In Reception, children begin their scientific journey at Thomas Jolyffe by learning how caterpillars turn into butterflies, visiting the Forest School and watching how flowering plants change. They investigate different materials thinking about the most suitable materials for making boats and raincoats. They learn about different environments, such as India and the seaside, which link with geography.
In Year 1, children’s learning progresses by finding out about plants and animals which live in different habitats. They find out about materials and how they can be grouped. Children learn to name the body parts and find out about the five human senses. They learn how to care for plants.
Progressing into Year 2, children learn in a little more depth about what animals and humans need in order to survive and grow. They find out about pushes and pulls, learning that these are called “forces” and make things move. By the end of year 2 children know where sound and light comes from, and what electricity is, making them KS2 ready.
At the start of the Juniors, Year 3 children start to broaden their understanding of how their bodies work and how to keep healthy. They discover about solids, liquids and gases and their properties.
In Year 4, children progress to learn how to make electric circuits, how sounds are made and how shadows are formed. They find out how some plants and animals have adapted to living and how fossils are formed. Children learn about friction and how magnetic forces work. They find out about food chains and water transportation in plants, leaving them equipped to progress into the upper KS2 curriculum of science.
By the end of Year 5 children have learnt how molecules in solids, liquids and gases behave differently and how some materials can be changed. They learn about reversible and irreversible changes. Children find out about how and why living things are classified and the differences in life-cycles in different groups of animals.
Children in Year 6 learn about the earth, sun and the moon. They find out about gravity and air resistance. Children learn how the bones, muscles and the human heart works. They study sound and light, finding out how the human ear and eye works, and how the pitch of a sound can be changed. Evolution and how plants and animals are reproduced is also studied in year 6, along with learning about different kinds of electrical circuits and how to build circuits from circuit diagrams, leaving the children in good stead for science at KS3.
Mrs H. Anderson - Science Coordinator