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Bilton Infant School‘Be the best we can be’

Welcome toBilton Infant School‘Be the best we can be’

Science

 

What do we want our curriculum to achieve?
  • Encourage children to be inquisitive about the world around them through varied and first hand experiences
  • Encourage children to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers
  • Build upon knowledge and skills from previous years 
  • Develop an understanding of vocabulary and challenging concepts
  • Gain insight into the work of scientists

How do we fulfil this?

  • Science is taught in planned topic modules
  • We provide further opportunities to revisit learning for each cohort each year.

Year 1

Introduce Animals, including humans

Pupils are taught to:

  • identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
  • identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
  • describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals including pets)
  • identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense

 

Introduce Everyday Materials

Pupils are taught to:

  • distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
  • identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock
  • describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
  • compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties

 

Introduce Plants

Pupils are taught to:

  • identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees
  • identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees

 

Seasonal changes and weather

Pupils are taught to:

  • observe changes across the 4 seasons
  • observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies

 

Year 2

Introduce Animals, including humans

Pupils are taught to:

  • notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults
  • find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air)
  • describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene

 

Introduce Living things and their habitats

Pupils are taught to:

  • explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
  • identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
  • describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food

 

Introduce Plants

Pupils are taught to:

  • observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants
  • find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy

 

Uses of Everyday Materials

Pupils are taught to:

  • identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses
  • find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching

 

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