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Science at St Robert Bellarmine Primary School

 

Science is a major part of the curriculum in any school and St Robert Bellarmine Primary School is no different.  It is our aim to develop a child's understanding of the world about them and their own interaction with it through research, cross-curricular links, hands on experience and fun!

 

Our curriculum has evolved into a topic based approach and most teaching and learning of Science is carried out within those topics.  This means that we can ensure that the children have a valuable and exciting learning experience which we hope will inspire them to have a life long interest in the scientific world. The learning we deliver is varied and interesting, but still cumulative in nature so that the children's understanding develops as they move through the school.

 

In parallel the children are constantly developing their skills in scientific enquiry.  This refers to their skills questioning in a scientific manner and then to researching and investigating to find answers to their question.  This includes the skill of 'fair testing.'

 

A fair test is an experiment where only one thing is changed in the test, therefore the results can only be due to that one change.  Imagine a child was testing whether a toy car would roll further on wood or carpet.  They would roll the car with same force on the wood and on the carpet and measure the difference.   This is a fair test.  However, if the child chose one car to roll on the wood and another to roll on the carpet, the test would not be fair. Would the difference in distance be because of the surface they rolled on, or because one car was better than the other?

Topics covered:

 

Year 1

Plants

Seasonal Change - 2 topics

Animals including Humans

Everyday materials - 2 topics

 

Year 2

Everyday materials

Plants - 2 topics

Animals including Humans -2 topics

Living things and their habitats

 

Year 3

Light

Rocks

Investigations

Forces and Magnets

Plants

Animals including Humans

 

Year 4

Investigations

Animals including Food chains

States of Matter

Living things and their Habitats

Electricity

Sound

 

Year 5

Properties and changes of Material - 2 topics

Forces

Earth and Space

Animals including Humans

Living things in their habitat

 

 

Year 6

Animals including Humans

Electricity

Light

Living things and their habitats

Evolution and Inheritance

 

 

Science Long Term Plan Overview

Science Investigations. 

There are different forms of science enquiry including: carrying out a fair test, conducting a survey, classifying and observing and measuring something over time. Here are some photographs of science enquiry taking place in our school.

Year 6 - Light travels in straight lines.

How does the distance the opaque object is from the light source affect the size of the shadow?

How does the distance the opaque object is from the light source affect the size of the shadow?  1
How does the distance the opaque object is from the light source affect the size of the shadow?  2
How does the distance the opaque object is from the light source affect the size of the shadow?  3
How does the distance the opaque object is from the light source affect the size of the shadow?  4

How does exercise affect our heart rate and why?

Materials. 

Year 1 were experimenting with different materials to build the house from The Three Little Pigs. They were trying to answer the question: Which house was hardest to blow down? 

 

 

Light and Shadows

Year 3 went outside in the sun to investigate what their shadows looked like and how they were formed. They then went on to work in groups to design a fair test to investigate light. 

Investigating Magnets. 

Year three set up an investigation to find out which magnet was strongest. They used different magnets and measured the height at which it could pick up the paperclip. 

Classification Keys. 

Year 6 collected a range of leaves from trees and bushes around our surrounding area. They then identified the leaves by looking closely at their features. Once they had done this the pupils set about writing their own classification keys to help identify the leaves we can see around our school environment. 

 

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