Science (Curriculum Pages)
In Years 4, 5 and 6 pupils follow a wide ranging Combined Science syllabus based loosely on the National Curriculum. They have four periods per week and whenever possible classes are carried out in our laboratories with an emphasis on investigative, practical work.

Pupils are introduced to Chemistry, Physics and Biology as separate disciplines in Year 7. Each subject is allocated a double period per week in purpose built, fully equipped science laboratories. Emphasis is placed upon the development of independent learning skills, a practical approach to learning and a sound grasp of basic scientific concepts.

Pupils are encouraged to be curious, well-motivated learners, to think for themselves, solve problems and develop an interest in our ever changing environment.

The syllabus encapsulates the Common Entrance syllabus but we allow ourselves the flexibility to extend and broaden our programme of study, wherever and whenever it is appropriate.

Curriculum

 

Christmas

Easter

Summer

 

J1

Intro to science - handling data

Moving & growing

Life processes

Forces

Materials and their properties

Mixtures

Separation techniques

Adaptation including to different habitats

British wildlife

 

J2

 

Electrical circuits

Chemical reactions

Earth and solar system

Gases around us

Life processes

Sight and light

Hearing and sound

Life cycles

Plants & nature trail

Habitats and adaptation

 

J3

Lab detectives – introduction to science in a lab

Life processes

Rocks and the rock cycle

Fossil fuels, renewable energy and greenhouse effect

Forces

Keeping healthy

Microbes and disease

Human life cycles

 

 J4

Biology:

The structure of living things.

The microscope

Cells, classification and the organisation of living things

 

Adaptations

Food chains and webs

Keys

 

Photosynthesis

Respiration

 

Chemistry:

The Bunsen burner

Separation techniques

Solutions

States of matter

 

Chemical and physical changes

Acids and alkalis

The pH scale

Neutralisation

 

Elements, compounds and mixtures

Simple chemical reactions

 

Physics:

Measurements

Mass, weight and density

 

Floating and sinking

Speed

Forces, Hooke’s law and moments

 

Pressure

(Electricity)

 

J5

Biology:

Inheritance and selection

Microbes and disease

 

Keeping Healthy

Reproduction 

 

Plants for food

Ecological relationships

 

Chemistry:

Oxidation

Combustion and corrosion.

Chemistry and the environment

 

Patterns of reactivity

 

 

Chemicals from rocks

The rock cycle

 

Physics:

Energy types 

Expansion

Heat transfer

 

The solar system and beyond

Light

 

Sound

(Static electricity)