Learning Challenge Curriculum

Science

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Introduction

The materials available in this section will help leaders and teachers plan for an exciting and meaningful curriculum utilising the Learning Challenge ™ approach. The scheme of work has been developed to ensure that you will have full coverage of the National Curriculum. It follows the programmes of study for each year group. The materials are not intended to be used as a rigid scheme of work but rather as the basis for sparking ideas which will work in your school with your children. Many schools and academies have used these with staff as a starting point and then developed their own interpretations and ideas to meet the needs of their context.

  • In the first instance, there is an overview of each year group.
  • Each year group identifies the key and sticky knowledge pupils need to have placed into their long-term memory.
  • In addition, the overview provides the over-arching enquiry focus for each unit of work.
  • Where applicable, a quality text is mentioned. This could be used to bring the English and science learning closer together and create greater coherence and links across the subjects.
  • In most instances, a full scheme of work has been created for each unit.

"The Learning Challenge Curriculum struck us immediately as the right way to progress! The curriculum uses pre-learning tasks, to ensure that children are directly involved in the planning process – which in its turn allows teachers to gauge exactly where the learning need lies."

SELECT YOUR YEAR GROUP TO VIEW EACH OVERVIEW OF PLANNING:

Download the unit overview to learn more about each scheme of work

Year 1

National Curriculum Content

  • Materials: Properties of and grouping of everyday materials

Key Knowledge

  • Know the name of the materials an object is made from
  • Know about the properties of everyday materials

Learning Challenge - Enquiry Focus

  • What does Beegu think of life on planet Earth?

Quality Text

  • Beegu by Alexis Deacon

National Curriculum Content

  • Animals, including humans

Key Knowledge

  • Know how to classify a range of animals by amphibian, reptile, mammal, fish and birds
  • Know and classify animals by what they eat (carnivore, herbivore and omnivore)
  • Know how to sort by living and non living things

Learning Challenge - Enquiry Focus

  • Why are humans not like tigers?

Quality Text

  • Bog baby by Jeanne Willis

National Curriculum Content

  • Plants - Know about structure of plants and name common plants

Key Knowledge

  • Know and name a variety of common wild and garden plants
  • Know and name the petals, stem, leaves and root of a plant
  • Know and name the roots, trunk, branches and leaves of a tree

Learning Challenge - Enquiry Focus

  • Which plants would Jack find in our Park* (name your local park)?

Quality Text

  • Jack and the Baked bean stalk by Colin Stimpson
Unit Long Term Plan

*We don't currently have a scheme of work available

National Curriculum Content

  • Season Change The four seasons Seasonal weather

Key Knowledge

  • Name the seasons and know about the type of weather in each season

Learning Challenge - Enquiry Focus

  • Why is it always cold in winter?

Quality Text

  • The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett

*We don't currently have a scheme of work available

Learning Challenge - Enquiry Focus

  • Why are there so many leaves on the floor?

Quality Text

  • The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Knowledge Mats

Each unit within the Learning Challenge has a knowledge mat which identifies the specific subject vocabulary that pupils need to use, the ‘sticky knowledge’ pupils need to acquire and recommended texts for reading.

View our case studies

See examples of how schools or academies have introduced the Learning Challenge Curriculum into their context.