Curriculum - Science

scienceAt Birchwood Junior School, we believe that the understanding of science is the understanding of the world around us and is therefore a key learning experience for all our children. To do this, we allow our children to DREAM BIG, something that underpins our whole school. In Science, we constantly let children develop these key skills, such as through asking questions, being resilient and discovering through their enriching curriculum. scienceWe allow our children to question, observe and explore, as these are key in the development of all children. We aim to model and teach these scientific thinking processes in order that all Birchwood pupils can be successful in their own exploration of the world they live in.


Useful websites:

scienceSpace!


scienceUnderstand How Things Work


scienceMake toys at home with common household materials, often in only a few minutes that demonstrate fascinating scientific principles.


scienceExtreme Science is the place online to find the biggest, baddest, and the best in the world of extremes and learn about the science behind what makes each the most extreme example of its kind.


scienceTake your pick and explore the beauty of the sea, or the wonders of the universe. Sea and Sky is an incredible resource, providing extensive information on the mysteries of each in amazing detail.


scienceA website providing fossil education, information and fun for kids of all ages. Questions will be answered, fossils will be found and you'll have fun in the process.


Science Progression Science Vocabulary

Long Term Science Mapping 2019-2020

YearTerm 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6
3ROCKS
Classification of rock types. Fossils.
SIMPLE
FORCES

Push and Pull. Magnetism.
LIGHT &
SHADOWS

Sources of light. Shadows and reflections.
ANIMALS
Nutrition. Skeleton and muscle structure.
PLANTS
Parts of a plant. Functions of parts. Requirements for life and growth. Investigate water transportation. Role of flowering plants - pollination.
PLANTS
Parts of a plant. Functions of parts. Requirements for life and growth. Investigate water transportation. Role of flowering plants – pollination.
4ELECTRICITY
Electrical appliances and sources. Circuits and conductors.
SOUND
How sounds are made and travel.
STATES OF
MATTER

Changing state through heating and cooling. Solids, liquids and gases.
STATES OF
MATTER

Changing state through heating and cooling. Solids, liquids and gases.
LIVING THINGS
AND THEIR
HABITATS

Parts of a plant. Food chains and the effect of environmental change.
ANIMALS,
INCLUDING
HUMANS

How food is broken down by the teeth and further in the stomach and intestines where nutrients go into the blood.
5CLASSIFYING
MATERIALS

Compare and group. Conductivity and magnetism.
CHANGING
MATERIALS

Use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated.
EARTH IN
SPACE

Describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system.
Describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth.
FORCES
Explain and identify gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction.
LIFECYCLES
Describe the changes as humans develop to old age. Recognise differences in life cycles
LIFECYCLES
Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals
6EVOLUTION
Understand how living things change over time and how fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago
EVOLUTION
Understand adaptation and genetics.
ANIMALS
INCLUDING
HUMANS

Identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system and describe the functions
LIVING THINGS
AND THEIR
HABITATS

Classification.
LIGHT
Understand light sources and how it travels. Shadows.
ELECTRICITY
Compare and give reasons for variations in how components function.