Science, PSHE & Music Coordinator
Key Stage 2 Lead

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Mrs Jane Atkin
YEAR 3 TEACHER
Science, PSHE and Music Coordinator, Key Stage 2 Lead

email: info@westhill.wandsworth.sch.uk

Teacher profile

Hello, I’m Jane Atkin and I’m the KS2 lead, as well as the coordinator for Science, Music and PSHE.

I have taught at West Hill for almost 30 years, it’s my second home!

When I’m not at school I like to relax by visiting art galleries and going to the theatre. I also read a lot and am in a book club. I collect 50ps. I love going to hear live music.

Science

Image of two Year 5 pupils are sitting at their table making electrical circuits.
Science at work
At West Hill we provide investigations that build upon children’s scientific knowledge and develop their understanding of how science shapes and influences life. Scientific activities foster curiosity and encourage children to ask questions. We promote the development of skills, giving all children the opportunity to tackle everyday problems with confidence. Our science lessons are practical and ‘hands on’ and we aim to make science an enjoyable part of the curriculum.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Science at Foundation Stage is introduced by taking part in activities that encourage children to explore, problem solve, observe, predict, think, make decisions and talk about the world around them. It’s called ‘knowledge and understanding of the world’.

This early stage of science learning also helps children with skills in other Foundation Stage areas of the national curriculum, such as physical development and creative development.

* Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Children explore creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments. They observe and manipulate objects and materials to identify differences and similarities. For example, they may look at an egg whisk, sand, paper and water to learn about things that are natural and manmade and their different functions. Children also learn to use their senses, feeling dough or listening to sounds in the environment, such as sirens or farm animals.
Your child will be encouraged to ask questions about why things happen and how things work. They might do activities such as increasing the incline of a slope to observe how fast a vehicle travels, or opening a mechanical toy to see how it works. Your child will also be asked questions about what they think will happen to help them communicate, plan, investigate, record and evaluate findings.

* Physical Development

Awareness of space may be taught by encouraging children to make big and small movements to music and to think about how much space they need. They will also learn to recognise changes that happen to the body when they are active.
Children will also learn about the importance of keeping healthy and the things that contribute to this by, for example, cooking or identifying fruit and vegetables.

* Creative Development

Children explore and respond to a variety of sensory experiences through music and art. Children might collect materials, such as rough sandpaper, soft fabric and shiny bottle tops to build a sensory wall. They explore colour, texture, shape, form and space by mixing colours, painting, modelling and dancing.
They also learn about sounds – how they can be changed and how to imitate sounds they hear.

Key Stage 1 (KS1)

In Key Stage 1 your child will learn to use the following methods, processes and skills:

  • asking simple questions (for example, ‘What would happen if I didn’t give a plant water?’)
  • observing closely, using simple equipment such as a magnifying glass
  • identifying and classifying
  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • gathering and recording data to help in answering questions

Key Stage 2 (KS2)

In Key Stage 2 your child will learn to use the following methods, processes and skills:

* Query

In Year 3 and 4, children will be encouraged to ask questions about scientific concepts and then carry out experiments to find out the answers. In doing this they will:

  • learn what a ‘fair test’ is.
  • take measurements from a range of equipment.
  • gather and record data.
  • report their findings orally and in writing.
* Expand

In Year 5 and 6, children will continue to practise the above skills, but with more depth and precision. When carrying out experiments they will:

  • understand what variables are and how to control them.
  • take measurements from a range of equipment, understanding the need for repeated measures to increase accuracy.
  • gather and record data using labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs.
  • use test results to make further predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests.
  • make conclusions on the test carried out, orally and in writing.

Science Overview

 Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1Animals including humansSeasonal changes - plants and mini topicEveryday materialsSeasonal changes - plants and mini topicPlantsSeasonal changes
Year 2Animals including humansPlants mini topic - growingUse of everyday materialsPlants mini topic - growingLiving things and their habitatsPlants mini topic - growing
Year 3Rocks - fossilsLight - shadowsForces and magnetsSkeletonsPlants - pollination and life cycle
Year 4ElectricitySoundTeeth and digestive systemStates of matterLiving things and their habitatsLiving things and their habitats
Year 5Earth and SpaceProperties and changes of materialsForcesLife cyclesPuberty
Year 6LightElectricityClassificationMicro-organismsThe circulatory systemEvolution and inheritance

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

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PSHE in motion
PSHE helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage many of the important opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up, and in adulthood. A growing body of research shows that pupils who are emotionally healthy do better at school. PSHE education helps children and young people to achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling issues that can affect their ability to learn, such as anxiety and unhealthy relationships. PSHE education also helps pupils to develop skills and aptitudes - like teamwork, communication, and resilience - that are crucial to navigating the challenges and opportunities of the modern world, and are increasingly valued by employers.

PSHE prepares children physically, emotionally, socially, mentally and intellectually for the future.

This involves:- friendships, relationships, money, family, health, school and how to cope with stresses and anxieties.

Learning opportunities take place in specific lessons as well as in assemblies, circle time, special school projects and other activities that enrich pupils' experiences.

The programme of study includes three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. These three themes run throughout the scheme of work for each class.

Image of twp Year 5 girls playing with hula hoops in the playground.
PSHE in motion
PSHE helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage many of the important opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up, and in adulthood. A growing body of research shows that pupils who are emotionally healthy do better at school. PSHE education helps children and young people to achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling issues that can affect their ability to learn, such as anxiety and unhealthy relationships. PSHE education also helps pupils to develop skills and aptitudes - like teamwork, communication, and resilience - that are crucial to navigating the challenges and opportunities of the modern world, and are increasingly valued by employers.

PSHE prepares children physically, emotionally, socially, mentally and intellectually for the future.

This involves:- friendships, relationships, money, family, health, school and how to cope with stresses and anxieties.

Learning opportunities take place in specific lessons as well as in assemblies, circle time, special school projects and other activities that enrich pupils' experiences.

The programme of study includes three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. These three themes run throughout the scheme of work for each class.

Music

Image of three pupils are standing up playing the trumpet.
Three pupils are standing up playing the trumpet.
Music at West Hill is engaging and inspiring. Children perform to a high standard using their voices and playing instruments. We are a member of Music Mark for 2019/20 because we ensure that pupils are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education.

Assemblies, drama performances and concerts provide the children opportunities to demonstrate their musical skills in school and at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall. West Hill works with the support of Wandsworth Music Services across the school. Year 1 and Year 5 participate in the Singing Project, Year 3 and Year 4 participate in instrumental lessons, learning the recorder and trumpet, with termly performances to their families. Rock Steady Music School visit the school weekly to offer extra-curricular rock music lessons providing children the experience of playing music in a band.