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Science at Braunstone Frith Primary School.

 

 

 Science topics for KS2 

Following the introduction of the new National Curriculum we have decided to teach our science curriculum following a new enquiry based approach. This means, simply, that we will teach topics by looking at a range of questions about that topic.

In Year 3 the children will be looking at the following topics :

Animals (including humans)

  • Nutrition, linked to what we eat

  • Skeletons and muscles 

Plants

  • Function of different parts of plants
  • What different plants need to flourish
  • Journey of the food in a plant
  • Life cycle of a plant 

Light

  • Sources, including the Sun and electricity
  • Shadows
  • Reflection
  • Vocab: eg, translucent 

Forces and Magnets

  • How magnets attract some materials
  • Floating and sinking 

Rocks

  • How rocks are formed
  • Different kinds of rocks
  • Fossils

 

In Year 4 the children will be looking at the following topics : 

Animals (including humans)

  • Digestive System
  • Teeth 

All living things

  • Identify and name a variety of living things (plants and animals) in the local and wider environment
  • Recognise that environments can change and can pose dangers 

States of Matter

  • Solids, Liquids and Gases
  • Heating and cooling (no baking, etc.)
  • Evaporation and condensation 

Electricity 

  • Alternative sources of energy 

Sound 

  • Sources
  • Vibration
  • Loud and faint
  • Pitch
  • Volume

 

In Year 5 the children will be looking at the following topics :

 

All living things 

  • Life cycles of plants and animals
  • Birth, growth, development, and reproduction 

 Animals (including humans) 

  • Changes as humans develop from birth to old age 

Properties and changes of materials 

  • Dissolving
  • Evaporating
  • Filtering
  • Reversible and Irreversible changes 

Earth and Space and Magnetism 

  • Earth relative to the Sun
  • Moon relative to the Earth
  • Relationship between Sun, Earth and Moon
  • Earth’s rotation
  • Day and night 

Forces 

  • Gravity
  • Air Resistance
  • Water Resistance
  • Friction
  • Gears, Pulleys, Leavers and Springs 

 

In Year 6 the children will still be tested based on the existing National Curriculum but next year the curriculum will be : 

All living things 

  • Classification of living things
  • Vertebrates and invertebrates
  • Classifying reptiles, amphibians, mammals, insects, etc. 

 Animals (including humans) 

  • Circulatory system
  • Heart, blood vessels
  • Diet, exercise and drugs
  • Transport of nutrients through the body 

Evolution and inheritance 

  • Fossils tell us about the past
  • Off spring
  • Changes to the human skeleton over time
  • Darwin

Light 

  • How light travels
  • The eye
  • Shadows 

Electricity 

  • Electrical circuits (series)
  • Designing traffic lights
  • Gears, Pulleys, Leavers and Springs 

 

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 3

How can Usain Bolt move so quickly?

 

What do rocks tell us about the way the earth was formed?

How far can you throw your shadow?

 

 

How did that blossom become an apple?

 

Are you attractive enough?

Year 4

Why is the sound that One Direction makes enjoyed by so many?

 

How would you survive without water?

How could you cope without electricity for a day?

Which wild animals and plants thrive in Bradgate Park?

 

What happens to the food we eat?

Year 5

Can you feel the force?

 

Could you be the next CSI investigator?

Will we ever send another human to the moon?

Do all animals start life as an egg?

 

How different will you be when you are as old as your grandparents?

Year 6

What would a journey through your body be like?

 

Have we always looked like this?

Could Spiderman really exist?

 

How can you light up your life?

Could you be the next Nintendo/Apple/Sony/etc apprentice?

 

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                   A selection of Science displays in KS2