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Our Science Curriculum forms a very important part of the children's work, helping them to develop ways of understanding the natural and physical world. This role is increasingly important as the products of science and technology touch every aspect of life. Our science curriculum recognises the dual responsibilities to help children gain understanding in their present situation and to prepare them for the future.

We aim to provide a science curriculum to meet the needs of all pupils, developing their knowledge and understanding of science and their ability to think and act scientifically.

The science curriculum is organised into units of work which reflect the breadth of study set out in the National Curriculum for Science and is mapped out in a way that ensures continuity and progression in skills, knowledge and understanding. Each unit of work may be integrated into another curriculum area topic if appropriate or it may be a unit of work in its own right.



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 3

Animals Eating and Moving


Forces and Magnets


Rocks & Soils

Year 4

Living Things & their Habitats

Eating & Food Chains

Solids, Liquids & Gases



Year 5

Properties of Materials


Earth and Space

Life Cycles

Year 6

Classifying Living Things

Healthy Living, Healthy Hearts



Evolution & Inheritance


As science is a process, as well as a body of knowledge, emphasis is placed upon practical and investigative work, aimed at developing children's abilities to find out and organise information, to seek explanations, to apply knowledge and test their ideas. At the same time, the work seeks to develop concepts which help to link experiences together and introduce the children to the basic understanding of modern scientific knowledge. Children are given opportunities to develop their ability to plan fair tests, make predictions, record results using ICT, diagrams, graphs, tables and charts and to make generalisations about their learning. We also value the use of scientific vocabulary and model this with our children, encouraging them to use it to explain their scientific thinking


By the end of Year 6, we want children to:

  • Be able to ask questions and plan scientific investigations using fair tests.
  • Record data and results from experiments and investigations and evaluate its accuracy.
  • Use results of investigations and research to make predictions and answer scientific questions.
  • Report their scientific findings using a range of different forms.
  • Understand the life processes of plants and animals and their similarities and differences.
  • Understand the variety of living things and how they are classified.
  • Understand about their bodies, how they function and how to keep themselves healthy.
  • Understand the structure and function of plants and how they reproduce.
  • Understand how living things adapt to their environments.
  • Understand the different feeding relationships between living things, including micro-organisms.
  • Be able to group and classify materials according to their characteristics.
  • Understand how materials can be changed and that some changes are reversible and some are not.
  • Be able to separate and recover solids from a mixture of materials.
  • Understand how electricity works in simple circuits.
  • Understand how forces affect the world in which they live.
  • Understand the properties of light and sound.
  • Know about the Earth and the Solar System.