Over the course of the year, each year group completes a longitudinal study. This gives the children opportunity to apply their 'working scientifically' skills and observe changes over time.
The children gather evidence, take accurate measurements, analyse data and draw conclusions.
Trees: How do the trees change over the four seasons?
Reception are observing trees over time. They are looking out for changes to the trees across autumn, winter, spring and summer.
Link to EYFS ELG: Understanding the world
Seasons: How does our school environment change over the four seasons?
Year 1 are using their senses to explore the seasonal changes that take place around them throughout the year. They are observing and describing the weather and finding out how the day length varies in the autumn, winter, spring and summer.
Link to Science Curriculum: Seasonal Changes
Habitats: What habitats and microhabitats exist in our local area? What plants and animals live in these habitats over the course of a year?
Year 2 are investigating which habitats and microhabitats exist in Drake Primary School and in Fairfields. They will explore the plants and animals that live in these habitats over the course of a year.
Link to Science Curriculum: Living things and their habitats
Shadows: How does my shadow length change throughout the year?
Year 3 are making use of a range of equipment to take accurate measurements of their shadows, in autumn, winter, spring and summer. They will investigate how the length of their shadow changes in different seasons.
Link to Science Curriculum: Light
Water cycle: How does the rate of evaporation change with temperature?
Year 4 are investigating how different temperatures affect the rate of evaporation of a liquid. They will conduct a fair test in autumn, winter, spring and summer to see how temperature affects evaporation speed.
Link to Science Curriculum: States of matter
Night-time sky: What’s in the sky at night?
Year 5 will make use of first-hand evidence, star charts and photographic evidence to analyse the phases of the moon, light pollution and constellation change. Year 5 will investigate how the night sky changes over Thetford throughout the year.
Link to Science Curriculum: Earth and space
Measuring ourselves: How much do we grow over the year?
Year 6 are measuring their height, arm length, hand span and foot length each term. At the end of year, they will calculate how much they have grown and compare their individual growth to the growth of the class.
Link to Science Curriculum: Animals including humans / Evolution and inheritance