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Science is a very important feature of our curriculum and is taught weekly across the school. Our science curriculum works closely alongside our knowledge rich projects to help inspire and encourage our children's love for the subject. Our science topics are built upon in each year group as the children progress through the school, enabling key skills and scientific terminology to continue to be at the heart of our science curriculum.




Our science lessons are knowledge based - both with scientific knowledge and practical knowledge.  It is vital that the pupils have sufficient knowledge prior to carrying out an investigation.  We also like to enhance our science work by inviting in scientists to further our knowledge.  We have welcomed physicists from Rutherfords, and shows from Atomic Science and Bright Sparks.  Science is taught at least weekly, with some topic areas being science focused each year providing further opportunity to develop scientific skills and knowledge. 


Year groupAutumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2

Exploring Autumn






Introduction to every day materials and their properties.




Exploring shadows

Animal survival

Seasonal change


Carnivores and herbivores


Plant survival


Plant parts 


Features of Insects



Features of animals.


Floating and sinking

Freezing and melting.



Sorting materials





Simple circuits







Properties of materials





Plant survival

Matching animals to their babies

Life cycles


Animal survival






Seasonal changes






Year 1

Every day materials

Properties and uses






Human Senses

Body parts








Seasonal Changes

typical seasonal weather

Day and night


Seasonal Changes








Plant parts









Animal parts

Sorting: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and invertebrates.

Caring for animals


Year 2

Human Survival

Basic needs of humans.

Changes over time


What does a habitat need to provide?



Animal survival





Uses of materials





Plant survival






Year 3Animal nutrition and the skeletal systemForces and magnetsPlant nutrition and reproductionLight and Shadows
Year 4Digestive SystemSoundStates of matterGrouping and classifyingElectrical circuits and components
Year 5Forces and mechanismsEarth and spaceHuman reproductionProperties and changes of materials
Year 6Circulatory systemElectrical circuits and componentsLight theoryEvolution and inheritance



As a result of our high quality science lessons, we have seen that our children's ability to obtain key scientific skills and knowledge has increased due to the children's learning been built upon each year as they progress through the school. Our children have great passion for science and have a good understanding of the topic and the important role that it plays in their education. Children are able to independently perform science experiments and understand and apply key terminology within their science lessons which gives them a solid foundation base of knowledge.


Updated February 23

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