Science

The Power to Capture a Child's Imagination
 
"Why is the sky blue?"                "Where do stars come from?"
 

Science is the perfect subject to compliment a child’s natural curiosity and here at Our Lady and Saint Joseph School we are passionate about doing just that.

The teaching of Science offers our pupils the ability to access a wealth of knowledge and information which will contribute to an overall understanding of how and why things work the way they do. Science is able to explain the mechanisms and reasons behind the daily functioning of complex systems, which range from the human body to sophisticated modern methods of transport.

Our Aims
 

Through teaching Science, we aim to provide an atmosphere which encourages curiosity, perseverance, open mindedness, critical refelection and co operation.  We provide children with enjoyable experiences of Science in the hope that they will develop a deep and lasting interest in the subject and be motivated to study Science further.

We follow Hamilton trust planning and assessments from Rising Stars.  This is an engaging and motivating programme of study which supports children's learning of science.

 

Scientific Skills
 
Each Science topic is based around one of the three core disciplines (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), with children touching on all three each year.
 
Embedded in all Science lessons are opportunities to use a variety of investigative skills, engaging and becoming more familiar with each of the elements of the scientific method as they progress through the school.
Science Trips
 
As an inner London School, we are extremely lucky to have a range of opportunities for practical field work both within our beautiful school grounds and in the wider area.  We are constantly looking for new and meaningful experiences that will enrich the scientific understanding and investigative skills of the children in our school.  Previous trips have included The Science Museum, Kew Gardens, Hackney City Farm, London Zoo and many more.  Watch this space for posts on this year's Science trips.
 

Curriculum Overview Key Stage 1 & 2

 

Year 1

Biology 

  • Identify basic plants
  • Identify basic plant parts (roots, leaves, flowers, etc.)
  • Identify & compare common animals
  • Identify & name basic body parts

Chemistry

  • Distinguish between objects & materials
  • Identify & name common materials
  • Describe simple properties of some materials
  • Compare & classify materials

 Physics

  • Observe weather associated with changes of season

 

Year 2

Biology

  • Differentiate living, dead and non-living
  • Growing plants (water, light, warmth)
  • Basic needs of animals & offspring
  • Simple food chains & habitats

Chemistry

  • Identify and compare uses of different materials
  • Compare how things move on different surfaces

 

Year 3

Biology 

  • Plants, incl. parts, lifecycle and requirements for life
  • Animals: skeletons & nutrition

Chemistry

  • Classification of rock types
  • Simple understanding of fossilisation 

Physics

  • Sources of light; shadows & reflections
  • Simple forces, including magnetism

 

Year 4

Biology

  • Classify living things
  • Digestive system & teeth
  • Food chains

Chemistry

  • Changes of state
  • The water cycle

Physics

  • Sound as vibrations
  • Electricity: simple circuits & conductors

 

Year 5

Biology

  • Life cycles of plants & animals (inc. mammal, insect, bird, amphibian)
  • Describe changes as humans develop & mature

Chemistry

  • Classify materials according to a variety of properties
  • Understand mixtures & solutions
  • Know about reversible changes; identify irreversible

Physics

  • Understand location and interaction of Sun, Earth & Moon
  • Introduce gravity, resistance & mechanical forces

 

Year 6

Biology

  • Classification, including micro-organisms
  • Health & Lifestyles, incl. circulatory system
  • Evolution & Adaptation

Physics

  • Light & Shadows; the eye
  • Forces, including gravity
  • Electricity: investigating circuits
Science at Home
 
At Our Lady and St Joseph School, we actively encourage children to continue their investigations at home and even try some new ones.  During Science Week, we will be sharing a number of experiments involving equipment that children can find at home so that they can share the fun of scientific experiments with friends and family.
Website Links
 
There are some fantastic websites to help children learn about Science at home.  Why not try some of these!