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SCIENCE

Science at Fox Hill is taught mostly through half-termly Science weeks although if Science fits into our topics, we will teach it throughout the term. Our regular Science weeks enable Science to become cross-curricular, with it being used in English, Maths and even Art lessons.

In June 2018, Fox Hill received the following message from the Executive Producer of the BBC's Terrific Scientific initiative:

I am delighted to inform you that as a result of the hard work and dedication of your pupils, we are awarding Fox Hill Primary School ‘School of Excellence’ status. This award is supported by the Primary Science Quality Mark and the BBC.

We are presenting you with our Terrific Scientific ‘School of Excellence’ digital emblem, attached to this email, which you can use on your website, letterheads, social media or anywhere else you want to show it off! We hope you will display the certificate with pride.

Obviously, this is fantastic news and recognises all of the fantastic Science work going on throughout the school!

 

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We follow the National Curriculum guidance for the Science topics which are covered in each year-group - see the document below.

 

Autumn 1

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Spring 1

Spring 2 (During National Science Week)

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1

 

Seasonal Changes (Summer/Autumn focus)

 

Animals, including humans (taught over 2 weeks)

 

Plants

 

Seasonal Changes (Winter->Spring focus)

 

Seasonal Changes (Summer focus)

 

Everyday Materials(taught over 2 weeks)

 

Year 2

 

 

All living things and their habitats (taught over 2 weeks in Aut 2)

 

Plants

 

 

Animals, including humans

 

Use of Everyday materials (taught over 2 weeks)

 

Year 3

Rocks

 

Light

 

Forces and Magnets

 

 

Forces and Magnets

 

 

 

Plants

 

Animals, including humans

 

Year 4

Animal, including humans

 

Animal, including humans

 

Electricity

 

States of Matter

 

All Living Things

 

Sound

 

Year 5

Earth and Space

 

Forces

 

Properties & Changes of Materials

 

Properties & Changes of Materials

 

All Living Things

 

Animals, including animals

 

Year 6

Evolution & inheritance

 

All Living Things

 

Animals including humans

 

Light

 

Electricity

 

Working Scientifically

 

 

Working Scientifically Programme of Study – statutory requirements

Year 1 and 2

During years 1 and 2, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

* asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways

* observing closely, using simple equipment

* performing simple tests

* identifying and classifying

* using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions

* gathering and recording data to help in answering question

Year 3 and 4

During years 3 and 4, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

* asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them

* setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests

* making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers

* gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions

* recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables

* reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions

* using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions

* identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes

* using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings

Year 5 and 6

During years 5 and 6, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

*planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables * taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate

* recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs

* using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests

* reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations

*identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments

National Science Week

To mark this national week of recognition, the whole of Fox Hill (from Nursery to Year 6) embarked on 5 days of Science investigations, experiments and tests.  Each day started with an assembly which was followed by Scientific activities back in class.  Our findings were then reported back to the rest of the school in the following day's assembly.  All children embraced this opportunity to develop enquiring minds and to use more scientific vocabulary.

We all investigated which biscuits are best for dunking!  Although there were a few anomalies in our results, most classes agreed that Rich Tea biscuits are the least likely to fall apart in your cup of tea!  Year 6 considered the fat and sugar content of the biscuit selection and realised that the less fat and sugar there is, the less likely the biscuit is to fall apart in a liquid.

Another investigation was into paper towels - we wanted to find out which paper towels are the most absorbent and we had 5 different brands to experiment with.  Again, the results varied slightly across the school but Plenty came out as the overall winner!

Further experiments included floating and sinking, forces in levers (we all made catapults!) and also static electricity.

Forces and Levers - CATAPULTS (various classes)

The children were challenged to make something with a blob of white "blu-tac" that would float and was capable of taking a load.

Year 4 investigating biscuit dunking

Groups of children each tested a different type of biscuit at 3 different temperatures.  The top biscuits if you like to dunk without losing your biscuit in your drink was Rich Tea.

Year 5 Investigating Biscuit Absorbency

Year 5 Investigating Paper Towel Absorbency

Year 6 carrying out investigations during Science Week

To conclude Science Week at Fox Hill, parents were invited into school to visit classrooms adn see what their childrne had been learning all week.  Year 6 took this challenge one step further and set up an interactive Science Fair in the hall for all parents to visit and be involved in.  The children did exceptionally well in explaining their investigations and findings and also invited the parents to attempt some of the tests themselves.
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Year One
Year Two
Year Three
Year Four

Year 4 Science Week - October 2018

The children had fun learning about the Digestive System in humans.  The practical lesson enabled the children to "see" and "feel" what happens to food once inside the body.  Most children took part in the "Two Minutes" teeth brushing challenge and checked the effectiveness of their techniques using disclosing tablets.

Practical lessons

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Practical lessons 4
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Year Five

October 2018 - Forces:

Our first Science Week focussed on Forces. As our current topic is Space, we looked in depth at gravity and wrote our own explanation texts. Throughout the week we conducted a variety of different experiments testing resistance, friction and balancing forces. We ensured we wrote our investigations thoroughly, creating graphs to support our conclusions. 

March 2019 - Living Things and their Habitats (Life Cycles):

In March 2019, during our class Science Week, we were learning about the life cycles of a variety of animals and plants. To make our learning more meaningful, we had caterpillars delivered to our classroom. We will be closely monitoring their progress through their own life cycle to transform into butterflies.

PLEASE have a look at our class blog: www.YearFiveButterflyBlog.blogspot.com

Year Six

Light and Shadows

One of Year 6's Science topics in the Spring Term is Light.  We have looked at opaque, transluscent and transparent objects and have compared the shadows created by these using the grey scale.  We have also investigated the size and direction of shadows.

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