Year 1 Autumn 1: Animals Including Humans - Ourselves

Learn fascinating things about your bodies and senses in this varied and creative block. Observe changes over time and think about the question how do we change as we get older? Collect data, look for patterns and carry out investigations.

Hamilton’s science scheme provides children with a broad but comprehensive experience of primary science that systematically covers all of the National Curriculum for England objectives. Each year group is split into 6 blocks of 6 sessions, each of which can be completed within a half-term. We present them in a recommended teaching order, but you may adapt this to fit your requirements. Working scientifically, investigations and meaningful outcomes are fully incorporated in each block.

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Supporting documents for science
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01: Look at how we've changed!

Look at photographs of everyone as babies. We all look very different! Consider the questions: How do we change as we get older? Do we only get older on our birthdays? Observe changes over time by comparing baby photos with current ones.

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02: Look at our bodies!

Look carefully at our bodies and collect data about head size, hand and foot size, hair and eye colour. Consider the question: If someone has big feet, do they also need larger gloves? Look for patterns in the measurements collected.

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03: What can we hear?

Listen for sounds all around us - what can we hear with our ears? Can we hear the playtime bell? Consider simple factors affecting how well we hear the whistle and explore what happens when we change just one thing at a time.

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04: How can we sort things using senses?

Explore different foods using different senses and classify into groups. Set out a Senses Market Stall in the classroom and then eat the produce! Discover that our tongues are used for sensing taste differences.

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05: Sense explorers

Place different items (noisy, textured, smelly) in a feely bag and talk about how we know what those items are. What senses are we using? List the five senses together and go outside to explore the environment.

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06: Sensory boards and bottles

Discuss what we know about all five senses. Accept a challenge to make a sensory board and bottles for a local community group. Gather together safe but stimulating things to engage the different senses. Classify these together into the five sensory groups.