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'A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.' National Curriculum in England for Science 

Science enables us to explore the world around us.  We can begin to understand how our world came to be and imagine what it might become in the future.  In Science lessons children will be taught the skills of investigating, observing, recording data, making predictions and drawing conclusions based on the result of investigations.  They will plan and carry out practical experiments, evaluate the results and consider the reliability of the answers.

We follow the National Curriculum for England programme of study.Find out more


Senses walk including what is in feely bags.  Describing materials using non-scientific words.

External body parts- hand, eye, leg, foot etc. Comparing animals e.g. similarities and differences between dogs, cats, horses, ducks.

The life cycles of frogs and plants.

Year 1

Seasonal changes (ongoing throughout the year)

Autumn-The uses of everyday materials and simple physical properties.  Grouping materials according to use or properties.

Spring- Sources of sound and changing sounds.  How the ear works.

Spring/Summer- The importance of a balanced diet and hygiene.  Internal parts of the human body- lungs, heart, bladder etc and major bones.  The human life cycle from birth to death – what people can do and look like at different stages.

Summer Identify, describe and compare animals (minibeasts).

Year 2

Autumn-Light sources  (natural and man-made)

Summer 1-Changing materials made of solid objects- bending, twisting, squashing, stretching etc.

Summer 2-Plants in the local environment. Living things and habitats including life cycle of butterflies.  Comparing things that are living, dead and never alive. What all living things do and need.

Year 3

Autumn- Electricity

Forces and magnets

Spring- Rocks and fossils – the work of Mary Anning and Carl Linnaeus.

Spring- Food chains and nutrition.  The differences between teeth of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.  Evolution - that animals inherit physical characteristics from their parents and adapt to their environment over time.

Year 4

Autumn- States of matter – melting and freezing.

Spring- Earth and space – the work of Ptolemy and Copernicus.

Spring- Light (sources, direction of travel and shadows)

Summer- Living things and Plants (classifying using keys and comparing habitats)

Year 5

Autumn- Sound

Spring- Electricity and circuits.

Summer- Materials –properties and states of matter including evaporation and condensing.

Summer- Life cycles, the human circulatory system and digestive system.  Evolution- the work of Attenborough and Goodall.

Year 6

Autumn- Living things in their habitats.  Animals – classifying living things into broad groups.

Spring- Evolution – how variation and adaptation leads to evolution.  The changing human skeleton and separation from other primates– the work of Darwin.

Spring- Light (how we see objects, changing shadows, the workings of the eye)

Summer- Forces and flight- gravity, air resistance, drag, friction etc (linked to DT/ICT).

Reversible and irreversible changes.


Each year children will also study the work of a particular scientist and consider how his or her work shaped our understanding of our world and beyond.

Follow this link for some fun Science clips and games has some wonderful resources including games, facts, experiments to carry out at home and projetcs.  If you do any of them at home we'd love to hear about the results.



























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