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SCIENCE AT GUESTLING

The teaching of Science will help children to observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and phenomena. It will help the children to develop links between ideas and to explain things using simple models and theories.  We live in an increasingly scientific and technological world where children need to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for everyday life.

AIMS AND PURPOSE

EVENTS AND VISITS

We have the Herstmonceux Science Centre close at hand, which we have visited on many occasions. Last year, we had our very own stargazing event at school and worked closely with the observatory and East Sussex Astronomy society. 

FOUNDATION STAGE

In Reception science is taught as an integral part of the topic work during the year. Science makes a significant contribution to developing a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world.

Children will learn to:

  • Ask questions about why things happen and how they work
  • Look at similarities and differences
  • Look for patterns
  • Make observations about animals, plants, objects and their environment
  • Find out about technology and use programmes to help their learning

You can help at home by playing with your child and asking what they found out. Make a trip to the park or shops a chance for your child to find out about the world around them.

KEY STAGE 1 - YEARS 1 & 2

Topics covered in Year 1:

  • Materials
  • Animals including humans 
  • Seasons
  • Plants 

Topics covered in Year 2:

  • Animals including humans 
  • Use of everyday materials 
  • All living things and their habitats
  • Plants

KEY STAGE 2 - YEARS 3, 4, 5 & 6

Topics covered in Year 3:

  • Animals, including humans
  • Rocks, soils and fossils
  • Forces and magnets
  • Plants
  • Animals life cycles 
  • Light and shadows

Topics covered in Year 4:

  • Electricity
  • Sound
  • Digestive system and teeth 
  • Food chains 
  • Habitats
  • Solids, liquids and gases/water cycle.

Topics covered in Year 5:

  • Properties and changes of materials
  • Forces
  • Earth and space
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals, including humans

Topics covered in Year 6:

  • Light
  • Animals, including humans
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Electricity
  • Classifying living things and habitats

LINKS

Herstmonceux Science Centre

BBC Bitesize - click on the key stage, then the subject you are interested in.

National Geographic Kids

Science for Kids

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