The subject lead for Science at Darwen St James is Mrs Davis.

Science Curriculum

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Reception - Materials

Reception Class have been exploring different objects and sorting them by materials, wood, metal or plastic.

Year 1 - Seasonal Change

In Year 1 we have been looking at the four seasons of the year and different types of weather. We are looking in particular at the seasons of Autumn and Winter. As well as this, we have been looking at different ways of measuring the weather such as making anemometers to measure the wind and gauges to measure the volume of rain.

Year 2 - Everyday Materials

In Year 2 the children are learning about Everyday Materials. They are learning the name of different materials including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard and through a variety of investigations, are beginning to compare the suitability of everyday materials for particular uses.

Year 3

In Year 3 the children are learning about Animals Including Humans. They are learning  about nutrition, including how animals and humans get their food. In our recent lesson they learnt about skeletons in both animals and humans. We played detectives trying to identify which skeleton belonged to which animal, they then put together the bones to make a human skeleton. 

Year 4

In Year 4 we have been learning about Living Things and their habitats. We were so excited to meet Mike from Critters Interactive who brought in a variety of his pets for us to meet. We classified his pets into vertebrates and invertebrates and had fun holding the animals so we could get a good look at them. Some of the invertebrates we held were Giant Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches, Giant African Land Snails and a Giant African Millipede. The vertebrates we met were Jake the Corn Snake, Mojo the Spiny Tailed Monitor lizard.

Year 5

In year 5 we are learning about the Earth and Space. We have looked at the planets, learning about their names and the order. In our most recent lesson, we looked at the moon and the phases of the moon. We used oreo cookies to create a model of the different phases.

Year 6

In Year 6 we have been learning about Evolution and Inheritance. We found out all about Charles Darwin and took a thinking walk around school to collect living things we find there. We have looked at how living things change over time and how offspring inherit characteristics from their parents. We are also going to look at how living things adapt to their environment and carry out investigations.

Year 1 - Animals Including Humans

In Year 1 we have been learning about Animals including humans. We have been learning the names of different parts of the body and our five senses. After this, we looked at different types of animals called reptiles, birds, mammals, fish, insects and amphibians. We looked at how we can classify them and what their characteristics are. We even had a go at a spot of bird watching - tweet tweet!

Year 3 - Animals Including Humans

In Year 3 we have been learning about rocks and soils. We have carried out lots of enquiries around purpose rocks, hard rocks and types of rock. We have learned about sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks. As well as this we have been investigating fossils and learning about how they are made.

Year 5 - Animals Including Humans


In Year 5 we have been learning about Animals including Humans. We have learned about the life cycle of humans,  carried out enquiries that relate to the gestation period of different animals and developed our understanding of puberty in adolescence. We have also researched what happens to our bodies in old age.


Reception - 

Year 1 - Animals Including Humans

Year 2 - Animals Including Humans

Year 2 have been learning about ‘Animals including Humans’. They started by looking at the life cycles of animals and humans and how we change as we get older. They looked at different types of food and what makes a healthy lunchbox and what happens to our body when we exercise. The children also completed a number of investigations, including looking at whether older children have a bigger handspan.

Year 3 - Rocks and Soils

Year 3 have been learning about different types of rocks. We have looked at igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. As well as this we carried out investigations into how hard or porous rocks are. Year 3 also learned about how fossils are formed. Finally, we tested different types of soils to see what they were made of and to decide which is best for a farmer to grow his crops.

Year 4 - Sound

Year 5 - All Living Things

Year 6 - Light



Year 1 - Everyday Materials

Year 2 - All Living Things and their Habitats

Year 3 - Light

Year 3 have been learning about light in their Science this term. We started at looking at how dark is the absence of light and how light travels in straight lines. We carried out lots of investigations that investigated shadows and what happens to the shadow when an object is opaque, translucent or transparent.

Year 4 - Animals Including Humans

Year 5 - All Living Things

Year 6 - Electricity