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The Curriculum

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world.  Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.


The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

Working Scientifically:

Year 1 and Year 2 Expectations

  • asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways
  • observing closely, using simple equipment
  • performing simple tests
  • identifying and classifying
  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • gathering and recording data to help in answering questions

Year 3 and Year 4 Expectations

  • asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
  • making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers
  • gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions
  • recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables
  • reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions
  • using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
  • identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
  • using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.

Year 5 and Year 6 Expectations

  • planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
  • taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate
  • recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs
  • using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  • reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and a degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations
  • identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments

Programmes of Study

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6




Living things and their habitats

Living things and their habitats

Living things and their habitats

Animals, including humans

Animals, including humans

Animals, including humans

Animals, including humans

Animals, including humans

Animals, including humans

Everyday materials

Living things and their habitats


State of Matter

Properties and changes of materials

Evolution and Inheritance

Seasonal Changes

Uses of everyday materials

Forces and Magnets


Earth and Space








Science Policy

The Science Curriculum

Examples of Science and Activities

Year 1 Fruit Tasting

Year 1 Fruit Tasting 1
Year 1 Fruit Tasting 2

Yr1 Eureka Science Museum

Yr1 Eureka Science Museum 1
Yr1 Eureka Science Museum 2

2CH Heath Week

2CH Heath Week 1

Yr3 Seed gathering in the park

Yr3 Seed gathering in the park 1
Yr3 Seed gathering in the park 2

3H - Visit to the Dentist

3H - Visit to the Dentist 1
3H - Visit to the Dentist 2

4S D-Side

4S D-Side 1
4S D-Side 2

Science Displays

Science Displays 1
Science Displays 2
Science Displays 3
Science Displays 4