Science (Curriculum Pages)
Science at St Olave’s

At St Olave’s our aim is to inspire students to develop a lifelong interest in science by introducing them to an exciting and engaging syllabus. Students will follow a wide-ranging syllabus based on the National Curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to be curious, well-motivated learners. Their science lessons will allow them to think for themselves, solve problems and develop an interest in our ever-changing environment.

Science in J1 and J2

In J1 and J2, students will have four periods of science per week. Science lessons will be in classrooms but with as much practical and investigative work as possible.

Science in J3

In J3, students will have four periods of science per week. Most lessons will be in our laboratories with an emphasis on investigative, practical work.

Science in J4 and J5

In J4 and J5, pupils will study chemistry, physics and biology as separate disciplines. 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.

Curriculum

 

Christmas

Easter

Summer

 

J1

Intro to science - handling data

Moving & growing

Life processes and classification

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 laboratory

Life processes

Rocks and the rock cycle

Fossil fuels, renewable energy and greenhouse effect

Forces

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:

Microbes and disease

Keeping healthy

 

Inheritance and selection

 

Biology in the news

 

Chemistry:

Elements, compounds and mixtures

Oxidation

Combustion and corrosion.

 

Patterns of reactivity

Chemistry and the environment

 

Making salts

 

Physics:

Energy types 

Expansion

 

The solar system and beyond

Light

 

Sound

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