In Science we aim to stimulate and excite pupils’ curiosity about changes and events in the world, and to enable them to satisfy this curiosity with understanding. We link pupils’ understanding with scientific thought and thus allow them to develop a greater understanding of the world in which we live and their responsibility to ensure its sustainability. We believe that pupils should be engaged as learners at many levels through linking ideas with practical experience, which develops the skills of enquiry, observation, research, experimentation, use of apparatus, measuring and checking results, making comparisons and communicating results and findings.

Children cover a range of topics from Reception up to Year 6. These include Circuits and Conductors, Solids and Liquids, Teeth and Eating and Materials. Science teaching mostly takes place in the classroom, but the school grounds are used when appropriate and in particular the wildlife garden.

Visits and visitors are an essential part of our Science curriculum as they enable children to learn from experts. These opportunities have included a links with the Ogden Trust, the National Physical Laboratory, BP Education Service, Kew Gardens, The Lookout Discovery Centre, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.

Topics Covered in each Year:

Year 1

  • Plants (identify wild and garden plants, structure of flowering plants)
  • Animals including humans (identify common animals, classify carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, structure of animals, parts of human body)
  • Seasonal changes (changes in seasons, weather and day length)
  • Everyday materials (name materials, physical properties, group materials by property)

Year 2

  • Plants (growing seeds and bulbs, plants need water, light, suitable temperature)
  • Animals including humans (offspring that grow into adults, basic needs, exercise, diet and hygiene)
  • Living things and their habitats (dead and living, habitats, identify plants and animals, food chains)
  • Uses of everyday materials (suitable for its use, changing shapes squashing, bending, twisting & stretching)

Year 3

  • Plants (function of parts of flowering plant, requirements for growth)
  • Animals including humans (balanced diet, skeleton and muscles)
  • Rocks (group rocks by appearance and properties, how are fossils formed, soils)
  • Forces and magnets (different surfaces, magnetic forces and materials, poles, predict attraction and repulsion)
  • Light (light is needed to see, light is reflected off surfaces, sunlight can be dangerous, changing shadows)

Year 4

  • Animals including humans (parts of digestive system, teeth and function, food chains)
  • Living things and their habitats (can be grouped in different ways, use keys to identify local and wider environment, environments can change)
  • States of matter (group solids liquids and gases, heating and cooling, evaporation, condensation and water cycle)
  • Electricity (appliances, series circuits, predict if lamp lights, switches, insulators and conductors)
  • Sound (sound is vibrations, travels through medium, pitch, volume, decreased volume over longer distances)

Year 5

  • Animals including humans (Changes as humans develop to old age)
  • Living things and their habitats (compare life cycles of mammal, amphibian, insect and bird, plant reproduction)
  • Earth and Space (Movement of planets round sun and moon round earth, day and night)
  • Properties and changes of materials (group materials by characteristics, dissolving, separating, reversible and irreversible changes)
  • Forces (Gravity, Air resistance, water resistance, leavers and pulleys)

Year 6

  • Animals including humans (Circulatory system, impact of diet and exercise, transport of nutrients and water)
  • Living things and their habitats (Classification including microorganisms, plants and animals, by characteristics)
  • Evolution and inheritance (Fossils and evolution, variation in offspring, adaptation)
  • Electricity (relate voltage to brightness of lamp or loudness of buzzer, switches, circuit diagram)
  • Light (light travels in straight lines, reflection, shadows)

Useful links for parents:

Key Stage 1:

Key Stage 2:

BP Educational Service:

National Physic Laboratory (Just down the road from our school)

Science Museum (London):

Natural History Museum (London):

Kew Gardens:

Lookout Discovery Centre (Bracknell):