St Josephs Catholic Primary School


Studying science enables children to understand the world that they live in. Science has changed our lives and is crucial to future developments. All children should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all children:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop 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

The programmes of study for science are set out year by year for key stages 1 and 2. Certain topics are covered in more than one year with the vision that previous knowledge will be extended upon and developed to gain a deeper understanding.

Through practical experimentation, children will experience a ‘hands on’ approach to science in order to highlight to the children the importance of science in real life. A key focus is ‘working scientifically’ which enables children to develop skills such as: observing, recording results, analysing results and using this information to spot patterns and make conclusions. In addition, they will learn about fair testing and how to make predictions based on previous knowledge or findings, all of which are key features of scientific enquiry.

Children will also develop their language by learning terminology specific to topics and will be encouraged to use scientific vocabulary when explaining ideas. They will also be required to use mathematical knowledge when collecting, presenting and analysing data. In addition to this, famous scientists will be studied in order to demonstrate to children that anyone can make discoveries and inspire them to ask questions about how and why things happen in the world. By presenting science in a practical and stimulating way, children will develop a sense of curiosity and excitement about natural phenomena and processes.



Terms à

Year group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring  1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Learning About the World – Autumn

Learning About the World – Autumn

Learning About the World – Child initiated

Learning About the World – Child initiated

Learning About the World – Child initiated

Learning About the World – Child initiated

Year 1

Who am I? Human Body.

Materials-Opaque, transparent, rough, shiny, wood, metal

Polar Region-Animals & Plants

Treasure Island –Basic needs-floating, sinking,
classifying animals

On Safari-invertebrate-food chains

Holiday – Food, animals-seashore safety

Year 2

Living things & their habitats

Healthy me

Uses of everyday materials


Plants investigation


Year 3

Rocks & Soils

(Trip to Natural History Museum)


Animals including humans


Forces and Magnets

Astronauts (Trip to science museum)

Year 4

States of matter



Animals, including humans

Living things & their habitats

Working Scientifcally

Year 5

Plants & Life cycles


Out of this world

Material World

Growing up and growing old

Being Scientists and forensic science

Year 6

Living things & their habitats: Classification,
including micro-organisms (B)

Electricity: investigating circuits (P)

Animals: including humans. Health & Lifestyles,
including circulatory system(B)

Forces, including gravity(P)

Evolution & Inheritance: Evolution & Adaptation(B)

Light: Light & Shadows: the eye(P)