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.

In Key Stage 1, there are four main areas of learning in Science comprising of:

  • 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 (through a hands-on approach) 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.

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 and 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.

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.

In Key Stage 2, we use ‘Empiribox’ - an engaging and exciting scheme that focuses on delivering fun and practical hands-on investigations. Through this approach we 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.

This year we will be exploring the following topics:

Is baking a cake a science? What is fire? What is a chemical change? How does Science help us in our day to day lives?

Through a range of investigations, our Gordonbrock scientists will experience chemical change and see how this occurs when objects or substances are changed or altered.

For thousands of years, people all over the world from every different culture have had ideas about ways of staying healthy, eating things that are ‘good for you’ and exercise. Science helps us to have a clearer picture of a ‘healthy diet’ and the importance of regular exercise as vital parts of a ‘healthy lifestyle’. The value of this aspect of the National Curriculum in helping young people understand the importance of exercise and a balanced diet throughout their lives cannot be overestimated. In this unit various aspects of fitness and a healthy diet are investigated by the children in fun and meaningful ways.

Electricity is a force of nature! In this unit, Gordonbrock’s scientists investigate this amazing phenomenon which has been around since the creation of the universe. Almost every form of technology is made possible due to electricity and it is an integral part of biological life on Earth. The children will explore a whole world of electricity; from the beating of our hearts, to the working of our brains and muscles, everything is made possible due to electric currents.




The 12 units of work covered across Key Stage 2:

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.

Catherine Ousbey, Science Co-Ordinator