Science

Children love Science!

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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

Our 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 2020 - 21

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 Year  1          
  • Seasonal changes in Weather, Plants and Trees 
  • Naterials - Grouping Materials and their Properties
  • Seasonal changes in Weather, Plants and tree
  • Animals Including Humans - Ourselves and the Senses    
  • Ongoing- weather and seasonal change, plants and trees
  • Classification of animals
  • Animals Iincluding Humans structure - naming animals and identifying and naming carnivores, herbivores and omnivores   
 Year 2
  • Seasonal Change including microhabitats
  • Observe weather  seasonal change
  • Create weather stations
  • Materials and their Properties
  • Continue to  observe changes in weather and seasons and microhabitats
  • Animals Including Humans, parts of body and senses
  • Lifecycles and diaries of butterflies, frogs, ducklings
  • Continue to track seasonal changes in weather and return to microhabitats
  • Animals Including Humans
  • Animal Food Chains
 Year 3
  • Seasonal change -seeds and seed dispersal
  • Grow plants in different environments
  • Rocks and Soils
  • Soil survey
  • Worm survey
  •  Continue Nature trail - collect seeds
  • Animals Including Humans - skeletons of animals
  • Light
  • Plants - function of parts of plant
  • Forces and Magnets
 Year 4
  • Materials - States of Matter
  • Electricity - working electric lamp
  • Sound 
  • Living Things and Their Habitats - river as a habitat, river dipping, compare water4 quality with international rivers

 

  • Animals including Humans - digestive  system,teeth, food chains
  • Continue with Living Things and Their Habitats
 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 SRE and reproduction
  • Forces
  • Plant potatoes and geraniums
 Year 6
  • Animals Including Humans - the human circulatory system
  • Evolution and Adaptation
  • Living Things and Their Habitats
  • Classification

 

  •  Physical Processes - Electricity and Light

 

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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