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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

Autumn 2

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

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