Year 3 Expectations:
- • 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.