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Disclaimer - New National Curriculum

The current national curriculum programmes of study for science at key stages 1 and 2 have been disapplied with effect from 1 September 2013 for pupils in years 3 and 4 and are no longer statutory in relation to those year groups. This means that schools are free to develop their own curriculums for science that best meet the needs of their pupils, in preparation for the introduction of the new national curriculum from September 2014

Science remains a compulsory national curriculum subject at all 4 key stages, and the existing programmes of study and attainment targets remain statutory for pupils in years 1, 2, 5 and 6 in 2013 to 2014, because they will underpin the statutory key stage 1 and 2 tests in 2014 and 2015. New statutory programmes of study and attainment targets will be introduced from September 2014 for all year groups except years 2 and 6: for those year groups, the new curriculum will take effect from September 2015.

For more information visit the DfE website:

Please note: The information on this page was originally put together to support the old QCA schemes of work for Science. Teachers may find some of the links to resources still useful but the units of work no longer apply and you should independently verify the accuracy of the information yourself before placing any reliance upon it.

 

 

Resources for the Science QCA Scheme of Work

Click on a unit to see it in detail with the ICT opportunity, download files are all Word 2003 icon Word 2003

 

Year 1

Units

1a
Ourselves

Use their senses to explore the world around them. Learn that humans and other animals move and grow.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Story about using senses (for actions)

  • Songs / poems about using senses

  • Secondary sources showing young and adult animals

  • Secondary sources showing a variety of animals (including humans of different ethnicity) – vertebrates and invertebrates

  • Photos of pupils and their parents

  • Photos of people getting older

  • Video /CDROM of animals moving

  • Tape of familiar sounds

  • Objects and magnifying lenses

  • Collections of things that smell

  • Feely bags

  • Selection of crisps

  • Modelling materials eg play dough / plasticine

  • Photos/ collections of animate and inanimate objects

Download all for Y1 Units a-f

link to ICT

Collect data to construct a simple IT database or graph about themselves (foot size, hair colour etc).

A program such as Pick a Picture, Starting Graph or Counter

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about ourselves.

Use the Intel Microscope to identify how an unfamiliar minibeast will move. Create a video and use it to discuss movement of the minibeasts.

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).

Clicker 4 Grids. You need to register with Learning Grids to access them:

ICT Coverage:

My World Screens:
Body
Face

1b
Growing plants

Learn that plants are living things. Being aware of the similarities and differences between plants.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Planted seedlings

  • Small plants in pots or tubs which will flower

  • Pot plants to be repotted

  • Soil and containers for growing plants

  • Collection of pictures of a variety of plants

  • Large labelled plan/drawing of school grounds

  • Clipboards for field work

  • Sticky labels

  • Simple plant identification sources

  • Artificial plants

Download all for Y1 Units a-f

link to ICT

To be able to identify the parts of a plant.

My World 3: Plant activity

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about growing plants.

Use the Intel Microsocope to observe and photograph seeds shooting (ie bean, cress) over a period of time.

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).

1C
Sorting and using materials

Learn about the characteristics by describing and comparing materials.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Collection  of common materials
  • Collection of wooden objects – preferably attractive or ornamental (cultural input?)
  • Selection of papers and fabrics including some that are waterproof
  • Jugs and containers
  • Collection of objects/materials to illustrate particular properties
  • Assorted magnets
  • Reference books on materials

Download all for Y1 Units a-f

link to ICT

Exploring the properties of materials: what they are used for, what they are made of and how they work. Use a word processor with a word bank to present information.

ICT Coverage:

ICT Coverage:

(Clicker 4 Grids downloadable from the Clicker website)

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about sorting and using materials.

Use the Intel Microscoope to observe the texture of materials ie wood and paper.

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).

1d
Light and dark

Understand the need of light to see things and identify light sources.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Torches with light beams

  • shiny objects

  • reflective strips, tinsel

  • story about light and dark eg The Owl Who Was Afraid of the dark

  • resources to create a dark area in the classroom

  • collection of light sources including torches

  • black boxes/ shoe boxes lined with black paper

Download all for Y1 Units a-f

link to ICT

 

Write simple sentences about Night and Day using a word processor with a word bank.

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about light and dark.

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).

1e
Pushes and pulls

Describe movements relating it to pushes and pulls.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Collection of toys which move in different ways

  • Secondary resources on road safety

  • Toy windmills, sand wheels, equipment for blowing bubbles

Download all for Y1 Units a-f

link to ICT

Use a CD-ROM to introduce and reinforce simple concepts about forces.

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about pushes and pulls.

1f
Sound and hearing

Relate sounds to their sense of hearing and that sounds travel away from a source.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

    • Tape of familiar sounds including children speaking
    • Selection of musical instruments (cultural input)
    • Blindfold, earmuffs / sponges
    • Apparatus for measuring length, non standard or standard
    • Buzzers or other continuous sound sources
    • Secondary sources eg CDROM animal noises, musical instruments,
    • Simple reference books – musical instruments
    • (if available) simple sound sensor

Download all for Y1 Units a-f

link to ICT

Contribute to creating a block graph presenting the results of a sound investigationie ie the distance away a sound can be heard.

A program such as Starting Graph or Counter

ICT coverage:

Find out what makes a sound and compare high and low sounds on different musical instruments.

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about characteristics of materials.

Use ICT to listen to and identify a variety of sounds and match a sound to a picture.

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).

 

Year 2

Units

2a
Health & Growth

Learn that animals grow and reproduce. How to stay healthy.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

    • Collection of pictures of animals and humans at different stages in their life, some where young look different at different stages
    • Variety of basic food types
    • Collection of packaging for medicines
    • Secondary sources showing the needs of young children
    • Visitors:  parent and baby
    • Parent and toddler
    • School nurse

Download all for Y2 Units a-f

link to ICT

Use IT to construct a pictogram for example, the different types of exercise the children in the class do.

A program such as Pick a Picture, Starting Graph or Counter

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Learn about nutrition online

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Children could make choices and write simple sentences about the meals they eat each day.

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about health and growth.

Children plan and produce a picture of a meal for a special occasion using a paint package or drawing program.

ICT Coverage:

2b
Plants and animals in the local environment

Learn that the differences between the immediate environments resulting in a range of plants and animals. Learn that plants, humans and other animals can reproduce.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

    • Variety of habitats
    • Secondary sources showing adults and young in a range of animals
    • Pictures of plants in flower and with fruit and seeds
    • Simple reference books
    • Soil, compost, sand, absorbent paper, plant pots
    • Collection of seeds of different shapes and colours
    • Transparent container for growing seed in
    • Seed pods and fruitsPrepared recording tables

Download all for Y2 Units a-f

link to ICT

Explore/model lifecycles of plants and animals

MyWorld 3: Life Cycles activity

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Produce an information sheet using IT about habitats and the animals and plants that are found there.

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Create a Branching Database of Minibeasts

Branching Database such as Decision 3, Flexitree, Textease Branch

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about plants and animals in the local environment.

Use the Intel Microscope to examine frog spawn, insects and seeds.

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).

2c
Variation

Become more aware of the huge variety of living things. Be able to sort them into groups.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

    • Pictures which help children understand that humans are of different genders, ages, ethnic origin but are the same inside
    • Pictures and specimens of a range of animal and plants
    • Video showing a variety of animals ( particularly those not found locally)
    • Apparatus for showing length – standard and non standard

Download all for Y2 Units a-f

link to ICT

 

Use a bank of pictures to group animals according to similarities and differences

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Children could take measurements such as hand span and present results in a block graph. Use this to raise questions and make predictions.

Use RM Starting Graph, Handy Graph, 2 Graph, and Granada Database

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The children can sort the things into animal and non-animal categories, recording their work in Clicker Writer.

ICT Coverage:

Children look at, discuss and sort a small number of living and non-living things.

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Children using pictures could write a sentence about each, stating whether it is alive or has never been alive.

ICT Coverage:

Children use an ICT application to create and label parts of a plant.

MyWorld 3: Plant activity

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about variation.

2d
Grouping and changing materials

Learn ways materials can be changed and that heating can cause changes.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Secondary sources

  • Collection of natural and man-made materials

  • Objects from naturally occurring materials

  • Shapes for making ice shapes

  • Mouldable materials eg plasticine, clay

  • Access to freezer, oven, kilnMaterials which harden on cooling eg butter and chocolate

Download all for Y2 Units a-f

link to ICT

Research natural and man-made materials using CD-ROM

ICT Coverage:

Children can sort, record, and use simple sentences about materials.

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about grouping and changing materials.

Use the Intel Microscope to observe materials such as paper and wood for texture.

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).

2e
Forces and movement

Learn how pushes and pulls affect the movement and shape of objects.

 

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Materials such as plasticine and dough

  • Collection of toy cars and other toys that can move

  • Apparatus for measuring length

  • Bean bags &/or soft balls

  • Bricks and pieces of wood/thick card that can make ramps

  • Collections of pictures/video showing moving objectsLarge moving apparatus

Download all for Y2 Units a-f

link to ICT

Review learning from Unit 1E - Children look at pictures and identify pushes and pulls.

ICT Coverage:

Using pictures children could use a word bank to answer questions about the movement of the cars.

Children could investigate how the height of a ramp affects the distance travelled by a toy car.

ICT Coverage:

Children could look at and discuss the forces of push and pull. They can then go on to sort the objects according to whether they would push or pull them.

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about forces and movement.

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).

2f
Using electricity

Electricity plays an essential role in everyday life. Exploring and testing circuits.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Collection of batteries

  • Batteries, bulbs, bulb holders, buzzers, crocodile clips and insulated wires

  • Range of electrical devices ( or pictures) using mains electricity

  • Torches, electrical devices which use batteries

  • Drawing of simple circuits which do not work

  • Incomplete circuitsVideo on electrical safety

Download all for Y2 Units a-f

link to ICT

Children distinguish between things that use electricity and things that don't.

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about using electricity.

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).

 

Year 3

Units

3a
Teeth and eating

Learn about how teeth are related to diet and the importance of dental care.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Secondary sources providing pictures and information about the different food types ( including food from different cultures)

  • Information about the diets of animals

  • Models of teeth, real teeth

  • Small mirrors for examining teeth

  • Video about teeth & tooth decay

  • Arrange school nurse / dentist visit

  • Collection of foods / food packaging

Download all for Y3 Units a-f

link to ICT

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use CD-ROMS and websites to research diet.

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Put the Food into the Correct Place

Select from the menu to have a healthy and balanced meal.

Use a website to investigate what pets eat.

Carry out a cat food survey

ICT Coverage:

Use photographs showing examples of human and animal teeth

Make a poster or flier about the importance of looking after your teeth

ICT Coverage:

Classify foods which will not harm their teeth

Attack the bad foods with the toothpaste!

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about teeth and eating.

Use the Intel Microscope to take photos of a tooth, that has been put in coca-cola, over several hours.

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).

3b
Helping plants grow well

Learn about what plants need to grow well and why it is important that they do.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Video / secondary sources showing plants grown for food

  • Suitable apparatus for measuring height of plants

  • Pot-bound pot plant

  • Two similar plants eg geraniums

  • Complete head of celery

  • germinated beans

  • hand lenses

  • water coloured red with ink or dye

  • plant pots with holes in the bottom

  • Black polythene covering grass patch or plant grown in dark

  • cress seeds which have germinated in shallow containers

  • pictures of greenhouses & cold frames

Download all for Y3 Units a-f

link to ICT

Use a website to research plants and then use a DTP to create an information leaflet about plants.

Design a poster, e.g. illustrating that some plants are grown for food: using pictures from photobanks of plants and food.

Use a digital camera to record plant growth. Insert pictures into the grid provided.

Try to grow a healthy plant using a simulation.

 

 

 

 

 

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about helping plants grow well.

Resources to support teaching and learning (Lesson plans, printables and pictures).

Join in with activites at the RHS.

3c
Characteristics of materials

Materials we use and of the properties that characterise them.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Collections  of objects made from different materials eg wood, glass, metal

  • Video / pictures of everyday objects made of specific materials

  • Collection of floor coverings

  • sandpaper

  • plasticine

  • Weights

  • Measuring jugs and other apparatus for measuring volume

  • Variety of paper towels

  • Variety of tights

  • Apparatus for measuring length

Download all for Y3 Units a-f

link to ICT

 

 

Use a website to investigate properties of materials

ICT Coverage:

Pupils add to a database about the characteristics of materials. Then use database to investigate suitability of different materials for different purposes.

Information Workshop Materials Database

Information Magic Materials Database

ICT Coverage:

Children make measurement about the stretchiness of tights and use a spreadsheet to record results

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about characteristics of materials.

End of unit assessment using true and false statements about properties of materials

Use the Intel Microscope to look at characteristics of materials. Use to describe the texture of materials; absorbency of paper; stretchiness of tights......

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

3d
Rocks and soils

Recognise that underneath all surfaces is rock which they may not be able to see, that rocks get broken down into pebbles and soils which we can often see, and that there are different sorts of rock with different characteristics.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Secondary sources to illustrate different uses of rocks

  • Rocks, including one permeable eg chalk, sandstone and one non-permeable eg granite, marble

  • Sandpaper / file

  • Pipettes / syringes

  • Hand lenses

  • Sieves, timers and measuring jugs or cylinders

  • Containers for soil tests ( small perforations)

  • Pictures / video showing landscapes with and without visible rocks and different soils

  • Pictures of flooded areas / puddles

  • Samples of different soils

Download all for Y3 Units a-f

link to ICT

Research rock and soil identification using a website.

ICT Coverage:

Picture Banks of Rocks

Use a prepared database to investigate characterisitcs of rocks.

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about rocks and soils.

Use the Intel Microscope to observe and investigate soils sample and record observations.

Use a CD-ROM to investigate sand and clay.

ICT Coverage:

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

3e
Magnets and springs

There are forces between magnets and that magnets can attract and repel each other. Magnets have a variety of uses

Gain experience in compressing and stretching of springs and stretching of elastic bands.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Variety of magnets (types and size)

  • Paper clips

  • Rulers or tape measures

  • Variety of materials for testing magnetic attraction (including iron and steel)

  • Springs and elastic bands

  • ‘catapult’ / push meter

  • Secondary sources to research everyday uses of magnets

Download all for Y3 Units a-f

link to ICT

Research magnets and their everyday uses with CD-ROM

ICT Coverage:

Children make predictions and investigate the force exerted by an elastic band. Recording information on a simple spreadsheet and creating graphs of their results.

  • Lesson plan for investigating the force exerted by an elastic band.

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about magnets and springs.

3f
Light and shadows

Introduction to the relationship between light, an object and the formation of shadows. Children observe the apparent movement of the Sun and the associated changes in shadows.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Torches with powerful beams
  • Combs with widely spaced teeth, cardboard tubes
  • Objects of a variety of shapes
  • Shadow sticks
  • Meter sticks or tape measures
  • Compass
  • Collection of opaque transparent and translucent objects and materials (eg plastic bottles, fine gauze, thin nylon, wood, acetate, foils, greaseproof paper)
  • White cardboard screen
  • Overhead projector
  • Secondary sources to investigate sundials

Download all for Y3 Units a-f

link to ICT

Use a website to research sundials. Make a poster illustrating how sundials work and some of their limitations.

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Simulation where children have to work out the time of day by the shadow cast by a tree.

ICT Coverage:

Use a CD-ROM to explore information about the Sun and Shadows.

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about light and shadows.

Use a CD-ROM to explore information about the Sun and Shadows.

ICT Coverage:

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

 

Year 4

Units

4a
Moving and growing

Humans have bony skeletons inside their bodies and to raise questions about different bony skeletons.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Model skeleton(s),

  • real bones from different animals – NB, sterilised only

  • Secondary sources for skeletons

  • Possible museum visit

  • Secondary sources for muscle movement

  • Muscle models

  • X-rays of bones

  • Tape measures

Download all for Y4 Units a-f

link to ICT

Free skeleton software - displays the bones which make up a skeleton. Contains  puzzles that will help you learn about the bones and skeletal systems of different animals.


Use CD-ROM to research skeletons and muscles

Bodywise by

Human Body Maps New BodyMaps is a free interactive visual search tool that allows users to explore the human body in 3-D. With easy-to-use navigation, users can search multiple layers of the human anatomy, view systems and organs down to their smallest parts, and understand in detail how the human body works.

Children use a ready made database to record body measurements

ICT Coverage:

Use ICT to construct the skeleton of a beast.

View bones of a human, gorilla and baboon.

Looking at picture banks of a variety of animal skeletons.

 

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about moving and growing.

Research using the Internet characteristics of bones and skeletons.

ICT Coverage:

 

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

4b
Habitats

Children will begin to understand the concept of a habitat, how it provides organisms found there with conditions for life and how animals depend on plants or other animals which eat plants for food.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Hand lenses, collecting nets, containers for small animals

  • Poster, video, reference, CD ROMs etc of a variety of different habitats in or close to the school

  • Plastic containers for investigating preferences of small animals eg woodlice

  • Pictures of animals (or real egs), including similar animals eg bees & wasps to group into similar organisms

  • Keys of familiar organisms

  • Secondary sources for researching food needs of animal from local habitat

  • Secondary sources for food chain research

Download all for Y4 Units a-f

link to ICT

Use a readymade database to answer simple questions and to make bar graphs.

Read made Minibeast database

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Children could collect information about minibeasts found and enter it into their own database.

Blank databases for Minibeasts

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Children build a branching database to identify all the animals found in the local pond.


Use a ready made branching database about minibeasts

 

 

Collect and identify different types of woodlice.

 

Devise their own branching database

Minibeast Branching Database (Flexitree)

Decisions 3, Granada Branch, Flexitree, Softease Branch

 

Walking with Woodlice branching tree from the Natural History Museum

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about habitats.

Take a virtual tour of small animal habitats

ICT Coverage:

Explore different habitats online

Use a website to explore and discover the wonderful world of natural habitats (photos, movies and sounds).

Use the Intel Microscope for time lapse photography of e.g.woodlice in a choice chamber.

ICT Coverage:

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

4c
Keeping warm

Recognize that temperature is a measure. Identify thermal insulators.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Thermometers

  • Containers for water eg beakers, metal cans

  • IT temperature sensor (if available)

  • Access to a source of ice

  • Variety of materials for insulation

  • Wooden, plastic and metal spoons

  • Metal saucepan with wooden or plastic handle

  • Materials / objects for a display of keeping things warm

Download all for Y4 Units a-f

link to ICT

Children investigate the insulation properties of containers

Number Magic Detector or Robolab

ICT coverage:

Children take temperatures, enter into a spreadsheet and produce a graph.

RM Number Magic, Excel or Number Box

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about keeping warm.

Explore the NASA website to see how Astronauts stay warm and cool while on the Space Station.

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

4d
Solids, liquids and how they can be separated

Learn about the differences between solids and liquids and recognise that the same material can exist as both solid and liquid.

 

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Range of measuring jugs, cups, cylinders

  • Different shaped clear containers

  • Collection of solids, liquids (different viscosity), powders in transparent containers

  • Wax, chocolate, butter

  • Secondary sources to research molten materials(lava, metals)

  • Magnets

  • Water wheel or sand wheel

  • Sieves, funnels, filters- muslin, paper towels, gauze bandage, blotting paper, fabrics coffee/tea bags

  • Marbles

  • Solids which behave differently in water – salt, coffee, sugar, flour, plaster of paris, sand, glass, beads, ball bearings, chalk

  • Set of cards illustrating everyday processes requiring filtering, dissolving etc  to be matched to the

  • scientific processes

Download all for Y4 Units a-f

link to ICT

Use a website to learn about solids, liquids and gases.

Children use a CD-ROM to explore solids, liquids and gases.

ICT Coverage:

Use a concept map to explore ideas about melting and dissolving.

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about solids and liquids.

Use the Intel Microscope to observe solids (fine powders) that appear to behave as liquid.

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

4e
Friction

Learn that forces can be measured and compared. Focuses on friction.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Assorted magnets & springs

  • Pictures showing springs and magnets to illustrate forces

  • Force metres with a range of 0 – 10 N

  • Samples of different surfaces – eg wood, carpet, vinyl

  • Tall transparent cylinders or other water containers

  • 0.1 second timers

  • large sheet card or corriflute

  • Plasticine

  • Materials for parachutes

  • String

Download all for Y4 Units a-f

link to ICT

Children can investigate the friction of different surfaces and record on an interacative spreadsheet.

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about friction.

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

4f
Circuits and conductors

Circuit needs a power source. A complete circuit is needed for a device to work.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Drawings of complete and broken circuits

  • Batteries of different voltages

  • bulbs, bulb holders, buzzers, crocodile clips and insulated wires

  • Secondary materials to show the hazards of mains electricity

  • A selection of good conducting and insulating materials

  • Collection of plugs, wires, cables used in the home

  • Secondary resources for researching insulating & conducting materials

  • Electrical devices with switches

  • Materials for making simple switches

Download all for Y4 Units a-f

link to ICT



Children use an online interactive activity to create circuits.

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about circuits and conductors.

 

Year 5

Units

5a
Keeping healthy

Learn that there are many aspects to keeping healthy. Children learn about the heart and how heart beat is affected by exercise.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • A range of secondary sources about food and health

  • Articles on one historical discovery about effect of diet on health

  • Models or secondary sources to show location of heart & lungs and how they pump blood round the body,

  • Model heart to explain its form and function

  • Balloon pump / early years water play pump

  • Timing devices

  • Digital pulse metre (if available)

  • Sources of information about drugs

  • Spreadsheet, graphing and DTP software

Download all for Y5 Units a-f

link to ICT

Use a database to record the nutritional value of different foods

ICT Coverage:

Research balance diets using a website

Assessment activity on balanced diets

ICT Coverage:

Manually collect pulse rates (15seconds x 4 for accuracy) create a graph showing different situations. A graphing program or spreadsheet could be used to construct a bar chart.

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about keeping healthy.

Use RM Living Library to reasearch Scurvy using an interactive worksheet

Click here for help with Living Library...Living Library (in herts schools only)

Children keep a record of everything they eat and drink for a week and use the spreadsheet to investigate how changes to their eating habits could affect the balance of their diet.

Downloadable Number Magic

ICT Coverage:

Listen to heartbeats. Each one is different. Figure out which heart is beating at which speed.

Use a website to explore facts about the heart

Watch a digital video and complete a quiz about the heart

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

5b
Life cycles

Learn that plants and animals reproduce as part of their life cycle and that in every life cycle there are distinct processes and stages.

 

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Collection of pictures of plants, or real plants, with fruit

  • Collection of fruits with seeds

  • Secondary sources for seed dispersal research

  • Hand lenses/microscopes

  • Pictures illustrating the plants from which the seeds come

  • Rapidly germinating seeds

  • Thermometers

  • Containers in which to germinate seeds

  • Soil etc to germinate seed in

  • Secondary sources of seeds germinating in desert climates

  • Examples and pictures of flowers

  • Secondary sources showing newly born animals and giving information about gestation periods

  • Information about species in danger of extinction- panda, tiger, cheetah

Download all for Y5 Units a-f

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Look at pictures of flowering plants and investigate fruits and seeds.

Use the Intel Microscope to create time lapse photography of germination, to examine pollen grains and seeds.

Use a Database to record information about plants.

Children use a website to help learn about plant life cycles.

View a video clip from a website or CD ROM

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about life cycles.

Assessment Activity on Plants

Children research gestation period of different animals and insert into a ready made database. They analyse the data and ask questions.

Information Workshop Gestation Period Database

ICT coverage:

Research information about grass and tree pollens and the relationship to Hayfever.

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

5c
Gases around us

Learn that gases are material and can be distinguished from solids and liquids by their properties. They also learn about the uses of some important gases and where gases are found.

 

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Digital balance or coat hanger

  • Balloons

  • Sponge

  • Marbles/ball bearings

  • Soils - dry

  • Measuring jugs/cylinders

  • Helium balloon, can of fizzy drink, picture of gas cooker

  • Secondary sources to research types of gas used in everyday contexts

  • Strong perfume/air freshener

  • Range of resources to demonstrate different properties of solids, liquids & gases – filled syringes, filled balloons

Download all for Y5 Units a-f

link to ICT


Animation about solids, liquids and gases.

Use an interactive game to sort solids, liquids and gases

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about gases around us.

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

5d
Changing state

Consolidate ideas about changes of state which can be reversed and use their understanding to explain a range of familiar phenomena.

 

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Kettle/saucepan
  • Fast drying/ evaporating liquids – nail varnish, correction fluid
  • Apparatus to measure volume
  • Thermometers
  • Containers of a similar size eg. yoghurt pots, margarine tubs
  • Pictures of drying appliances
  • Can of soft drink from the freezer
  • Ice cubes, cling film
  • Graph of water being heated
  • IT temperature sensors/ thermometer
  • Video and other secondary sources showing the water cycle
  • Pictures of a variety of changing state situations or list
  • Information re origin of house water supply

Download all for Y5 Units a-f

link to ICT

Use the activity sheet to record evaporation times. Graph included.

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about changing state.

Create a diagram of the water cycle using ready-made elements. Label the different stages of the water cycle.

Downloadable MyWorld activity

Exploring the various parts of the water cycle using websites.

Use temperature sensors, ie Robolab, LogIT, RM Detector, to monitor temperature changes and create graphs. For example measure the temperature of melting ice.

Temperature sensors.

Downloadable Number Magic/ Detector activity

ICT Coverage:

Use an electronic microscope for time lapse photography i.e. ice cube melting.

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

5e
Earth, sun and moon

Learn about the shapes and relative sizes of the Earth, Sun and Moon.

 

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Video or other secondary sources of Earth, Sun Moon from space
  • Secondary sources giving information about early ideas about the shape of the earth
  • Selection of spheres of varying size – see activity for exemplars
  • Compass
  • Shadow stick
  • Globe + strong light source
  • Polystyrene balls + torches with powerful beam
  • Secondary data about what a year is, the times of sunrise and sunset and appearance of the moon over 28 days

Download all for Y5 Units a-f

link to ICT

Explore pictures and videos of the August 1999 eclipse and details about future eclipses.

Exploring the universe using the NASA kids website

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about earth, sun and moon.

Use a prepared database of sunset and sunrise times to identify patterns in the data and present data as graphs.

Many children like to find out about the planets, extending work on this unit and providing many opportunities for cross-curricular links. A database of the planets could be created.

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

 

End of unit assessment interactive worksheets

5f
Changing sounds

Learn that sounds are produced by vibrations and that these vibrations travel from the source through a variety of materials.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Selection of musical instruments – making sounds in a variety of ways
  • Tapes of sounds getting louder & fainter 
  • Drum skin and rice
  • Elastic bands
  • Tuning forks
  • Clamp to attach ruler to desk
  • cymbal
  • Buzzers/ticking clocks
  • Variety of materials for muffling sound
  • Sound sensor if available
  • Video/tape of an orchestra/school band
  • Tuned drums / chime bars
  • Stringed instruments + elastic bands or nylon thread
  • Wide-necked bottles
  • Recorders or wind instruments
  • Secondary sources providing information about the aspects of sound

Download all for Y5 Units a-f

link to ICT

 

An animation of how we hear.

ICT Coverage:

Explore BBC revise wise animation on what sound is.

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about changing sounds.

 

Year 6

Units

6a
Interdependence and adaptation

Extend knowledge of the way in which plants and animals in different habitats depend upon each other and are suited to their environment.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Plant kept in dark for 1-2 weeks (optional)
  • Secondary sources showing growing in time-lapse ( eg David Attenborough’s ‘Life of Plants’
  • Labels from house and garden plants (optional )
  • Packaging from fertilisers
  • Information about animals in their local habitats
  • Soil samples ( 1 good for plants – the other not so good)
  • Hand lenses/microscopes – including digital microscope
  • Examples of plants with different types of roots/pictures of different plant roots eg carrot, dandelion, fallen tree, marran grass, seaweed
  • Secondary sources showing different habitats
  • Keys for animals and plants in chosen habitats
  • ICT branching database

Download all for Y6 Units a-6

link to ICT

 

Research for information on the Internet and create a presentation.

Activities to explore interdependence and adaptation of pond animals.

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about interdependence and adaptation.

Use the Intel Microscope to compare a range of different soils.

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

6b
Micro-organisms

Learn that there are many very small organisms called micro-organisms which feed, grow and reproduce and which may be harmful or beneficial.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Secondary sources providing information about micro-organisms
  • Information on lives of famous scientists such as Jenner & Pasteur
  • Live yeast, dough
  • Sealed bag of grass cuttings
  • Pictures, packaging of foods the production of which involves micro-organisms
  • Mouldy food in sealed bags eg bread, apple, cheese
  • Visit from health visitor ( optional)

Download all for Y6 Units a-6

link to ICT

Research Pasteur/ Jenner using Living Library and search engines. Visit Jenner museum website. Create a presentation of the information.

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about micro-organisms.

 

Discover the many worlds of hidden microbes using the microbe zoo website

Use the Intel Microscope to look at moulds and yeast budding. Create a presentation to show findings of an investigation.

ICT Coverage:

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

6c
More about dissolving

Consolidates and extend children's understanding of what happens when a variety of solids dissolve.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Filter and sieves for ‘dirty’ water containing undissolved  and dissolved solids
  • Containers in which evaporation can take place
  • Distilled water, ‘sea’ water, water, coloured water
  • Apparatus for boiling salty water
  • Cold surfaces for condensing
  • Thermometers
  • Apparatus for measuring volumes
  • Timers
  • Scoops for measuring amount of solid
  • Samples of sugar, salt etc with different grain sizes
  • Samples of artificial sweeteners

Download all for Y6 Units a-6

link to ICT

Investigate the times taken for different solids to dissolve in cold and hot water, enter findings in a spreadsheet and present graphically. Make repeated measurements.

Downloadable Number Magic template and lesson plan

Use temperature sensors

ICT Coverage:

Use the Intel Microscope to look at crystallisation in a saturated salt solution.

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

Lesson ideas using ICT about dissolving

6d
Reversible and irreversible changes

Bring together and consolidate work that children have done before on reversible changes.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Dissolvable/ undissolvable materials eg sand, flour, baking powder, powder paint, salt, plaster of Paris, Andrews salts
  • Solids which react with water eg, vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, lemon juice, washing soda, cement
  • Items that change when they are heated eg ice, cake mix, raw egg, dough, clay, chocolate
  • Materials which burn eg paper, wax, twigs, small pieces of fabric
  • Fire hazard warning labels from furniture

Download all for Y6 Units a-6

link to ICT

Materials and their properties revision quiz PowerPoint.

Use PowerPoint to teach how to write a conclusion. Linked to investigation into time taken for an ice cube to melt in water of different temperatures.

ICT Coverage:

Use the Intel Microscope to look at simple chemical reactions ie vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about reversible and irreversible changes.

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

6e
Forces in action

Apply their knowledge of a variety of forces, including magnetic attraction, gravitational attraction and friction.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Forcemeters  - variety of  range
  • Objects which can be suspended from forcemeter, immersed in water, pulled
  • Elastic bands, magnets
  • Weak and strong springs
  • Weights
  • Paper parachute
  • Metre sticks/tape measures
  • Plasticine, cotton wool, iron object, netball, apple
  • Secondary sources about gravity on the Earth and the Moon
  • 0.1s timers
  • globe
  • Graphing, simulation and spreadsheet software

Download all for Y6 Units a-6

link to ICT

Record results of spinner investigation (How does the number of paper clips affect the time the spinner takes to fall?) on a spreadsheet and use to present data on a line graph and interpret findings.

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about forces in action.

Children can weigh objects in air and in water and use a spreadsheet to calculate and graph averages.

 

Any spreadsheet program ie Number Magic, Excel, Textease spreadsheet.

 

 

6f
How we see things

Learn that mirrors and shiny surfaces alter the direction in which light travels and that when they see objects, light enters the eye.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Torches, some with powerful beams and variable size
  • Small mirrors
  • Selection of shiny/polished and unpolished/dull materials or surfaces eg mirrors, polished metals, Perspex, gloss & matt painted surfaces, polished wood
  • Opaque objects for shadow formation
  • Metre stick/tape measures

Download all for Y6 Units a-6

link to ICT

Use light sensors, ie Robolab, LogIT, RM Detector, to measure and record reflected light from a variety of materials. Present results in a table and a graph. Interpret findings and draw conclusions.

Light sensors

Downloadable Number Magic/ Detector activity and lesson plan

ICT Coverage:

BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about how we see things.

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

6g
Changing circuits

Consolidate children's knowledge of materials which are electrical conductors.

 

Keywords

 

Key Learning Opportunities

 

Resources Needed

  • Batteries of different voltages, wires, bulbs and their holders, electric motors – a wide range of components
  • Made up circuits
  • Fuse wires of different thickness and different materials
  • Circuit diagrams of ‘real’ systems eg. household appliances

Download all for Y6 Units a-6

link to ICT

Explore circuits using interactive website

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BBC Science Clips: Interactive activity, quiz and teachers' materials about changing circuits.

Resources to support teaching and learning (lesson plans, printables and pictures).

5/6h
Enquiry in environmental and technological contexts

Extending children's investigative work.

 

Resources Needed

  • ICT data-handling package
  • Apparatus for measuring length
  • Wires, buzzers, lamps for circuit construction
  • Aluminium foil
  • Sponge, carpet or other soft insulating materials

Download all for Y6 Units a-6

link to ICT

Investigate dandelion habitats - children collect data about dandelions, enter it into a database and then anaylse it, creating graphs to help them explore their questions.

Downloadable database template

ICT Coverage:

 

General Resources

Units

General

link to ICT

 

 

National STEM Centre: Primary Science New

Loads of great resources linked to the new National Curriculum for primary science. You will need to register before you can see the resources.

Human Body Maps New

BodyMaps is a free interactive visual search tool that allows users to explore the human body in 3-D. With easy-to-use navigation, users can search multiple layers of the human anatomy, view systems and organs down to their smallest parts, and understand in detail how the human body works.

The Great Plant Hunt

Are you using your free primary science resources?

Enjoy fun and free educational activities in the classroom, online and outdoors. There are plenty of things to see and do now or you can plan the project into your spring and summer term activities.

The project is clearly linked to the national curriculum and can be used as a resource to link your teaching to the theme of ‘Earth’ for National Science and Engineering Week (12-21 March 2010) and the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010.

Knebworth House - Outdoor Science Activity Days

‘From Seeds to Cedars: How Plants Grow’:  Let your pupils step out of the concrete jungle and connect with the natural world in this beautiful outdoor space.  Through this activity day, children will develop their understanding of the science curriculum through direct experience.

Children will see the topic of ‘Green Plants’ come to life as they explore the Formal Gardens and walled Kitchen Garden with our expert guides. There’s a chance to dig in too!  Topics covered include: what plants need for growth; the life cycle of a plant; the different forms that plants take and what we use plants for. Throughout, children will use their senses to investigate all sorts of plants from small fruits to the largest trees!


Group Bookings co-ordinator: groupbookings@knebworthhouse.com or phone 01438 810931.

Science Challenges

Practical activities for able pupils in KS2 Sample activities from the publication.

These materials have been developed in response to two identified needs. Firstly teachers are reporting that there are few resources to support pupils who have reached standards exceeding national expectations. Secondly, Ofsted reports have frequently identified that the most able pupils are insufficiently challenged and that their rate of progress is unsatisfactory. This pack of activities will help teachers of higher-attaining pupils to provide suitable work for them within Key Stage 2.

The activities are aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils, mainly in Years 5 and 6, who already have a secure understanding of the basic knowledge set out within the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.

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Science for High Flier

A new publication to challenge able pupils

  • Extends and enriches the Science QCA units for Key Stages 1 & 2
  • Provides key questions and high expectation outcomes
  • Develops thinking skills
  • Will also provide challenge for more able pupils in mixed age classes

Find out more...

Teaching Scientific Enquiry

This is an online version of the TSE CD supplied to schools. in schools only

Inset for Teachers

PowerPoint presentations that can be used or adapted for Inset on ICT in Science

General web sites

link to ICT

These general web sites can be used for further science resources.

 

Help for Resources

The resources on this page may be in any of the following formats as indicated beside the links.
Some of the electronic resources can be used as a paper and pencil/cut and stick activity.

Click for Help to download PDF files... Adobe acrobat (*.pdf)
Click for Help to view Interactive Whiteboard files... Easyteach (*.et)
Excel 2003 (*.xls)

executable icon Executable (*.exe)
External web links (www)
information workshop Information workshop (iws)

PowerPoint 2003 (*.ppt)
Click for Help to view Interactive Whiteboard files... Promethean (*.flp)
Click for Help to view Interactive Whiteboard files... Smart Notebook (*.notebook)

Word 2003 (*.doc)
Resource from E2BN

 

eLearning resources in schools only... Some are also available from home for Hertfordshire teachers.