National Curriculum Science

During years 5 and 6, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific
methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content.
National Curriculum of England Hands-On Education Activity
Sc5/1 Working Scientifically
    Sc5/1.1 planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
      Sc5/1.2 taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision
        Sc5/1.3 recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, and bar and line graphs
          Sc5/1.4 using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
            Sc5/1.5 reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations
              Sc5/1.6 identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments
                Sc5/2.1 Living Things and their habitats
                  Sc5/2.1a describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
                    Sc5/2.1b describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals
                      Sc5/2.2 Animals including humans
                        Sc5/2.2a describe the changes as humans develop to old age
                          Sc5/3.1 Properties and Changes of Materials
                            Sc5/3.1a compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets
                              Sc5/3.1b know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution
                                Sc5/3.1c use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating
                                  Sc5/3.1d give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic
                                    Sc5/3.1e demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes
                                      Sc5/3.1f explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda
                                        Sc5/4.1 Earth and Space
                                          Sc5/4.1a describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system
                                            Sc5/4.1b describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth
                                              Sc5/4.1c describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies
                                                Sc5/4.1d use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night, and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky
                                                  Sc5/4.2 Forces
                                                    Sc5/4.2a explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object
                                                      Sc5/4.2b identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces
                                                        Sc5/4.2c recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect

                                                          What topics are covered in the year 5 science curriculum?

                                                          The curriculum also covers the fascinating field of earth and space. Students will describe the movement of the Earth, planets, and the Moon in relation to the Sun. They will understand the spherical nature of the Sun, Earth, and Moon, and use the concept of Earth's rotation to explain day and night, as well as the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky.

                                                          Additionally, students will explore the concept of forces, including the force of gravity and its impact on falling objects. They will also identify and understand the effects of air resistance, water resistance, and friction on moving surfaces. The curriculum introduces students to mechanisms such as levers, pulleys, and gears, highlighting how these allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

                                                          Throughout their learning journey, students will develop critical thinking skills, scientific reasoning, and the ability to analyze and interpret data. They will also gain an understanding of the importance of evidence in supporting or refuting ideas and arguments.

                                                          In summary, the year 5 science curriculum encompasses a diverse range of captivating topics. Students will explore living things and their habitats, delve into the properties and changes of materials, gain knowledge about animals including humans, study the Earth and space, and investigate forces and their effects. The curriculum also emphasizes the development of scientific skills, including planning investigations, collecting and analysing data, and effectively communicating findings.

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                                                          What do year 5 children learn in science?

                                                          During year 5 science, your class or child will be engaged in a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses a wide range of exciting topics. The National Curriculum of England ensures that pupils develop their scientific knowledge and skills through hands-on education activities and practical scientific methods.

                                                          Throughout years 5 and 6, pupils will be taught to utilize various scientific processes and skills, all while exploring the captivating world of science. The programme of study content emphasizes the importance of working scientifically, enabling pupils to plan different types of scientific inquiries, recognize and control variables when necessary, and take measurements with increasing accuracy and precision.

                                                          Recording data and results in scientific investigations will become more complex, as pupils learn to employ scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, and bar and line graphs. They will also have the opportunity to use test results to make predictions, setting up further comparative and fair tests. The reporting and presenting of findings from these inquiries will be emphasized, whether it be through oral presentations, written reports, or visually engaging displays.

                                                          Moreover, pupils will be encouraged to critically analyze scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments, fostering a deeper understanding of the scientific process. By engaging in these inquiry-based activities, pupils will develop their skills in observation, data collection, analysis, and drawing conclusions.

                                                          In year 5 science, the curriculum delves into captivating topics such as living things and their habitats, animals including humans, properties and changes of materials, earth and space, and forces. Pupils will explore the differences in life cycles among mammals, amphibians, insects, and birds, as well as gain an understanding of the reproduction processes in various plants and animals.

                                                          More on year 5 hands on learning

                                                          The properties of everyday materials will be investigated, with a focus on hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets. Pupils will also learn about the dissolution of materials in liquids to form solutions and discover methods for recovering substances from these solutions.

                                                          They will explore the separation of mixtures through techniques such as filtering, sieving, and evaporating. Moreover, pupils will engage in comparative and fair tests to determine the specific uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood, and plastic. They will also investigate the reversible changes that occur during dissolving, mixing, and changes of state, as well as irreversible changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.

                                                          In addition, year 5 science explores the fascinating realms of earth and space. Pupils will learn about the movement of the Earth and other planets in relation to the Sun within our solar system, as well as the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth. They will gain an understanding of the approximate spherical shape of the Sun, Earth, and Moon and how the Earth's rotation influences day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.

                                                          Lastly, pupils will delve into the forces that shape our world. They will explore the force of gravity, which causes unsupported objects to fall towards the Earth, as well as the effects of air resistance, water resistance, and friction between moving surfaces. Furthermore, pupils will recognize the role of mechanisms such as levers, pulleys, and gears, which allow smaller forces to have a greater effect.

                                                          Through this comprehensive and interactive curriculum, year 5 children will develop a deep understanding of scientific concepts, enhance their practical skills, and cultivate a curiosity and appreciation for the world of science.

                                                          What will students learn in year 5 science?

                                                          In year 5 science, students will have the opportunity to engage in various scientific activities and develop essential skills. They will learn how to plan different types of scientific inquiries, recognize and control variables, and take measurements with increasing accuracy and precision using a range of scientific equipment. The students will also be encouraged to record their data and results using scientific diagrams, labels, classification keys, tables, and graphs.

                                                          Furthermore, students will learn the importance of using test results to make predictions and set up further comparative and fair tests. They will be guided on how to effectively report and present their findings from scientific inquiries, including drawing conclusions, explaining causal relationships, and showcasing results through oral and written forms like displays and presentations.

                                                          The year 5 science curriculum encompasses a wide range of fascinating topics. In the module on living things and their habitats, students will explore the differences in the life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects, and birds. They will also delve into the life processes of reproduction in plants and animals.

                                                          Another engaging area of study is animals, including humans. Students will have the opportunity to describe the changes humans undergo as they develop into old age. They will gain knowledge about the properties and changes of materials, comparing and grouping everyday materials based on their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity, and magnetic response. Students will also learn how to recover substances from solutions and separate mixtures through methods such as filtering, sieving, and evaporating.

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