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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)




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)





Animals, including humans


Use of Everyday materials (taught over 2 weeks)


Year 3





Forces and Magnets



Forces and Magnets






Animals, including humans


Year 4

Animal, including humans


Animal, including humans




States of Matter


All Living Things




Year 5

Properties & Changes of Materials


Earth and Space




Properties & Changes of Materials


All Living Things


Animals, including animals


Year 6

Evolution & inheritance


All Living Things


Animals including humans






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 - March 2018

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 and 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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