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Science Learning at Mission Grove

In Science during the Summer 2 half-term our children will be learning about: 

Two-Year Olds - Bears

  • playing what’s in the bag games
  • exploring mark marking on different materials 
  • identifying similarities and differences between pictures and text in books
  • identifying similarities and differences between themselves and their friends
  • comparing and ordering objects and amounts based on their number/ size/ weight etc 
  • constructing and balancing lots of structures using a range of materials
  • investigating and making patterns 
  • using weighing scales 
  • developing their personal hygiene skills 
  • developing their gross and fine motor skills 
  • exploring different materials using their senses 
  • using materials based on their properties 
  • playing with objects and materials with different patterns, textures, colours and tones 
  • exploring natural materials based 
  • investigating mini-beasts


Nursery - Mini-Beasts

  • developing their balance and fine motor skills
  • increasing their personal hygiene and needs independence 
  • learning about sun safety 
  • learning about and applying healthy food choices
  • using the features of the things they draw  
  • investigating texture and the effects of different mark making tools 
  • constructing with loose parts
  • learning about our role as carers for the natural world including the mini-beasts and bees in our bug hotels
  • going on bug safaris
  • investigating the movements of different animals
  • identifying similarities and differences between different parts of the world through pictures 
  • identifying similarities and differences between people each other and people around the world 
  • asking questions, making predictions about and exploring how things work
  • selecting appropriate resources for their task 


Year One - Under The Sea

  • learning about how the seasons change and what this affects 
  • learning about sun safety
  • naming plants in the school grounds and BioDome as well as other common plants 
  • labelling the different parts of a plant and understanding where these should be e.g. the roots should be in the ground
  • observe changes over time 
  • gather and analyse data
  • investigating, designing and using pulleys 


Year Two - Animals Including Humans  

  • understanding what animals (including human) need to stay healthy and what will happen if they do not have this
  • describing how baby animals change as they grow and age
  • ordering the lifestages of humans 


Year Three - Light 

  • recognising that we need light to see 
  • identifying light sources 
  • investigating light reflection 
  • understanding that the sun can be dangerous 
  • investigating how shadows change
  • beginning to understand transparent, translucent and opaque 


Year Four - Living Things 

  • classifying plants and animals based on their own criteria
  • creating and using classification keys 
  • learning about invertebrates and vertebrates 
  • identifying how humans have impacted the environment both positively and negatively


Year Five - Properties of Materials 

  • identifies similarities and differences between objects based on their scientific knowledge e.g. transparency or conduction of electricity 
  • investigating solutions dissolving and solvable or insoluble materials 
  • understanding how heat affection solution 
  • explaining the difference between melting and dissolving 
  • learning about evaporation 
  • explaining the difference between filtering and sieving and understanding where each should be used. 
  • separating two mixtures using a variety of methods
  • testing materials and explaining how they could be used based on their properties 
  • researching how scientists use materials based on their properties 
  • explaining reversible and irreversible changes 


Year Six - Living Things 

  • explaining what classification is and why scientists classify plants and animals
  • understanding that groups can be divided into subgroups e.g. animals to vertebrates and invertebrates
  • understanding that not all animals of a class have every feature of that class e.g. dolphins are mammals. They produce milk but they don't have hair
  • create and use classification systems or keys 
  • learning about scientists who use or have contributed to classification