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Christ the King RC Primary School

Christ at the Heart Of All We Do

01282 429108

‘Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus [who is] sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’ Hebrews 12: 1 – 2


Statement of Intent Science

At Christ the King, we aim to inspire awe and wonder of the natural world and natural phenomena. Children will learn to recognise these scientific phenomena in their everyday experiences, and to appreciate how science will impact their future on a personal, national and global level.

ReceptionClass, Autumn 1, 2023

Our topic in this half term has been "All about me". We decided to focus on keeping ourselves healthy and so we took advantage of the good weather and made an outdoor gym where built up a sweat with a series of exercises, cool downs, relaxation and rehydration.




We also thought about healthy food choices and created a healthy food plate, and used the apples from our trees to create a healthy(ish) apple crumble. 

Reception Class also took part on the Tots on Tyres initiative  using balance bikes - another great way to keep healthy and happy!








Year 1 Autumn Seasonal Changes

Throughout the year, Year 1 pupils will be taught to:

  • Observe changes across the four seasons
  • Observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.

Year 1 Autumn - Materials

This half term Year 1 have distinguished between an object and the material from which it is made. They have identified and named a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, rock. The children have described the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials. They have also compared and grouped together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties. Finally they carried out a fair test based on the properties needed to make a tent.

Year 2 Autumn One -  Materials 2023

In Autumn One, we studied materials. We were able to

  • identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses and find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. 
  • Identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses
  • Find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching

Autumn 1 Year 4

Our topic was ‘States of Matter’. Here is a list of things that we did/learned:

  • Observed that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled
  • Identified the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associated the rate of evaporation with temperature
  • Learned that evaporation happens when water is heated/warmed and changed into a gas.
  • Learned that condensation happens when water vapour in the air turns into a visible liquid.
  • Learned that evaporation and condensation are changes that can be reversed

Autumn 2  Science

Our topic was 'Teeth and the Digestive System'. Here is a list of things that we did/learned: 

  • Described the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans. 
  • Identified the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions.
  • Described how teeth and gums have to be cared for in order to keep them healthy.

These are the skills that we covered:

  • Compared the teeth of carnivores and herbivores.
  • Suggested reasons for differences [grouping & classifying].
  • Found out [testing and/or researching] what damages teeth and how to look after them.
  • Discussed their ideas about the digestive system.
  • Compared them with models or images.

Spring 1 Year 4

This half-term, our topic was 'Sound'. We identified how sounds are made and completed lots of fun activities. We explored patterns between the volume of sound and the strength of vibrations. We completed an investigation to discover which material was best at muffling sound. 

Autumn 1 Year 5 - Life Cycles 

Here is our key learning from this unit of work:

  •  Flowering plants rely on insects, animals and wind to aid in pollination.
  • Animals use sexual reproduction to produce offspring. 
  • Some plants can use sexual reproduction and some plants can use asexual reproduction to produce offspring.
  • Amphibians and some insects (including butterflies) go through a stage in their lifecycle known as metamorphosis where their physical bodies change.
  • Mammals are born from their parent’s bodies whereas birds lay eggs.

Naturalists, such as David Attenborough and Jane Goodall help to protect habitats to ensure that plants and animals can reproduce.

Year 6  Autumn 1 : The Circulatory System.

We studied the human circulatory system and its vital role in transporting oxygen, nutrients and hormones round the body. We have learnt:

  • the functions of different parts of the circulatory system
  • the role of different types of blood cells
  • how exercise affects pulse rate
  • how we use different types of variables when carrying out a scientific investigation
  • how we can present our results in different ways including bar charts and line graphs



Autumn 2: Light

This half term, we have studied light and how this form of energy is vital to our existence. We have learnt:

  •       -   that light travels from a light source in straight lines called rays
  •        - that there are primary and secondary light sources and the moon is a secondary source
  •        - that light is vital to life
  •        - how light enables us to see
  •        - how shadows are formed and why different objects produce different shadows
  •        - to use independent, dependent and controlled variables in an investigation
  •        - to recognise and draw conclusions from patterns in results

Spring 1: Classification of Living Things

This half term, we learned how to classify living things into broad groups according to common characteristics. These characteristics are based on similarities and differences. We found out that living things can be grouped into micro-organisms, plants and animals. Here are some examples of the children's work.


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