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Science

At Mile Oak, we provide children with a range of exciting, engaging and thought-provoking learning experiences which enable them to develop their scientific skills.

We aim to harness children's innate curiosity and enthusiasm for Science. We will provide them with fun, practical and meaningful lessons where every child is challenged and supported to reach their full potential. We want children to Think Big which includes them generating their own questions and desiging, developing and improving investigations with which to answer them.

We want children to appreciate the value of Science in the wider world and the potential it offers for the future.

Principles of Science

Science is fun

  • All children are engaged in their Scientific learning.
  • Investigations are practical wherever possible.

Children are curious

  • Children's questions drive learning.
  • Children design, develop and improve investigations in order to answer questions.
  • Frequently, "the room falls silent".

Science is important

  • Links are made to how Science is used in the wider world.
  • Thought is given to how Science can shape and improve our world in the future.
  • We engage families to raise the profile of Science.

We are Skilful Scientists

  • Children's scientific skills are developed through engaging investigations.

Science Across the School

See below for overviews of the Science taught in each Year group. 

  • Science in EYFS

    Below is an overview of the key topics and vocabulary covered in EYFS  at Mile Oak. 

    Year group

    Topics Covered

    Tier 2 Vocabulary

    Reception

    • People & Communities 

    - Showing interest in the lives of familiar people

    - What makes us unique and our similarities and differences to others

    • The World 

    - Commenting and asking questions about aspects of their familiar world 

    - Talking about things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects

    - Talking about why things happen and how things work 

    - Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time

    - Showing care and concern for living things and the environment. 

    - Looking closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change

    • Technology 

    - Knowing how to operate simple equipment  

    - Showing an interest in technological toys or real objects

    question

    investigate

    change

  • Science in KS1

    Below is an overview of the key topics and vocabulary covered in KS1 at Mile Oak. 

    Year group

    Topics Covered

    Tier 2 Vocabulary

    Year 1

    • Animals, including humans

    - Identifying common animals

    - Describing and comparing  structures of common animals

    - Parts of the human body

    • Plants

    - Identifying and naming plants

    - Identifying structures of plants

    • Everyday materials
    • Seasonal changes

    test

    prove

    equipment

     

    Year 2

    • Living things and their habitats

    - Animals, including humans

    - Offspring

    - Basic needs of humans and animals for survival

    - Keeping healthy

    • Plants

    - Investigating how seeds and bulbs grow

    - Identifying what plants need to stay healthy

    • Uses of everyday materials

    observe

    predict

    compare

    results

    enquiry

    invention

  • Science in KS2

    Below is an overview of the key topics and vocabulary covered in KS2 at Mile Oak. 

    Year group

    Topics Covered

    Tier 2 Vocabulary

    Year 3

    • Animals, including humans

    - Diet and nutrition

    - Skeletons and muscles

    • Plants

    - Parts of plants

    - What plants need to survive

    - The lifecycle of flowering plants

    • Rocks
    • Light
    • Forces and magnets

    investigation

    similarities & differences

    properties

    function

    structure

    Year 4

    • Living things and their habitats

    - Grouping living things in a variety of ways

    - Environmental changes and their impact

    • Animals, including humans

    - The human digestive system

    - Teeth

    - Food chains

    • States of matter
    • Sound
    • Electricity

    data

    present

    evidence

    explanation

    environment

    Year 5

    • Living things and their habitats

    - Differences in the life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds

    - The life process of reproduction in some plants and animals

    • Animals, including humans

    - Changes in humans as they develop to old age

    • Properties and changes of materials
    • Earth and space
    • Forces

    evaluate & improve

    characteristics

    conclusion

    design

    resistance

    substance

    reaction

    Year 6

    • Living things and their habitats

    - Classification of microorganisms, plants and animals

    • Animals, including humans-

    - The human circulatory system

    - How to keep bodies healthy

    • Evolution and inheritance
    • Light
    • Electricity

    conditions

    variables

    supports/reinforces

    classification

    scientific ideas

    chemical

Queries

The school History Leader is Mr Harris. 

If you have any questions about the school History curriculum, contact your child's class teacher or Mr Harris via the school office. 

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