Science

Science Programmes of Study at Burford School

(Further details listed by year group in sub-tabs) 

Year Group Programmes of Study
Year 1 Plants

Animals including Humans

Everyday Materials

Seasonal Changes

Year 2 Living Things

Plants

Uses of Everyday Materials

Animals including Humans

Year 3 Forces & Magnets

Light

Rocks

Animals including Humans (inc teeth)

Plants

Year 4 States of Matter

Electricity

Sound

Living things and their Habitats

Animals including Humans (inc skeletons & muscles)

Year 5 Earth & Space

Animals including Humans

Living things and their Habitats

Properties and Changes of Materials

Year 6 Electricity

Light

Evolution and Inheritance

Animals including Humans (drugs & lifestyle only)

Living things and their Habitats

 

Key Stage 1 – Programme of Study (Years 1 and 2)

Working scientifically

 

Statutory requirements

During years 1 and 2, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

  • asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways
  • observing closely, using simple equipment
  • performing simple tests
  • identifying and classifying
  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

 

Lower Key Stage 2 – Programme of Study (Years 3 and 4)

 

Working scientifically

 

Statutory requirements

During years 3 and 4, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

  • asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
  • making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers
  • gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions
  • recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables
  • reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions
  • using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
  • identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
  • using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.

 

Upper Key Stage 2 – Programme of Study (Years 5 and 6)

 

Working scientifically

 

Statutory requirements

During years 5 and 6, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

  • planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
  • taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate
  • recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs
  • using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  • reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations
  • identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.

 

During the programmes of study at all age ranges, pupils will also look at the lives of prominent scientists.