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Science

Intent

At the Queens’ Federation we aim to foster ‘Learning for Life.’

We will provide a rich, relevant and inspirational curriculum that promotes a lifelong love of learning and equips our pupils with the key knowledge and understanding, skills and personal qualities that they will need to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Our curriculum is designed to be relevant to our children and is linked to the context of our school and the local community.

At the Queens’ Federation, it is our aim to provide a high quality science curriculum that provides pupils with a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them think scientifically and develop scientific enquiry skills. Our curriculum will enable pupils to become enquiry based learners collaborating through researching, investigating and evaluating a wide range of experiences.

Pupils will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes. It will provide opportunities for the critical evaluation of evidence and rational explanation of scientific phenomena as well as opportunity to apply wider curriculum knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data. Pupils will be immersed in scientific vocabulary, which supports the acquisition of scientific knowledge and understanding.

Implementation

Encouraging children to ask questions, allowing them to indulge their curiosities and build on their abilities to find scientific answers by both logical enquiry and keen observation is at the heart of teaching and learning in science at the Queens’ Federation. Scientific enquiry skills are embedded into each topic that the pupils study. Topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school allowing pupils to build upon their prior knowledge and increase their understanding of all areas of science.

At the Queens’ Federation, our science curriculum is enriched through the use of cross-curricular links which make learning purposeful and relevant. We endeavor to provide regular on and off site science related experiences and provide opportunities to learn outdoors where appropriate, making learning relevant to our local area. We further supplement our curriculum with engaging science events and by utilising experts from within the local and wider community.

We view assessment as a holistic process, which takes place in every lesson through observation of, in questioning and in conversation with pupils and in the production of written outcomes. Science assessment criteria set out the key knowledge and skills that a pupil should achieve at the end of each unit of work.

Impact

At the Queens’ Federation pupils will develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about science. Our curriculum provides them with the necessary skills and knowledge to become young scientists and builds foundations for understanding the world that they can take with them once they complete their primary education.  Pupil outcomes evidence a broad and balanced science curriculum and at the end of each year, pupils achieve age related expectations and retain the knowledge and skills learnt from each unit of work.

Yearly Overview

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Y1

Everyday Materials

Seasonal Changes

Seasonal Changes Space

Animals, including Humans: Animals

Seasonal Changes

Animals, including Humans: Animals

Seasonal Changes

Plants
Seasonal Changes

Animals, including Humans: The Human Body / The Five Senses

Seasonal Changes

Y2 Animals including humans

Uses of Everyday Materials

Living things and their habitats Living things and their habitats Plants Plants
Y3 Animals including humans Rocks

Forces and Magnets

Animals, including Humans - Nutrition

Light Plants
Y4 Animals including humans Sound

States of Matter

Electricty Living Things and Habitats

Living Things and Habitats

Y5 Forces

Earth and Space

Living things and their habitats Animals including humans

Properties and Changes of Materials

Properties and Changes of Materials

Y6 Light Electricity Living things and their habitats

Evolution and Inheritance

Animals including humans

Animals including humans

 

Pupil Voice

The Science lead and Science governor did a pupil voice session with a selection of pupils (EAL, SEN, PP and differing abilities) to hear their thoughts on Science at Queen Emma. Please click on the images below to see their thoughts.

Examples Of Learning

Science

Year 1 had a great day learning all about Space. We went off in our rockets to learn a song all about the 8 planets in our solar system. We then coloured, cut out and ordered them correctly (the song really helped us with this!) Next we learnt about the relative sizes of planets, with Mercury being the size of a peppercorn, Earth a cherry tomato and Jupiter the size of a grapefruit! In the afternoon we learnt about how day and night are made using torches and pretending to be Earth and the moon orbiting around the sun. Finally we made our own model with split pins to recreate the Earth and moon’s orbit. Come and ask us more about our learning as we learnt so many interesting and out of this world facts.

During Year 4 Science we designed an experiment to see what the effect of different liquids was on eggshells. We used that information to think about how and when we should brush our teeth and what the effect of different liquids was on our teeth.

Year 6 were enthralled with the last lesson in their light unit. They looked at different coloured filters and saw what colour the new filters changed to. They filled in their own table of results and there were some surprises! Great prediction and interpreting results Year 6.  

Year 1 had a great time investigating which materials would be suitable for a helmet for the character in our class book, Traction Man. They had to use their scientific skills to predict which material would be best and investigated the properties of them. They had a great time while applying their knowledge practically.  

Pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 have been working extremely hard in Science this half term at Queen Emma. As you can see from the fantastic work, they have covered so many different Science topics such as light, the human body and life cycles. They have covered practical experiments, filling in tables, predictions and diagrams. Well done to all of the pupils and teachers for this half term’s amazing work.

Year 5 are enjoying their current Science unit, ‘forces’. They have been observing the effects of gravity, friction and air resistance. This week they have planned an enquiry from a given investigation question. They have been looking at the effects different surfaces have on the force needed to pull the object along, using a Newton meter.