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Richmond Hill School


At Richmond Hill we grow independence, build communication and believe you can achieve your personal goals.

At Richmond Hill our science is delivered through topic themes in our creative curriculum and stand-alone lessons. Our pupils learn about science and the world around them through their experiences inside and outside the classroom. The teachers differentiate the curriculum to meet all pupils’ needs and endeavour to make lessons engaging, fun, practical, interactive and interesting. Therefore making the children want to interact, explore and ask questions about the world around them.

Below are the three key areas of the science curriculum which children are currently assessed in:

  • Life Processes & Living Things
  • Materials & their Properties
  • Physical Processes
  • Scientific Enquiry is a strand whose objectives are incorporated into all three key areas.

Life Processes & Living Things

  • Animals – learning about and naming different animals, simple life cycles, features, food they eat & habitats they live in.
  • Plants – identifying seeds, vegetables, fruit, plants, trees, flowers. Planting and growing, investigating the soil and what lives in it, the life cycle and parts of a plant.
  • Humans – naming key parts of the face and body, taste, how to take care of our bodies through food choices and personal hygiene, sorting a simple life cycle.

Materials & their Properties

  • Investigating different materials by handling and looking at them.
  • Using keywords/symbols/signs to describe how materials look and feel.
  • Observing materials that can be changed
  • Learn about the different uses of materials.

Physical Processes

  • Sound – making sound, moving to sound, using instruments, identifying sounds.
  • Light & Electricity – Sources of light, shadows, silhouettes, colours, electrical circuits and objects that use electricity/batteries.
  • Forces – moving objects in different ways, floating and sinking, magnets.

Scientific Enquiry

  • Finding equipment and materials for an investigation.
  • Experiencing and observing what an adult is doing.
  • Repeating what they have just observed.
  • Communicating what they have seen.
  • Supported to think about reasons why something has happened.
  • Recording their work and ideas in different forms – symbols, pictures, drawings, photos, mini reports & video clips.

Examples of learning

Topic Science

Year 1- All About Me

Year 3- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Year 4- What a Load of Junk
Year 5/6- Mission to Mars
Fun Science & Empty Classroom Day Activities

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