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Longitudinal Studies

Over the course of the year, each year group completes a longitudinal study. This gives the children opportunities to apply their 'working scientifically' skills and observe changes over time. The children gather evidence, take accurate measurements, analyse data and draw conclusions. 

Reception

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. The children will create tree diaries, observational drawings, measure and look closely at the changes to the leaves. 
Link to EYFS framework: ELG Understanding the world

 

Year 1

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

 

Year 2

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

 

Year 3

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 throughout the day and in different seasons.

Link to Science Curriculum: Light

 

Year 4

Environment Study: What impact do humans have on the local environment?

Year 4 are conducting an impact study on Frederick’s Wood. They will undertake fieldwork, look at historical maps and investigate the impact humans have had on the woodland environment and biodiversity. 
Link to Science Curriculum: Living things and their habitats

 

Year 5

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

 

Year 6

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

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