Physical education

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Science

Discovering things for themselves, rather than being told, is a great way to learn in a meaningful way. It’s not always finding out why things work but also learning from why things don’t work. At Lady Katherine, we want to inspire curiosity in all children while also enabling children to make connections between previous knowledge. We also recognise that exploration is a vital part of children’s learning and the teaching and learning of Science should be done through practical experiences wherever possible. As ‘confident learners’ our children will be encouraged to ask questions, take risks, experiment, reflect, make and learn from mistakes, in a safe environment: whereby as ‘global learners’ they acquire and apply core skills which equip them for an ever-changing world.

As ‘joyful leaners,’ we intend that our pupils will enjoy their learning.  We intend to deliver a rich curriculum, based on the EYFS framework and the National Curriculum. Units have been written to provide hands on opportunities to investigate, observe and to ask and answer questions. Knowledge and skills build-up progressively across the units as children move through the school. For investigative work, planning experiments, analysing data and making and evaluating hypotheses and conclusions, we use a scientific enquiry framework. This framework is consistent throughput KS1 and 2 to support children’s learning in this area. Outdoor learning is maximised through the use of our extensive grounds and through Forest School activities.

Useful Resources

Books about nature

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1

Ongoing: seasonal changes including weather, changes to plants and habitats

Plants

Animals including humans

Everyday Materials

Year 2

Ongoing: planting different seeds and bulbs throughout the year, weeding and observing growth, revisiting habitats to record changes

Living things and their habitats

Animals Including Humans

(Animal focus)

Animals Including humans

(Human focus)

Plants

Everyday uses of materials

Year 3

Ongoing: visit the same plants throughout the year, observing change in appearance over the year – losing leaves, buds developing into flowers, flowers developing into seeds or berries.

Animals including humans

Forces and Magnets

Light

Plants

Rocks and Soils

Year 4

Ongoing: visit the same plants throughout the year gathering evidence linked to their life cycle e.g. collecting seeds and taking photographs or making observational drawings for buds, flowers etc.

Living things and their habitats

Animals Including Humans

States of Matter

Electricity

Sound

Year 5

There are no specific stands to be taught ongoing through the year

Changes in everyday materials

Living things and their habitats

Animals including humans

Forces and magnets

Earth and Space

Year 6

There are no specific stands to be taught ongoing through the year

Living things and their habitats

Animals including humans

Electricity

Light

Evolution and Inheritance