Science at Gordonbrock

We are all Scientists at Gordonbrock Primary School!

Through the teaching of science we encourage a life-long interest in and an understanding.

“The important thing is to never stop questioning” Albert Einstein

Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1, there are four main areas of learning in science comprising scientific enquiry, life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes.

To help children think scientifically we build on their natural curiosity. They are encouraged to explore and investigate by developing their skills of observing, questioning, hypothesising, carrying out fair tests and recording and interpreting findings.

Animals including Humans
Come and be immersed in the animal kingdom! In this exciting topic we have the chance to share our knowledge about animals native to our country as well as those from further afield. We delight in learning in vocabulary such as carnivore, omnivore and herbivore and use these to sort and group animals.

Everyday Materials
Are we living in a material world? In this tactile topic we learn to identify a range of everyday materials and start to learn about their properties. We link this to our DT unit – Playgrounds – and make this topic real by observing which materials are used to build the playground in our local park.

Seasonal Changes
Come wind, rain, sun or snow we love learning at Gordonbrock! This topic gives us the chance to use exciting equipment to help us compare the four seasons and how days change depending on the time of year, including the weather and how the length of the day varies.

Plants
Linking to our geography topic of food, we love learning all about plants. We focus on naming different types of plants and identifying the structure of plants. This helps us to identify which parts we tend to eat and which parts we don’t! It is great to culminate this topic by being able to eat something we have grown from seed.

Uses of Everyday Materials
How useful is a chocolate tea pot? Through interesting questions such as this, and exciting hands on experiments, we explore why materials are chosen for specific purposes. The focus is on developing an understanding of the properties of materials and how these link to suitability for different uses.

Animals including Humans
Whose baby? What is a baby rabbit called? What is a puffling? These questions begin this intriguing topic about how animals have offspring which grow into adults. The topic develops to investigate the basic needs of all living things in order to survive and grow as well as specific factors such as diet and exercise for humans.

Living Things & Their Habitats
No place like home? Using our local environment as a starting point we explore where different creatures live and what it is like in those places. We have a great time exploring our school grounds to see what we can find as well as using data loggers to record what these habitats are like. To broaden our knowledge we also visit the Horniman Museum to explore a rich range of creatures that live in other habitats through the careful handling of taxidermy animals.

Plants
Feeling jealous of Jack’s magic beans? This term we learn how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plans and what plants need in order to grow and stay healthy. We enjoy keeping a diary to watch how our plants grow and develop over the term as well as taking an active role to nurture them.


Key Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2, we use the Empiribox curriculum – an engaging and exciting curriculum that focuses on delivering fun and practical hands-on investigations that inspire our children to be inquisitive and questioning scientists. There are 12 complete units of work (4 chemistry, 4 physics and 4 biology) and each unit lasts for an entire term. This ensures children get in-depth exposure to each branch of science over the whole of KS2. The whole school teaches the same unit at the same time and lessons are adapted to suit the year group’s abilities.

In addition to the different termly knowledge-based science units, each term also requires children to focus on a different set of scientific skills:  creating questions to investigate, planning an investigation, recording results and drawing conclusions.  These skills sets are built on each year.

Term 1
Skills Focus: Planning

Topic Focus: Physics – Forces & Magnesium

Term 2
Skills Focus: Recording Data

Topic Focus: Chemistry – The Particle Theory

Term 3
Skills Focus: Evaluation

Topic Focus: Biology – Plants & Photosynthesis

Term 1
Skills Focus: Planning

Topic Focus: Physics – Energy & Sound

Term 2
Skills Focus: Recording Data

Topic Focus: Chemistry – Chemical Change

Term 3
Skills Focus: Evaluation

Topic Focus: Biology – Human Health & Fitness

Term 1
Skills Focus: Planning

Topic Focus: Physics – Electricity

Term 2
Skills Focus: Recording Data

Topic Focus: Chemistry – Geology, Mixtures & Separation

Term 3
Skills Focus: Evaluation

Topic Focus: Biology – Environment, Ecology & Evolution

Term 1
Skills Focus: Planning

Topic Focus: Physics – Light

Term 2
SKills Focus: Recording Data

Topic Focus: Chemistry – Acid & Alkalis

Term 3
Skills Focus: Evaluation

Topic Focus: Biology – Human Body & Senses

Nikki Connelly, Curriculum Co-Ordinator

This class is watching the Elephant’s Toothpaste experiment to see what chemical reactions happen when we mix perexoide with potassium iodide. When we mixed them together, we knew a rection had taken place because there was a fizzing sound and the tube got very hot.  We also could see the mixture changing into a foam and growing in size.  We observed some gas (it looked like steam) coming off of the foam.  We learned that lots of different materials were made:  The teacher showed the class that if she put a flint that she had blown out into the foam it lit up again so the class knew that oxygen had been produced.  We also saw that when the teacher put a piece of paper into the foam, it went black, this was because iodine had been made by mixing the 2 chemicals together.