Science

Children love Science!

 Every class observed the life cycle of a butterfly. They saw the four stages that include an egg, caterpillar, the formation of a chrysalis and finally an adult butterfly. Children watched excitedly as the adult butterflies were released in our grounds.

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Science teaching at Argyle is rooted in practical learning situations be they investigations in the school environment including the garden with its pond, at the Royal Institute of Science, the Chelsea Physic Garden, Natural History Museum or the Science Museum. Inquiry, formation of ideas, testing and explanation are encouraged through whole class, group or individual investigations and project work designed to arouse the children’s natural curiosity.

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In  2012 we were proud to be awarded The Primary Science Quality Mark Silver Award.

 

  Curriculum

IMG 3825Our Science curriculum enables pupils to look closely at the natural and man made world around them. As they progress through Key Stage 2 pupils will broaden their scientific view of the world and develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry  to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative and fair tests, and finding out using secondary sources of information.

The following table shows our Science curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 from September 2017.

  Autumn Spring Summer
 Year  1          
  • Seasonal changes in Weather, Plants and Trees 
  • Grouping Materials and their Properties
  • Seasonal changes in Weather, Plants and tree
  • Ourselves and the Senses    
  • Ongoing- weather and seasonal change, plants and trees
  • Classification of animals
  • Animal structure
  • Materials    
 Year 2
  • Begin tracking height / growth
  • Begin nature trails -forest environment - track seasonal change
  • Properties of Materials and their uses 
  • Changing Materials
  • Life Processes - how seeds and bulbs grow into plants
  • Investigate what plants need to grow
  • Humans - basic needs, life cycles, healthy eating, exercise
  • Continue to track Forest habitat across seasons
  • Habitats - how animals and plants are suited to their environment/micro-habitat
  • Continue to track Forest habitat through seasons
  • Food chains in Forest/Rainforest
  • Plant strawberries/raspberries etc
 Year 3
  • Seasonal change -seeds and seed dispersal
  • Grow plants in different environments
  • Ongoing survey of length of day
  • Rocks and Soils
  • Animals including  humans - skeletons of animals
  •  Continue Nture trail - collect seeds
  • Forces and Magnets
  • Light and Shadow
  • Plants - function of parts of plant
 Year 4
  • Biodiversity - bird boxe,pond survey
  • Classification of living things in their habitats - river as a habitat
  Electricity and Sound
  • Animals including Humans - digestive  system,teeth, food chains
  • Habitats of the countryside
 Year 5
  • Animals including humans - how we change
  • Life cycles of plants
  • Earth and Space - links to seasonal change
 Properties and Changes of Materials - link to recycling
  •  Life cycles of plants and animals leading to reproduction
  • Plant potatoes and geraniums
  • Forces
 Year 6  Animals and Humans - the human circulatory system, evolution  and adaptation  Physical Processes - Electricity and  Light
  •  Living things and their Habitats
  • Classification

 

Workshops

Children often partcipate in Science workshops run by specialists who are experts in their field.

Discovering the Differences and Appearance of  Bacteria in Year 2

The Crick Institute held workshops for Year 2 in which they learned about the appearance of bacteria cells. They represented these in drawings and displayed them in petri dishes.

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Classifying Fossils and Learning about Evolution in Year 6

As part of their work on Evoluton Year 6 took part in a workshop on classifying fossils. They learned about the different type of fossils and the characteristics of prehistoric creatures.The children discovered how studying animal skeletons and fossils provides valuable evidence into how life on earth has evolved since the time of dinosaurs.

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Finding Out About Space Travel in Year 5

Year 5 Visited the Science Museum as part of their learning on Earth and Space. They found out about early space travel and life in space for some of the first astronauts including Yuri Gargarin.

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