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Our science studies aim to help everyone gain a greater understanding and knowledge about our world and the way that scientific processes have shaped the development of living things and the physical environment. We also challenge our children to improve their ability to investigate, question and challenge their own scientific understanding.

We have separated our study into three strands covering Life Processes and Living ThingsMaterials and their Properties and Physical Processes. These are all studied each year with the children being challenged at an ever increasing level as they are introduced to age appropriately higher level Science units. Click to see our Science Framework of Teaching Units.

Life Processes and Living Things

This strand of Science is in effect primary biology study and teaches about how living things function. Our children investigate plants and animals and their life processes, considering how they can be affected by the way that we live our lives.

We look at the characteristics of living things and their habitats, as well as exploring the theories of evolution and inheritance.

Materials and their Properties

Children are taught to develop their understanding of the criteria that can be used to group things together. They investigate the properties of these materials and learn that there are scientific rules and theorems that accurately describe the way that they behave.

Through this early chemistry study, we lay the foundations for more advanced experimentation and scientific thinking.

Physical Processes

The final strand of our teaching investigates the forces that make things move in our world. The children learn to measure and record accurately, interpreting their results to evaluate their hypotheses.

These units cover essential primary physics and teach many of the basic principles that have been discovered by scientists throughout the years. Our children are encouraged to ask questions and challenge what they are being told, eg : can we prove that?

Science Teaching Framework - Units of Work


Life Processes and Living Things

Materials and Their Properties

Physical Processes

Year 1

Ourselves; Growing Plants

Sorting and Using Materials

Light and Dark; Sounds and Hearing; Pushes and Pulls

Year 2

Health and Growth; Plants and Animals; The Local Environment

Grouping and Changing Materials

Forces and Movement; Using Electricity

Year 3

Teeth and Eating; Helping Plants Grow

Characteristics of Materials; Rocks and Soils

Magnets and Springs; Light and Shadows

Year 4

Moving and Growing; Habitats

Keeping Warm; Solids,Liquids and Separation

Friction; Circuits and Conductors

Year 5

Life Cycles; Keeping Healthy

Changing State; Earth, Sun and Moon; Gases around Us

Changing Sounds

Year 6

Interdependance and Adaptation; Micro-organisms

More about Dissolving; Reversible and Irreversible Changes

Forces in Motion; Light Circuits

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