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At Hillcross the focus for Science teaching is on the children building up a body of knowledge and concepts, through which they are encouraged to recognise rational explanations and develop a sense of awe and wonder about natural phenomena. Children are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes. 


Aims of the New Curriculum

The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

•Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

•Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.

•Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

In key stage 1, pupils read and spell scientific vocabulary at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge.

By key stage 2, pupils should read, spell and pronounce scientific vocabulary.

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Here is a look at some of the exciting topics we cover at Hillcross:

A Moment in Time - Time waits for Year 1 as their learning focuses on the growth of humans and other animals.

Survival ! - Year 2 get a handle on the properties of differnet materials and which are best suited for a specific purpose ... chocolate teapot anyone?

Secret Garden - Year 3's green fingers are nurtured during this topic as they learn about plants, growth and roots.

Light up the World with Glee - Lightning strikes in Year 4 as they focus their learning on electrict circuits and aim to build their own game boards using an electric circuit.

Third Rock from the Sun! - Year 5 are illuminated by facts about day and night, shadows and the Earth's natural resources.

Knowing me, knowing you ... ! - Ahhhhaah-ealthy life style in Year 6 is needed as they focus on the human body, nutrition and try their hands at yoga!

What the children have to say ...

When we went to London Zoo, we learnt so much about the different animals. We even got to touch crocodile skin! - Year 1

I have enjoyed learning about all of the different animal groups by sorting them using a tree map. - Year 1

I enjoyed Science because it is really fun when we  conducted experiments – like the time we tested the permeability of different rocks. – Year 3

Science is good because you can journey to the centre of the Earth without leaving your seat. - Year 4

I was amazed by how a liquid can change to gas.  We looked at this change by completing an experiment on evaporation. Year 4