This half term (spring 2 2020), children will study the topic of 'Light'. They will:
- Recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light.
- Notice that light is reflected from surfaces.
- Recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes.
- Recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object.
- Find patterns in the way that the sizes of shadows change.
Working scientifically, across Year 3, children will be:
- Asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them.
- Setting up simple practical
enquiries, comparative and fair tests.
- Making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate
measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers.
- Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions.
- Recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables.
- Reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions.
- Using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions.
- Identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes.
- Using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.
The children will learn about James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879), the Scottish physicist whose work was instrumental in helping Albert Einstein in his studies.