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Science

All the pupils in the DBCPS community, including SEN and disadvantaged pupils, will participate and learn the following concepts and themes through their journey here.

They will study different science topics throughout their time at DBCPS that will build on previous learning, help them in the future and always engage and excite their learning in the present. To allow children full access to the curriculum at DBCPS we use relevant resources and adapt the teaching style and delivery of the Science curriculum to ensure it meets each individual child’s needs and allow them to make progression according to their abilities.

At DBCPS we aim:

  • To teach all children to understand the world around them and how it works
  • To develop all children’s curiosity and ability to create and test a theory about how things work

We do this through the following key concepts:

  • Hypothesis
  • Prediction/Theorising
  • Enquiry/Investigation/Fair testing-controlling variables
  • Observation
  • Analysis
  • Comparing/contrasting
  • Evaluation
  • Generalising
  • Scientific laws

By connecting our British Values through the teaching of Science, we explore issues that affect us all in our lives and this helps inform decisions that will shape our future for example, individual liberty where for example in Year 5, they are learning about making healthy lifestyle choices. In Year 4 and 6 they are learning how their choices impact on the environment.

Through scientific investigation we aim to foster pupils’ understanding of content learned and the world around them by testing, analysing and evaluating information gained through testing, generalising and proving the wider implications of the evaluation and finally gaining a deeper understanding of scientific laws. We want pupils to be able to accurately articulate their thoughts and opinions through the acquisition and use of technical and non-technical vocabulary.

In EYFS, we start to explore the world around us, recognising similarities and differences between the natural world and a contrasting world and environment. The pupils will also understand the important processes that take place in the natural world.  We use a variety of equipment to help create and lead investigations which follow the children’s own ideas of what they want to learn, for example the interest trays, investigation station, water area to develop the idea of forces with floating and sinking which link to seasons and the light box.  Over the year the children will learn about: planting, floating, sinking, changes in the lifecycle of caterpillar, frog and chicken

In Year 1, children learn about seasonal change in Term 2. We chose this as the first Science topic as it is something experience it first-hand. It also connects to their Geography topic where they investigate the weather, meaning they can make good horizontal links in their learning. Pupils begin by looking at the current season using observation skills and simple equipment. Then they build on this by comparing and describing two seasons, collating simple data e.g. a pictogram of different weather. Their next Science topic is Materials. The intent of this unit is to improve and extend children’s scientific vocabulary. Children start to identify and classify by naming the materials that an object is made from. Children then observe these materials closely, comparing and grouping them by their physical properties. This is knowledge they will draw on in Year 2, 4 and 5 when they revisit the materials topic. In Term 5 and 6 children learn about Plants and Animals using their local environment. Children learn to identify the animal groups and name common animals from each group. They develop their skill of identifying and classifying which they draw on every year in science. They learn the names of common British plants and trees and describe their structure. By the end of Year 1 all children have talked about scientific questions and answered them as a class or on their own by performing simple scientific tests.

In Year 2, children build on their knowledge of the human body by learning how babies grow into adults in the human life cycle. The 7 life process are introduced to classify living and non-living things. They begin to perform simple comparative tests to investigate the importance of exercise and hygiene for humans. In Term 3, they use their scientific vocabulary from Year 1 to compare the suitability of everyday materials for their uses. They perform investigations into how materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. In the summer term pupils build on their plant knowledge from Year 1, learning about the life cycle of a sunflower. To find out the needs of plants children grow cress seeds in a variety of conditions. The 7 life processes are revisited to show that plants are living things too. In Term 6 children compare the differences between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive. They identify and describe local and world habitats and describe how the plants and animals are suited to their habitat. Children create simple food chains and investigate how plants and animals depend on each other for survival.

In Year 3, pupils start learning about light. They learn what a light source is and that we need light to be able to see. Children investigate how light is reflected from surfaces and learn the importance of protecting their eyes from dangerous light from the sun. They perform comparative tests about shadows, how they are formed and how they can be changed to find patterns in the way the size of the shadow changes. In Term 4, children are introduced to rocks and soils. This topic uses the children’s strong knowledge of property vocabulary from KS1 to compare and group different kinds of rocks by their appearance and physical properties. Fossils is introduced in preparation for the evolution topic in Year 6. In Term 5, children are introduced to Forces for the first time. They use the familiar concept of comparing and grouping to investigate how different things move. Carrying out tests to answer their own scientific questions. They investigate magnets and patterns in the way that they behave in relation to each other.  In the final term of Year 3, pupils are introduced to the relationship between plant structure and function. They investigate how the stem and roots that they learned about in Year 1, transport water and how the flower plays a part in the life cycle of the plant that they learned in Year 2. Then children build on their learning of humans and animals from Year 2. They continue to learn about the importance of nutrition and link the skeleton and muscles to the body parts they learned in Year 1. They find answers to scientific questions about diet and food groups, comparing and contrasting the diets of different animals (including pets).

In Year 4, children continue this learning about animals including humans. They revise the body parts from Year 3 and are introduced to the parts associated with the digestive system. They ask their own scientific questions to help them understand the special functions of each part. Building on their learning about food chains from Year 2, children perform comparative tests on the teeth of carnivores and herbivores to suggest reasons for the differences, finding out what damages teeth and how to look after them. In Term 3, pupils continue to explore everyday materials, developing simple descriptions of their states of matter, observing the changes to water when it is heated or cooled. Pupils will begin to learn about scientific law, researching the temperature at which materials change state e.g. when does iron or oxygen convert to liquid. This knowledge will be important to help them predict and hypothesise in Year 5 when children learn how materials can be dissolved into or recovered from a solution. In Term 5 children are introduced to electricity for the first time. They focus on constructing simple circuits and drawing them using their own symbols, ready to learn the conventional circuit symbols in Year 6. They evaluate and compare the dangers of using electricity by learning about conductors and insulators. Pupils then look at their local environment and build on their understanding of habitats from Year 2 to study how habitats change throughout the year. Pupils continue to group and classify a wide range of living thigs that include animals and plants.