Science


Science is core to our teaching at Riverside. It forms a significant portion of a number of themes throughout the school. Science is taught to incorporate both skills and content.

We aim to:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding.
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Ensure children are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

 

Working scientifically, children at Key Stage 1 will be…

  • 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.

 

At Key Stage 1, children are taught the following topics:

  • Plants.
  • Animals, including humans.
  • Everyday materials and their uses.
  • Seasonal changes.
  • Living things and their habitats.

 

Working scientifically, children in Years 3 and 4 will be…

  • 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.

 

In Years 3 and 4, children are taught the following topics:

  • Plants.
  • Animals, including humans.
  • Rocks.
  • Light.
  • Forces and magnets.
  • Living things and their habitats.
  • States of matter.
  • Sound.
  • Electricity.

 

Working scientifically, children in Years 5 and 6 will be…

  • 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.

 

In Years 5 and 6, children are taught the following topics:

  • Living things and their habitats.
  • Animals, including humans.
  • Properties and changes of materials.
  • Earth and space.
  • Forces.
  • Evolution and inheritance.
  • Light.
  • Electricity.