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Middlefield Community Primary School

Middlefield

Community Primary School

Science

At Middlefield our Science lesson are designed to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen and what they do.  We teach methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought, with children learning to ask scientific questions and the practical and research skills needed to find some of the answers.

Aims

The aims of science are to enable the children to:

  • ask and answer scientific questions;
  • plan and carry out scientific investigations, using equipment,     including computers, correctly;
  • know and understand the life processes of living things;
  • know and understand the physical processes of materials, electricity, light, sound and natural forces;
  • know about the nature of the solar system, including the earth.

evaluate evidence and present their conclusions clearly and accurately.

Asking and answering scientific questions in Year Four

Subject Organisation and Planning

The National Curriculum is divided into 3 stages:

Key Stage One (YR1/2)

Lower Key Stage Two (YR3/4)

Upper Key Stage Two (YR5/6)

By the end of each key stage, children are expected to know, apply and understand the relevant programmes of study.   

 

Science units taught

2017-2018 (Cycle ‘B’)

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3 & 4

Year 5 & 6

Autumn 1

 

 

States of matter

Animals including humans (Y6)

Autumn 2

Seasonal changes

Animals including humans

Electricity

Evolution and inheritence

Spring 1

Everyday materials

Everyday materials (Uses)

Animals including humans (Y3)

Earth and Space

Spring 2

Plants

Plants

Sound

Working scientifically

Summer 1

Animals including humans

Living things and their habitats

Working scientifically

Living things and their habitats

Summer 2

Seasonal changes

Living things and their habitats

Living things and their habitats

Light

 

2018-2019 (Cycle ‘A’)

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3 & 4

Year 5 & 6

Autumn 1

Everyday materials

Everyday materials (Uses)

Animals including humans (Y4)

Teeth and eating

Animals including humans (Y5)

Changes

Autumn 2

Seasonal changes

Animals including humans

Forces and Magnets

Living things and their habitats (Y6)

Spring 1

Animals including humans

Animals including humans

Rocks

Properties and changes of materials

Spring 2

Plants

Plants

Working scientifically

Working scientifically

Summer 1

Animals including humans

Living things and their habitats

Light

Forces

Summer 2

Seasonal changes

Living things and their habitats

Living things and their habitats - Plants

Electricity

 

Click on the link to gain a deeper understanding of the knowledge and skills developed through each unit of study.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/425618/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Science.pdf

In the Foundation Stage, children are given opportunities to explore scientific ideas though their play and exploration, and as a planned part of each topic.

 

Science Week

The ‘Working Scientifically’ aspect of science is greatly enhanced by ‘Middlefield Science Week’.  This has activities for the whole school, including an assembly/science show, workshops, challenges and often trips.  This helps to foster enthusiasm for practical science, outside of the prescribed science topics.

Science Week Gallery

The whole school enjoyed the ‘Mad Science’ show.

In Key Stage One, the children were challenged to design, make a test the best boat possible, selecting their own materials and style.

In Lower Key Stage Two, the children had to design, make and test a vehicle that would travel further than any other, and explored ways of making their own volcanic eruptions.

 

Creative Curriculum Themed Activity Days

At Middlefield we encourage children to be creative and imaginative and we believe that through designing and making products that solve real life and relevant problems within a variety of contexts they can begin to consider their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Our Creative Curriculum Themed days are designed to draw on disciplines from maths, science, computing and design & technology.

Once a year, the normal morning timetable (English / Maths / Reading / Science) is suspended for 3 days for a ‘Creative Curriculum Themed Activity’ These activities must combine skills from Computing, Design and Technology, Science and Maths and be linked to that terms creative curriculum theme.

For example, in the Autumn Term Year 5 & 6 theme is ‘Adventures at Sea / Pirates’ so children could research, plan, design, make and evaluate shelters for a desert island, that can withstand heavy winds and showers! Shelters could then be constructed outside on the school field.

 

Assessment

At Middlefield we strive for high standards in both all subjects.

Key skills, in each area of learning, are assessed using Classroom Monitor and used to inform planning for the following terms theme.

 

Moderation and Standardisation

Subject Leaders are responsible for monitoring their particular subject to ensure that it is implemented consistently and effectively in line with agreed policies.

Middlefield Curriculum Progression Grids are used to ensure that there is clear progression across year groups and key stages.

 

School Governors

An annual Curriculum Report is presented to the Governing Body during the school year, focusing on curriculum priorities identified in the School Development Plan.

The Curriculum Sub-Committee, which includes the Chair of Governors, Community Governor and Staff Governor, meet at least once per term with the AHT (Curriculum) to discuss curriculum priorities, achievements and next steps.