‘To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination’ (Albert Einstein)
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. The scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupil’s knowledge and understanding of our world, whilst developing skills associated with science as a process of enquiry. Pupils learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives and the directions of society using a breadth of scientific vocabulary. It is our intention that, through investigative science, pupil’s will continue to deepen their respect for the natural world and all its phenomena and increase their care and appreciation of it. We nurture children’s natural curiosity, develop their understanding of the world and teach them essential enquiry skills. We inspire our scientists of the future as they build their understanding of the value and place science has in their lives.
Breadth of Study:
Working scientifically - Across all year groups scientific knowledge and skills should be learned by working scientifically
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
• Identify, classify and describe their basic structure.
• Observe and describe growth and conditions for growth.
• Look at the suitability of environments and at food chains.
Animals and humans
• Identify, classify and observe.
• Look at growth, basic needs, exercise, food and hygiene.
All living things*
• Investigate differences.
• Look at the function of parts of flowering plants, requirements of growth, water transportation in plants, life cycles and seed dispersal.
Evolution and inheritance
• Look at resemblance in offspring.
• Look at changes in animals over time.
• Look at adaptation to environments.
• Look at differences in offspring.
• Look at adaptation and evolution.
• Look at changes to the human skeleton over time.
Animals and humans
• Look at nutrition, transportation of water and nutrients in the body, and the muscle and skeleton system of humans and animals.
• Look at the digestive system in humans.
• Look at teeth.
• Look at the human circulatory system.
All living things
• Identify and name plants and animals
• Look at classification keys.
• Look at the life cycle of animals and plants.
• Look at classification of plants, animals and micro-organisms.
• Look at reproduction in plants and animals, and human growth and changes.
• Look at the effect of diet, exercise and drugs.
• Identify, name, describe, classify, compare properties and
• Look at the practical uses of everyday materials.
Rocks and fossils
• Compare and group rocks and describe the formation of fossils.
States of matter
• Look at solids, liquids and gases, changes of state, evaporation, condensation and the water cycle.
• Examine the properties of materials using various tests.
• Look at solubility and recovering dissolved substances.
• Separate mixtures.
• Examine changes to materials that create new materials that are usually not reversible.
Forces • Describe basic movements.
Earth and space • Observe seasonal changes.
• Look at sources, seeing, reflections and shadows.
• Explain how light appears to travel in straight lines and how this affects seeing and shadows.
• Look at sources, vibration, volume and pitch.
• Look at appliances, circuits, lamps, switches, insulators and conductors.
• Look at circuits, the effect of the voltage in cells and the resistance and conductivity of materials.
Forces and magnets
• Look at contact and distant forces, attraction and repulsion, comparing and grouping materials.
• Look at poles, attraction and repulsion.
• Look at the effect of gravity and drag forces.
• Look at transference of forces in gears, pulleys, levers and springs.
Earth and space
• Look at the movement of the Earth and the Moon