Science Learning at Watergate

Aims to ensure that our pupils:-

  • develop appropriate scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through investigation and exploration of a wide range of scientific activities, using their interests, familiar environments and appropriate aspects of the wider world
  • develop understanding at their developmental level, of the nature, processes and methods of science through a range of appropriate science enquiries that help them to show awareness and curiosity about the world around them
  • are equipped with an appropriate level of scientific knowledge, so that they can develop some understanding of the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Purpose of Study

  • To develop in Watergate children curiosity, an ability to communicate what they see, exploration and investigation of their environment and the materials around them; to develop vocabulary linked to science, to develop scientific skills and the understanding of simple scientific concepts, learning to work co-operatively and scientifically through fair testing, prediction and appropriate mathematical skills.
  • To explore and investigate at an appropriate level, using the topics of humans, animals, plants, everyday materials, seasonal changes, light, forces and magnets, sound, electricity, earth and space, animal habitats and inheritance, (relating it to their own family). Topics will be differentiated according to age, Key Stage and level of ability.
  • There will be an expectation that science will be a practical and fun activity which will motivate children to explore their environment and learn how the world around them works.
  • There will be opportunities to discover why learning science is important in understanding every aspect of our World.

Watergate follows a two year cycle of topics.  There is opportunity for revision within some of the Science content as well as discrete ‘block’ content over the two year cycle to ensure the science curriculum is covered over the course of the cycle.  See grids below.

 Early Years Foundation Stage – Knowledge and Understanding of the World

YEAR ONE

Travel and Transport Food Caring for our world
  • Exploration of objects and finding out how things work
  • Showing curiosity and responding to a range of objects and materials
  • Observing and manipulating objects
  • Talking about objects and events

 

  • exploring and investigating food using our senses
  • Naming and sorting foods
  • Exploring and investigating changes to food when it is heated or cooled

 

  • Exploration and investigation using senses
  • Noticing changes and similarities and differences
  • Developing interest in gardening
  • Communicating their learning

 

 

YEAR TWO

Light and Sound Where we Live Myself and the Animal Kingdom
  • Seeing and hearing –exploration and investigation
  • Exploring cause and effect through the use of switches

 

  • To manipulate objects and materials
  • To investigate materials using their senses
  • To look at similarities and differences between materials
  • To observe changes in materials

 

  • My senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell)
  • My body (main parts of body)
  • Naming and recognizing a variety of animals from different habitats
  • Learning to care for animals

 

2 year unit of study focus – Science

Year one

theme Continuing elements KS1 LKS2 UKS2
Travel and Transport

 

Sc4 Physical Processes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sc1

Science Enquiry

 

See MTP document

 

 

Forces

-moving

-coming to rest

-changing direction

-pushes and pulls

 

Sc4 2abc

Toys

Forces

-moving

-coming to rest

-changing direction

-pushes and pulls

-speed (ramp)

 

Sc4 2abcde

4abcd

Earth and Beyond

Sun and moon

Forces

-moving

-coming to rest

-changing direction

-pushes and pulls

-measuring speed (ramp)

 

Sc4 2abcde

4abcd

Earth and Beyond

The Planets

Food

 

Sc3Materials and their Properties

Also

Sc2 Life Processes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sc1

Science Enquiry

 

See MTP document

 

grouping materials

Properties of materials

Changing materials

 

Humans and other animals

-similarities and differences

 

Also healthy lifestyles and nutrition

Sc3 1abcd 2ab

Sc2 1b 2b

 

Foods we like

grouping materials

Properties of materials

Changing materials

Sequencing changes

Humans and other animals

-variation and classification

human anatomy

 

Also healthy lifestyles and nutrition

Sc3 1ae 2abcdfg 3abde

Sc2 1b 2ab

Food around the world

grouping materials

Properties of materials

Changing materials

Reversible/non-reversible changes

 

 

 

Also healthy lifestyles and nutrition

Sc3 1ae 2abcdfg 3abde

Sc2 1b 2ab

How our food is made

(heating, dissolving, mixing, cooling, etc)

Caring for our World

 

Sc2

Life Processes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sc1

Science Enquiry

 

See MTP document

 

Living things/never been alive

Types of animals

Green Plants

Living things in their environments

 

Sc2 1abc 2abeg 3abc

4ab 5abc

 

 

My garden

Living things/never been alive

Variation/classification

in locality

Humans and other animals – compare

Green Plants

Living things in their environments

Environmental issues – recycling

Sc2 1abc 3abcd 4abc

5abcdef

How plants grow

 

Living things/never been alive

Variation/classification

around the world

Humans and other animals – keys

Green Plants

Living things in their environments

Environmental issues –

Water cycle

Sc2 1abc 3abcd 4abc

5abcdef

Importance of plants

2 year unit of study focus – Science

Year two

theme Continuing elements KS1 LKS2 UKS2
Light, Sound, Electricity

 

 

Sc4 Physical Processes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sc1

Science Enquiry

 

See MTP document

 

Sources of light, sound and electricity

How light, sound and electricity travels

Shadows

Uses and Safety

Making an electric circuit

(start electricity this term to complete next term)

 

Sc4 1abc 3abcd

Senses

Light and dark

Sources of light, sound and electricity

How light, sound and electricity travels

Shadows

Uses and Safety

Making an electric circuit

(start electricity this term to complete next term)

 

Sc4 1abc 3abcdefg

Light and shadow

Sources of light, sound and electricity

Sources of light, sound and electricity

How light, sound and electricity travels

Uses and Safety

Making an electric circuit

Buzzers and motors

(start electricity this term to complete next term)

 

Sc4 1abc 3abcdefg

Making things work

 

Where We Live

(houses, clothes, weather and environment)

 

 

Sc3Materials and their Properties Also

Sc4 Physical Processes

 

 

 

Sc1

Science Enquiry

 

See MTP document

 

materials and their properties

-grouping

-classifying

-changing

-magnetism

 

 

-forces (wind)

-electricity

 

Sc3 1abcd 2ab 3ab

Sc4 1abc

 

My home

 

materials and their properties

-grouping

-classifying

-changing

-separating

-magnetism

 

-forces (wind and water)

-electricity

 

Sc3 1abcde 2abcdefg

3abcde

Sc4 1abc

 

The local area

materials and their properties

-grouping

-classifying

-changing

-separating

-magnetism

 

-forces (Strength)

-electricity

 

Sc3 1abcde 2abcdefg

3abcde

Sc4 1abc

 

Distant environments

Myself and the Animal Kingdom

 

 

 

Sc2

Life Processes

 

 

 

Sc1

Science Enquiry

 

See MTP document

 

humans-similarities and differences

My family

Human anatomy

Senses

variations and classifications of animals

 

Sc2 1abc 2abcdefgh

4abc 5bcde

 

Senses

 

 

humans and other animals

-similarities and differences

Animals in locality

Human and animal anatomy –differences and similarities between  sexes

variations and classifications

Sc2 1abc 2abcdefgh

4abc 5bcde

Animals in locality

 

humans and other animals

-similarities and differences

Animals around the world

Human and animal anatomy

variations and classifications

Relationships and sex education

Substance abuse

 

Sc2 1abc 2abcdefgh

4abc 5bcde

Animals around the world

 

School Times

School Day

Mon-Fri 9.15am to 3:30pm,

 

Early years / Infants Lunchtime 11.45am -12.30pm

Juniors Lunchtime 12-12:45pm

 

School Office - Telephone: 020 8695 6555

 

Office Email - admin@watergate.lewisham.sch.uk

 

Headteacher

Fiona Veitch

 

Headteacher@watergate.lewisham.sch.uk

Watergate School | Lushington Rd, London SE6 3WG