Science


In science at Maiden Beech we aim to fire pupils' curiosity about the world around them. Pupils are encouraged to ask questions and seek answers such as "How can we fire our elastic bands further?" and "Which indigestion tablet is the best?". Lessons are a mixture of discussions, experiments, investigations, modeling, presenting and group work. Pupils are given opportunities to present their ideas in a variety of ways to suit their individual learning style. Materials studied in lessons are related to real life developments in science and technology. All years will study famous scientists and their contribution to the world.

Module Map

This is the programme of learning over the academic year for this subject.

Year 5

TermTitle
AutumnMaterials
In this module pupils will learn about the properties and uses of a range of materials. They will find out what happens when they heat and cool materials and find out how the materials behave when they are added to water. Pupils will investigate the best thermal insulator and will make an insulation box to keep a beaker of water hot for as long as possible. Pupils will be introduced to the particle theory and find out about physical and chemical changes. This is a very exciting module for the year 5 pupils because they will use the Bunsen burners for the first time.
SpringForces
In this module pupils will find out forces and their effects on the world. They will focus on gravity, friction and air/water resistance. Pupils will also be introduced to the idea of pulleys and levers.
SpringEarth and Space
This module will introduce pupils to the Earth in space. Pupils will learn that the Earth, moon and sun are all spheres. They will be able to describe the movement of the Earth around the sun and of the moon around the Earth. They will look at the apparent position of the sun in sky and work scientifically to investigate the affect that this has on shadow length using a model.
SummerLife cycles and living things
In this module pupils will learn about the life cycle of a flowering plant and study sexual and asexual reproduction in plants. They will then look at the life cycles of a bird, an amphibian (frog), an insect (stick insect) and a mammal (guinea pig). Finally they will study the physical and emotional changes that happen to them at puberty. They will learn about the human reproductive system, menstruation, conception, pregnancy and birth. They will also be encouraged to think about peer pressure and making responsible choices.
SummerEnd of year assessment (GL)
An end of year assessment, using the GL assessment test, to cover all the work done in KS 2 so far.

Year 6

TermTitle
AutumnElectricity
Pupils will build on their understanding of electrical circuits in this module.
AutumnAnimals including humans
This module will cover the human circulatory system and look at how nutrients are transported in other animals. It will also cover the impact of diet, drugs, alcohol and exercise on health.
SpringLight
This module covers light, how it travels and how it behaves.
SpringKey stage 2 final assessment
We will use the GL assessment to get a final snapshot of the children's attainment in key stage two science.There will be a period of revision just before this test.
SpringHabitats and ecosystems
This module covers the key stage 2 work on inheritance and work from key stage 2 and 3 on ecosystems. Pupils will be introduced to some basic genetics and find out how organisms interact in an ecosystem.
SummerSATS support
Here the science department will cover some key ideas from the maths curriculum to help support the SATs revision. The exact content may vary depending on need.
SummerScience Skills
In this module we will study some of the key skills in practical and investigative science that will be needed for key stage 3.

Year 7

TermTitle
AutumnSpeed and Gravity
In this physics based module the pupils will learn about speed, investigate the factors that affect a toy car rolling down a ramp and find out about gravity on the Earth and other planets.
AutumnElectricity
In this physics module the pupils will learn about voltage, current and resistance and the relationship between them.
AutumnEnergy (1)
In this physics module the pupils will learn about energy costs in the home and different methods of energy transfer.
AutumnLight and Sound
In this physics module the pupils will learn about light and sound and be introduced to their properties as waves.
SpringMatter
In this chemistry module the pupils will learn about the particle model of matter. They will also revise their key stage 2 work about separating and extend it to explain their work using the particle theory.
SpringReactions (1)
In this Chemistry module the pupils will learn about metals and non metals and the reactions of acids and alkalis. They will also learn how to work safely with acids and alkalis.
SpringThe Earth and The Universe
This chemistry module covers the structure of the Earth and the rock cycle. Pupils will also cover some space science and will learn about the seasons and the sun.
SummerCells and movement
This biology module looks at movement in humans and how the skeleton and muscles work together to achieve this. Pupils will also look at the structure of some simple cells and learn the differences between plant and animal cells.
SummerGL assessment
This will assess your work so far.
SummerGenes (1)
This biology module will revise human reproduction and look at variation in species.

Year 8

TermTitle
AutumnForces and Pressure
In this physics module pupils will learn about equilibrium and the effects of forces. They will be introduced to levers and moments. In the second part of the module the pupils will learn about fluid (liquid and gas) pressure.
AutumnMagnets
In this physics module pupils will find out about magnetic fields and learn how to raw the field lines around a bar magnet. They will investigate how to change the strength of an electromagnet.
AutumnEnergy 2
In this physics module the pupils will learn about work done and how to calculate it. They will also learn how to explain their observations when there is a temperature change and look at the ways in which heat energy can be transferred.
AutumnWaves
In this physics module the pupils will learn more about light and sound and their behaviour as waves. They will learn the properties of transverse and longitudal waves and find out about the properties and effects of a range of different waves.
SpringElements and the periodic table
In this chemistry module pupils will learn about the history of the periodic table and investigate the trends and patterns within the table.
SpringReactions 2
In this chemistry module pupil will build on their understanding of reactions from year 7 and will learn about new reactions such as thermal decomposition. They will look at energy changes during a reaction and find out what catalysts do.
SpringEarth - climate and resources
Int his chemistry module pupils will learn about the carbon cycle and the extraction of metals. They will discuss how human activity has changed our atmosphere and find out more about climate change.
SummerGL assessment
This will be the end of key stage 3 assessment for science at Maiden Beech.
SummerBreathing and digestion
In this biology module pupils will learn how we breath and find out about more about the reactions that happen during digestion.
SummerRespiration and Photosynthesis
In this biology module the pupils will learn more about the chemical processes that happen during photosynthesis and respiration.
SummerEvolution and Inheritance
In this biology module the pupils will learn more about the structure of DNA and its discovery. They will also learn about biodiversity and the importance of maintaining it.

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