Science - Year 3

Y3 / Lower KS 2 Topics - Click on quick links below.

A document highlighting the difference between the new curriculum and the 2000 QCA Schemes of Work can be downloaded from here. We obtained this Scheme of Work from Michael Tidd's very good teaching blog.

All of our year groups cover the complete curriculum with the exception of Maths, English, Computing and Language. Currently, Maths and English are being developed through new activities as well as integrated into existing ones.

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Our Year 3 activities are launching throughout 2022 /2023. The table below will then populate accordingly.


National Curriculum Standard Hands-On Education Activity
Sc3/1 Working Scientifically

During years 3 and 4, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

Sc3/1.1 asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them

Sc3/1.2 setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
Sc3/1.3 making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers
Sc3/1.4 gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions
Sc3/1.5 recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables
Sc3/1.6 reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions
Sc3/1.7 using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
Sc3/1.8 identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
Sc3/1.9 using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings
Sc3/2.1 Plants

Sc3/2.1a identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers

Sc3/2.1b explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant

Sc3/2.1c investigate the way in which water is transported within plants

Sc3/2.1d explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal

Sc3/2.2 Animals including humans

Sc3/2.2a identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat

Sc3/2.2b identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement

Sc3/3.1 Rocks

Sc3/3.1a compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties

Sc3/3.1b describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock
Sc3/3.1c recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter
Sc3/4.1 Light

Sc3/4.1a recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light

Sc3/4.1b notice that light is reflected from surfaces
Sc3/4.1c recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes

Sc3/4.1d recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object
Sc3/4.1e find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change
Sc3/4.2 Forces and Magnets

Sc3/4.2a compare how things move on different surfaces

Sc3/4.2b notice that some forces need contact between 2 objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance

Sc3/4.2c observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others

Sc3/4.2d compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials

Sc3/4.2e describe magnets as having 2 poles

Sc3/4.2f predict whether 2 magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing

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