Science Year 3

Year 3 Expectations:

Working Scientifically

  • •                  Use different ideas and suggest how to find something out
  • •                  Plan a fair test and explain why it was fair
  • •                  Set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
  • •                  Explain why they need to collect information to answer a question
  • •                  Make systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, take accurate measurements using standard units
  • •                  Record their observations in different ways, for example,  labelled diagrams, charts etc.
  • •                  Explain what they have found out and use their measurements to say whether it helps to answer their question
  • •                  Use a range of equipment, (including a thermometer and data-logger

Life and Living Processes – Biology

  • Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering  plants, for example, roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers
  • Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant
  • Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants
  • Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering Plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.
  • Identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition,
  • Understand that that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat
  • Identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement

Physical Processes – Physics

  • Recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light
  • Notice that light is reflected from surfaces
  • Recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes
  • Recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object
  • Find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.
  • Compare how things move on different surfaces
  • Notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance
  • Observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others
  • Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials
  • Describe magnets as having two poles
  • Predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.

Materials – Chemistry

  • Compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties
  • Describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock
  • Recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.

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