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We believe that science should be spoken in the same sentence as English and maths such is its importance in the modern world.

We believe that science is not just about learning facts and figures about the world around us or our bodies, but about developing a sense of wonder and awe about the world we live in and those who we share this planet with. We believe that by developing a scientific understanding of the world it will develop an appreciation in our children of how amazing it is and will help them to develop a respect for the world which will ensure that it is place where we will all want our children and grand children to enjoy living in. Teacher’s place an emphasis on developing the children’s enquiry skills referred to in the National Curriculum as ‘working scientifically’ in all lessons.

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)


  • 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

Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)


  • 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

Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6)


  • 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
  • Recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, and bar and line graphs
  • Using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  • Using simple models to describe scientific ideas
  • Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations
  • Identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support


  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Biology Plants Plants Plants   Plants*  
      Animals, Including Humans Animals, Including Humans Animals, Including Humans Animals, Including Humans Animals, Including Humans Animals, Including Humans
    All Living Things and their Habitats   All Living Things All Living Things All Living Things
            Evolution and Inheritance
Chemistry Uses of Everyday Materials Uses of Everyday Materials Rocks States of Matter Properties and Changes of Materials  
Physics Light   Light     Light
    Sound   Sound   Sound*
  Forces*   Forces and Magnets   Forces  
    Electricity*   Electricity   Electricity
  Seasonal Changes   Earth and Space*   Earth and Space

* Not statutory