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The 'Big Ideas' of Science

 

The following 10 statements, first described by Wynne Harlen (2010) are taught through our science curriculum at The Trinity:

 

All matter in the Universe is made of very small particles.

Objects can affect other objects at a distance.

Changing the movement of an object requires a net force to be acting on it.

The total amount of energy in the Universe is always the same but can be transferred from one energy store to another during an event.

The composition of the Earth and its atmosphere and the processes occurring within them shape the Earth’s surface and its climate.

Our solar system is a very small part of one of billions of galaxies in the Universe.

Organisms are organised on a cellular basis and have a finite life span.

Organisms require a supply of energy and materials for which they often depend on, or compete with, other organisms.

The diversity of organisms, living and extinct, is the result of evolution.

 

 

 

Our science intent, implementation and impact document. September 2020.

Below, you will find overviews for each topic taught at The Trinity this half term (autumn 1, 2020).  Please note, as a result of adjustments made to the school curriculum as part of our Brave New World topic, pupils will be learning content that was planned to be taught in summer term.  For example, Y3 pupils will be learning Y2 content from the topic of Plants. The whole school curriculum has been adapted to suit these requirements and forthcoming topics can be read from the whole school overview document found further down this page.

Whole school science curriculum map 2020-2021 adapted for Brave New World Learning

Welcome to Science at The Trinity!

 

We are delighted to welcome pupils back to school in September 2020.  From this term, pupils will be introduced to a new unique and bespoke whole-school curriculum written for The Trinity by the science subject leader, Mr Sinnott.  This curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure consistency and the revision of prior learning across the whole school.  The specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught through session planning designed to maximise opportunities for working scientifically.  Pupils will revisit prior learning in each lesson and they will revisit prior learning from previous years during their time at The Trinity.  In this way, pupils will receive a science education that is consistent, with carefully mapped progression at its heart.

 

We intend to provide the best for our pupils as they deserve no less.  Each half term, you will be able to access overviews on one sheet that provide you with information about what your child will be learning.  Additionally, this page will be updated with relevant documents relating to science at our school.  If you have any further questions about the subject, please contact Mr Sinnott via the school office.

 

As a result of adaptation necessary to cover the curriculum in full, during autumn 1 (September to October half term), children in year groups 2-6 will be covering work originally planned to be delivered during the previous summer term. 

 

Year 1 will begin with their first topic, Seasonal Changes (autumn to winter) as planned.  

Year 2 will study Plants (Year 1 curriculum expectations).  

Year 3 will study Plants (Year 2 curriculum expectations).  

Year 4 will study Plants (Year 3 curriculum expectations).  

Year 5 will study Sound (Year 4 curriculum expectations).

Year 6 will study a combination of Animals, Including Humans and Living Things and Their Habitats (Year 5 curriculum expectations).

 

 

September 2020

 

Y1 Science lessons for parents, provided courtesy of the Association for Science Education

Our science intent

 

The intent of our science curriculum at The Trinity is:

 

To encourage a love of learning through curiosity, by developing the confidence to ask questions, and to find out through reasoned, systematic working. We aim to develop learners who are capable of finding the answers to important scientific questions for the future benefit of all of God's wonderful creation.

 

 

What this means in reality

 

The best learning in science provides our children with the foundations for understanding the world through the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.  Embedded within and across these disciplines is the concept of working scientifically.  Only by 'trying it out' can our pupils progress.  Thomas Edison's successes are mentioned far more than his 'failures'.  He is quoted as saying, “I have not failed 10,000 times...I’ve successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.”  What a fantastic attitude!

 

With this in mind, science at The Trinity is taught through practical investigation, where possible.  Lessons are planned with the aim of building on prior knowledge.  Vocabulary is emphasised in all sessions.  This is important in all subjects but particularly important to science.  Think about 'light', for example.  What does 'light' mean?  A mass may be described as feeling light or heavy, a room may be described as being light or dark.  Therefore, at the heart of our teaching and learning, scientific vocabulary is emphasised in each session.  Pupils are exposed to it through the use of a ‘word bank’ and high-quality teaching emphasising the importance of vocabulary.

 

Due to this need for clarity with scientific language, children at The Trinity have access to a range of age-appropriate vocabulary, suitable for working scientifically and particular topics studied by the children.  Expected vocabulary for each year group is available below:

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