KS2 Overview

Key Stage 2 science is taught in mixed ability classes in years 5 and 6. It is often taught by class teachers in their own classrooms, with occasional access to the science labs when necessary. Key Stage 2 pupils have two hours of science a week as a timetabled lesson.

Homework is set as and when appropriate and could be a poster/ research/ worksheet/ learn scientific vocabulary.

All pupils follow the new science programmes of study which focuses on the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils will also be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes. ‘Working and thinking scientifically’ will be taught throughout the programmes of study. Reading, spelling and pronouncing key scientific vocabulary is an important aspect of the work.

Science lessons are varied and often include the use of ICT and practical tasks. Where possible, teachers relate events in the news to science lessons.  Both literacy and numeracy across the curriculum are supported by the teaching of science in Key Stage 2.

The new curriculum encourages working and thinking scientifically to be taught as part of the topics. Skills include taking measurements using a range of equipment, recording data and results in tables and a variety of graphs, presenting findings from investigations and planning enquiries, including knowing how to make a test fair.

The topics are covering the three aspects of science – Biology (living things and their habitats, animals including humans, evolution and inheritance); Chemistry (properties and changes of materials) ; Physics (Earth and space, forces, light, electricity).

In the Autumn term there is usually an outreach visit from the Thinktank team at Birmingham.

The principal focus of science teaching in upper Key Stage 2 is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas.

 

KS 2 Science overview 2017/18

Year 5

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Earth and Space Forces Properties and changes of materials Living things and their habitats Animals, including humans
             

Year 6

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Living things and their habitats Electricity Animals, including humans Evolution and inheritance Light

Key stage 2 science is taught in mixed ability classes in years 5 and 6. It is often taught by class teachers in their own classrooms, with occasional access to the science labs when necessary. Key stage 2 pupils have 2 hours of science a week as a timetabled lesson.

Homework is set as and when appropriate and could be a poster/ research/ worksheet/ learn scientific vocabulary.

All pupils follow the new science programmes of study which focuses on the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils will also be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes. ‘Working and thinking scientifically’ will be taught throughout the programmes of study. Reading, spelling and pronouncing key scientific vocabulary is an important aspect of the work.

Science lessons are varied and often include the use of ICT and practical tasks. Where possible teachers relate events in the news to science lessons.  Both literacy and numeracy across the curriculum are supported by the teaching of science in key stage 2.

The new curriculum encourages working and thinking scientifically to be taught as part of the topics. Skills include taking measurements using a range of equipment, recording data and results in tables and a variety of graphs, presenting findings from investigations and planning enquiries, including knowing how to make a test fair.

The topics are covering the three aspects of science – Biology (living things and their habitats, animals including humans, evolution and inheritance); Chemistry(properties and changes of materials) ; Physics (Earth and space, forces, light, electricity).

In the Autumn term there is usually an outreach visit from the Thinktank team at Birmingham.

The principal focus of science teaching in upper key stage 2 is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas.