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Science is a core subject of the National Curriculum.

It enables children to make sense of the world around them in a systematic way through observation, investigation and experimentation, recording and subsequent consideration of results.


Programmes of study:

Year One – Plants; Animals, including humans; Everyday materials; Seasonal changes

Year Two – Living things and their habitats; Plants; Animals, including humans; Uses of everyday materials


During Key Stage One children are expected to be:

§ 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.


Through the programmes of study our children in years 1 and 2 are taught how to work scientifically and are given opportunities to:

  • explore the world around them and raise their own questions.
  • experience different types of scientific enquiries, including practical activities, and begin to recognise ways in which they might answer scientific questions.
  • use simple features to compare objects, materials and living things and, with help, decide how to sort and group them, observe changes over time, and, with guidance, they will begin to notice patterns and relationships.
  • ask people questions and use simple secondary sources to find answers.
  • use simple measurements and equipment (for example, hand lenses, egg timers) to gather data, carry out simple tests, record simple data, and talk about what they have found out and how they found it out.
  • With help, record and communicate their findings in a range of ways and begin to use simple scientific language.