Science

 

At Cromwell Primary School we have strived to maintain excellent standards in the teaching and learning of science. In order to meet national expectations for  our children  we have invested in the Collin’s Snap Science scheme.  This scheme is one which evolves to ensure teachers are always up-to-date with any changes to the new curriculum.

 

As part of our assessment routine we have recently introduced the Rising Stars material which helps teachers to track pupil progress throughout each topic.

 

In addition to meeting the statutory requirements we aim to reinforce our children’s learning through the use of Enrichment Lessons. These lessons aim to give the children the investigative opportunities to plug any gaps in learning, too.

 

Our Long term Plans for science across the School are as follows:

 

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Autumn 1

Humans

Humans

All About the body

Humans

Humans and Animals

Humans and Animals

Autumn 2

Seasonal changes

Everyday materials

Forces and Magnets

Electricity

Forces

Electricity

Spring 1

Everyday

materials

Animals

Rocks

State of matter

Properties and changes of materials

Light

 

 

 

Spring 2

Plants

Plants

Plants

Sound

Properties and changes of materials

Evolution and Inheritance

Summer 1

Animals

Living Things and Habitats

Animals

Animals

Earth and Space

Living Things and Habitats

Summer 2

Seasonal Changes

Living Things and Habitats

Light and Shadow

Living Things and Habitats

Living Things and Habitats

Living Things and Habitats

 

 

 

For each year group we have organised enriching experiences related to science study. We have good links with Birmingham’s Think Tank team who regularly come into our school  to put on inspirational learning workshops. Similarly our children also visit Think Tank at their Millenium Point centre. In addition we have also organised trips to Southfields Farm and the Botanical Gardens.

 

The new curriculum for science has placed a greater emphasis on the use of mathematics and computing skills. This means children need to be able to draw  on those skills, too. 

 

It would be very helpful if your child could have the opportunity to practise those combined skills at home, too.

 

The BBC’s Bitesize website is a useful tool which children can use at home to help them reinforce their science learning from the classroom. In addition to this there are lots of simple activities children can do to further their curiosity and develop their enquiring minds with your support.