Key Stage 1

Our topic for this term is ‘Seasonal changes’ and we will be discussing changes over the four seasons and observing and describing weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies. We will also understand how to measure the weather and understand that some weather can be dangerous.

Our topic for the second half of the term is ‘Everyday materials and their uses’ and we will distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made. We will identify and name a variety of materials including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock and think about their use. We will also find out how the shapes of solid objects are made from some materials and can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.

Key Stage 2

Our topic is ‘properties of everyday materials and changes, states of matter, forces and magnets.’

Year 3 and 4

We will learn about solids, liquids and gases and observe changes in state. We will study the Water Cycle and understand evaporation and condensation. We will compare the effects of magnets and think about how things move on different surfaces and notice some forces need contact but magnetic forces can act at a distance.

Year 5 and 6

We will compare and group together different materials and know that materials can dissolve in a liquid. We will use our knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated. We will also explain the force of gravity and identify air resistance, water resistance and friction. We will learn how some mechanisms allow a small force to have a great effect.