Science in the New National Curriculum

 

 

Science in the new curriculum

 

As you may be aware the government have brought in a new curriculum with many changes throughout all subjects. Science now has a strong focus on scientific knowledge and language; however the topics we cover are very similar to the old curriculum. Some are now taught in different year groups and evolution will be taught in primary schools for the first time.

 

Below is an overview of the topics covered within each year group to give you an idea of what your children will learn during their time at school. As we have mixed aged year groups our children may not cover these topics in the set year. To ensure all children study each topic we have planned our science topics over a 3 year cycle.

 

Year 1

Working Scientifically

Plants

Animals including humans

Everyday materials

Seasonal Changes

 

Year 2

All living things and their habitats

Plants

Animals including humans

Use of everyday materials

 

Year 3

Working Scientifically

Plants

Animals including humans

Rocks

Light

Forces and magnets

Year 4

All living things

Animals including humans

States of matter

Sound

Electricity

Year 5

Working Scientifically

All living things

Animals including humans

Properties and changes of materials

Earth and Space

Forces

Year 6

All living things

Animals including humans

Evolution and inheritance

Light

Electricity

 

How can I help my child?

Science is something that is fun and easy to do at home whether it is a mini experiment or online games and activities. Here are some websites you may find helpful when supporting your child’s learning at home.

 

Science experiments

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments.html

http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/

http://www.kidspot.com.au/kids-activities-and-games/science-experiments+10.htm

http://www.pinterest.com/stevespangler/best-kids-science-experiments/

Games and activities

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/gamesactivities.html

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/online_science/games.aspx

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/revision/science/

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2science.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/interactive.aspx?cat=62

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/index_flash.shtml