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Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.
-Edwin Powell Hubble

Science provides the foundations for understanding the world.

Children should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. They should be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They should be helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions including observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information.

The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions.
-Claude Levi-Strauss

Children in Year 1 and 2 should learn to:

  • ask simple questions and recognise that they cans be answered in different ways

  • observe closely using simple equipment

  • perform simple tests

  • identify and classify

  • use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions

  • gather and record data to help in answering questions

  • record and communicate their findings in a range of ways and begin to use scientific language

Science in our school

Quotes from children:

"Did you know we have 206 bones in our bodies?"

"Starfish have 2 tummies"

"I found out that frogs legs grow at different times, not all at the same time."

"I want to find how leaves grow because we can't see it happen."

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
-William Lawrence Bragg

Long Term Environmental Study

Children will use the local environment throughout the year to explore and answer questions about animals and plants growing in their habitats.

Timetable for Science




Aut 1

Aut 2

Spr 1

Spr 2

Sum 1

Sum 2


All about me

Room on a broom

Once upon a time

How does your garden grow

Playgrounds and toys







Our bodies





















Push and Pull






Key Stage 1


Year 1

Aut 1

Aut 2

Spr 1

Spr 2

Sum  1

Sum  2

Long term study

How do trees and the plants and animals living around them vary throughout the year

Many Years Ago

Happily Ever After

Who Am I

Stuff of legends

From a Tiny Seed

Oh I do Like to be Beside the Seaside


  • Key ideas
  • Formulate enquiries and investigations
  • Work scientifically

Seasons and Weather


Senses and Health

(Classifying Animals)


Animal Classification


(Intro to Forces linked to DT)

Life Processes




(Sea Life)




Year 2

Aut 1

Aut 2

Spr 1

Spr 2

Sum  1

Sum  2


Fire Fire

One Giant Leap

Katie Morag

Down in the jungle

Sailing Boat in the Sky

Life on the Ocean Wave


  • Key ideas
  • Formulate enquiries and investigations
  • Work scientifically


Materials – changing materials








Animals – minibeasts, habitats






Food – healthy eating


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