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Science

At Warwick Road Primary School we follow the Science Bug scheme, it has been designed around the new curriculum. It is full of exciting lessons with a focus on easily managable hands-on science.  Each year group has six units of study.

As young inquisitive scientists, the children at Warwick Road aim to observe, test and practically explore the evolving world around them by answering questions posed through the six yearly units of study. Designed around the new curriculum, team work is an essential requirement of the manageable hands-on science lessons in the Science Bug scheme. This is demonstrated by the use of the “Simon Says game” in Year 1. This is used to determine which body parts the children know and can name.

In Year 2, whilst working through the topic ‘Uses of materials’, children learn about absorbency and have the opportunity to carry out practical activities where they test the absorbency of different materials. They apply their findings from this investigation to design the perfect nappy. Watch out, the children’s scientific thinking may change the future of our world.

The children are also taken on an imaginary adventure, they are the crew of the ‘Jolly Mary’ pirate ship who are marooned on a dessert island!  In groups they are given the task of writing a message in a bottle detailing their essential needs for survival.  This should lead them to understand the basic needs of animals and humans which include clean water, air and food.

Throughout KS2, many of the science topics commence with interesting scientific “Quest” questions to get children’s brains whizzing:

  • ‘How can we make shadows change?’ Year 3 learn about light and shadows and create a puppet shadow play.
  • ‘How can we make different sounds?’ Year 4. Children will identify and describe different sounds by using musical instruments and household materials to investigate the range of ways of producing sounds and how the pitch and volume of a sound can be altered.
  • ‘What melts ice the fastest?’(Year 4) In this experiment, students predict and investigate which materials will or will not melt ice blocks and confirm their predictions by adding each ingredient to a block of ice and recording the change.
  • ‘How can you make a meal from a mixture?’(Year 5) Children   will design a recipe and identify the types of change used throughout the menu.
  • ‘How can we stay healthy?’ (Year 6) Children learn about the heart and circulatory system. Depending on the availability of sheep hearts, pupils can take part in a heart dissection and they also have the opportunity to make some edible blood.   

Follow the links below to find out what children in each year will be learning in science.