The following is intended to be an outline of content covered during Years 5 and 6 in Science at the Charles Dickens School, developed in conjunction with the Berlin state curriculum and the State Europe Schools’ Science curriculum. It is not prescriptive and is indicative of a rough progression rather than a strict curriculum to be followed in precise order. Teachers may choose to study units at different times and rates. Additional content areas may be included to deepen children’s understanding and links are exploited, particularly with Geography, in content areas where there is considerable overlap. Scientific skills are developed throughout the two years and are not limited to the introductory unit.

Introduction to Science – What is Science? How do Scientists work?

1. Dealing with Everyday Substances
Observable physical properties e.g. hardness, smell, colour etc
States of matter e.g. water
Simple experiments to determine properties of magnetism, conductivity, buoyancy, density.
Separating mixtures and solutions

2. Sun – Weather – Seasons
Sun as a source of energy.
Day and night, seasons.
Sun driving the weather.
Properties of air.
Air and water cycles and global weather patterns.

3. Plants – Animals – Habitats
Characteristics of living things
Living and non-living factors in habitats
Identification of plants and animals in local habitats e.g. using keys Adaptation
Human effects on habitats

4. The world of small things – The world of large things
Light and shadows
Optics, magnifying glasses and microscopes
Observation, drawing and labelling
Cells as the building block of life

5. The body – health – development
Nutrition and digestion
Body Systems: Skeleton & muscles
Circulation & respiration
Puberty and sex education
Drugs and addiction

6. Mechanics
Gravity, weight and mass
Forces, measurement
Construction, drafting