Upper Key Stage Two           

 

In upper key stage two science teaching is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They should do this through exploring, talking about their ideas, asking their own questions, and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically. Pupils should draw conclusions based on their data and observations, use evidence to justify their ideas, and use scientific knowledge and understanding to explain findings.

 

Working scientifically

During Year 5 and Year 6 pupils should be taught to use the following scientific methods, processes and skills;

  • planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions
  • taking measurements with increasing accuracy and precision
  • recording data and results- using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs
  • using test results to make predictions to set up further tests
  • reporting and presenting findings from enquiries- in oral and written forms
  • identifying scientific evidence to support ideas or arguments.

Below are the programmes of study that Year 5 and Year 6 are required to teach;

 

Year 5

Year 6

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals, including humans
  • Properties and changes of materials
  • Earth and space
  • Forces
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals, including humans
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Light
  • Electricity