Science

Science is taught through our learning challenge curriculum, enabling pupils to make links between science, other areas of learning and the wider world. Where this is not possible, science is taught as a standalone subject. From year one, science is taught in regular science lessons. In Key Stage Two it is taught in weekly science lessons and science days where children can spend extended periods of time investigating scientific ideas and concepts in a more focused way.​

Year Group Learning

Nursery & Reception

In Nursery and Reception, we will learn about:

  • Growing, Life Cycles, Forces, Observation of change and patterns, The Environment, Asking questions, Making observations, Materials, Properties.

Year 1

These are the prime learning challenges for year 1 Science.

Why isn’t everyone afraid of the dark?

This learning challenge covers the topic “light and dark” they will learn about:

  • Sources of light including the Sun,
  • Features of day and night including temperature,
  • Electricity as a source of light,
  • Shadows.

Which birds and plants would Hansel and Gretel find in our school grounds?

This learning challenge covers the topics “animals, including humans” and “plants” they will learn about:

  • Identification and labelling, including trees,
  • Structure of plants, including roots, stem, flower etc.

Which materials should the three little pigs have used to build their house?

This learning challenge covers the topic “materials” they will learn about:

  • Use of different everyday materials,
  • Classifying and grouping,
  • Changing materials by bending, etc.

Why are humans not like tigers?

This learning challenge covers the topic “animals, including humans” they will learn about:

  • Identification and labelling a variety of common birds and animals,
  • Know carnivores and herbivores,
  • How animals are suited to their environment,
  • Name parts of the human body.

Year 2

These are the prime learning challenges for year 2 Science.

Why wouldn’t a dinosaur make a good pet?

This learning challenge covers the topic “Animals including humans” they will learn about:

  • Habitats,
  • Early food chains (meat eaters, plant eaters),

Where did all that racket come from?

This learning challenge covers the topic “sound” they will learn about:

  • Sound – loud & quiet

How can we grow our own salad?

This learning challenge covers the topic “plants” they will learn about:

  • Living and non-living things,
  • What plants need to grow,
  • Growing from seeds and bulbs,
  • Growing cress to eat.

Can we build our school out of ice?

This learning challenge covers the topic “materials” they will learn about:

  • Use of everyday materials,
  • Classifying and grouping,
  • Changing materials by bending.

How will 5 a day keep me healthy?

This learning challenge covers the topic “Animals including humans” they will learn about:

  • Exercise and healthy living,
  • What animals and humans need to survive.

Year 3

These are the prime learning challenges for year 3 Science.

What attracts and repels?

This learning challenge covers the topic “forces and magnets” they will learn about:

  • How magnets attract some materials,
  • Floating and sinking.

How can Usain Bolt move so quickly?

This learning challenge covers the topic “all living things, including humans” they will learn about:

  • Nutrition,
  • How nutrients are transported within animals,
  • Skeletons and muscles.

How far can you throw your shadow?

This learning challenge covers the topic “light” they will learn about:

  • Sources, including the sun and electricity,
  • Shadows,
  • Reflection.

How did that blossom become an apple?

This learning challenge covers the topic “plants” they will learn about:

  • Function of different parts of plants,
  • What different plants need to flourish,
  • Journey of the food in a plant,
  • Life cycle of a plant.

What do rocks tell us about the way the Earth was formed?

This learning challenge covers the topic “rocks and soil” they will learn about:

  • How rocks are formed.

Year 4

These are the prime learning challenges for year 4 Science.

How would we survive without water?

This learning challenge covers the topic “states of matter” they will learn about:

  • Solids, liquids and gases,
  • Heating and cooling,
  • Evaporation and condensation.

Why is the sound that ‘One Direction’ makes enjoyed by so many?

This learning challenge covers the topic “sound” they will learn about:

  • Sources,
  • Vibration,
  • Loud and faint,
  • Pitch,
  • Volume.

How could we cope without electricity for one day?

This learning challenge covers the topic “electricity” they will learn about:

  • Alternative sources of energy.

What happens to the food we eat?

This learning challenge covers the topic “animals, including humans” they will learn about:

  • Digestive system,
  • Teeth.

Who else in my family looks like me?

This learning challenge covers the topic “Evolution & inheritance” they will learn about:

  • How animals and humans have changed over millions of years,
  • Fossils,
  • How animals and humans adapt.

Year 5

These are the prime learning challenges for year 5 Science.

Do all animals and plants start as an egg?

This learning challenge covers the topic “All living things” they will learn about:

  • Life cycles of plants and animals,
  • Birth, growth, development and reproduction.

How different will you be when you are as old as your grandparents?

This learning challenge covers the topic “animals, including humans” they will learn about:

  • Changes as humans develop from birth to old age.

Could you be the next CSI investigator?

This learning challenge covers the topic “properties and changes of materials” they will learn about:

  • Dissolving,
  • Evaporating,
  • Filtering,
  • Reversible and irreversible changes.

Will we ever send another human to the moon?

This learning challenge covers the topic “Earth and space and magnetism” they will learn about:

  • The Earth relative to the Sun,
  • The Moon relative to the Earth,
  • Relationship between the Sun, Earth and Moon,
  • Earth’s rotation,
  • Day and night.

Can you feel the force?

This learning challenge covers the topic “forces” they will learn about:

  • Gravity,
  • Air resistance,
  • Water resistance,
  • Friction
  • Gears, pulleys, leavers and springs.

Year 6

These are the prime learning challenges for year 6 Science.

Could Spiderman really exist?

This learning challenge covers the topic “All living things” they will learn about:

  • classification of living things,
  • Vertebrates and Invertebrates,
  • Classifying reptiles, Amphibians, Mammals and Insects.

What would a journey through our bodies look like?

This learning challenge covers the topic “animals, including humans” they will learn about:

  • Circulatory system,
  • Heart and blood vessels,
  • Diet, exercise and drugs,
  • Transport of nutrients through the body.

Have we always looked like this?

This learning challenge covers the topic “evolution and inheritance” they will learn about:

  • Fossils and what they tell us about the past,
  • Offspring,
  • Changes to the human skeleton over time,
  • Charles Darwin.

How can we light up our life?

This learning challenge covers the topic “light” they will learn about:

  • How light travels,
  • The eye,
  • Shadows.

Could you be Nintendo’s next apprentice?

This learning challenge covers the topic “electricity” they will learn about:

  • Electrical circuits in series,
  • Design a traffic light.