Welcome to Science at Sandye Place
Science is “awesome” in every sense of the word. We encourage children to learn about the world we live in in using a number of different sources; especially practicals. We have two fully equipped laboratories where pupils learn a range of skills, working safely and responsibly. They record and present results in tables and on graphs which helps link to their skills in mathematics.
Each year group studies topics that Physics, Biology and Chemistry based. In Key Stage 2 pupils have two lessons every week and in Key Stage 3 pupils have three lessons each week.
Science is taught as part of Topics in Year 5. Within each Topic pupils will learn about plants' structure and their life cycles, materials and their properties and their physical state and forces. They learn how to work in a science laboratory, how to handle glassware and heating equipment including Bunsen burners.They learn how to write science reports.
In Year 6 pupils are taught in three groups. They learn about animals' adaptations, food chains and classifications, dissolving and some everyday chemical reactions, light, electricity and sound.
In practical sessions we measure, record and process results using mean(average), we use heating equipment to separate dissolved mixtures, use ray boxes for light beams and learn how to plan investigations and trialling them.
Building on the pupils' learning in Key Stage 2; in Year 7 we learn about more adaptations and food webs which are affected by population changes, cells,and human reproductive systems, chemical reactions and the periodic table, acids and alkalis, energy, forces, space and electrical circuits.
In practical sessions we continue the work from Year 6 in planning, recording and processing results. We learn how to handle chemicals and their reactions safely, simple titration, develop science investigation skills and processes in order to gain accuracy with the results.
Pupils learn about the human body, breathing, circulation and disease, elements and the periodic table, compounds and the reactivity series, light, sound and electromagnetism.
In practical sessions, building on the practical skills in Year 7, we have opportunities to compare the effects of two variables in an investigation, dissect a heart and build electromagnets.