Science is a core subject in the new National Curriculum and is Co-Ordinated by Mrs Julie Blaylock.

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Science Curriculum Overview


The new 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 an 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.


Topics covered in each year group are as follows:


Year 1Plants, Animals (including humans), Everyday materials, Seasonal changes
Year 2Living things and their habitats, Plants, Animals (including humans), Uses of everyday materials
Year 3Plants, Animals (including humans), Rocks, Light, Forces and magnets
Year 4Living things and their habitats, Animal (including humans), States of matter, Sound, Electricity
Year 5Living things and their habitats, Animals (including humans), Properties and changes of materials, Earth and space, Forces
Year 6Living things and their habitats, Animals (including humans), Evolution and inheritance, Light, Electricity

However, when two year groups are in a class together these areas will be covered on a two-year rota eg. Year 3 / 4 will study year 4s topics in year 1 and year 3s in year 2.

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