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Studying Science provides children with the foundations for understanding the world around us. Science encourages us to ask questions, find answers and make close observations about how and why things work as they do. While we develop these rational explanations we also aim to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Children enjoy finding out how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.

Yearly Overview

Y1Everyday materials. Seasonal Change.Living things: Animals inc. humans. Seasonal Change.Living things: Plants. Seasonal Change.
Y2 Plants. Uses of materials. Materials: Investigating uses of materials. Animals: Including humans.Living things and their habitats
Y3 Light and dark. Forces and magnets.Animals: Including humans. Investigations.Rocks and soil. Plants.
Y4Living things and their habitats. Teeth and digestion.Electricity. Sound. Investigations. States of matter.
Y5Properties and changes in materials.Living things and their habitats. Animals: Including .Space. Forces.
Y6Light. Electricity.Evolution and inheritanceAnimals: Including humans. Living things: and their habitats

Science at Queen Edith is very “hands on” and children are encouraged to “Work Scientifically” during each and every topic. As such they develop a variety of important skills including the ability to plan, observe and evaluate. They become accustomed to using a variety of tools and equipment and over time become adept at presenting and explaining their findings. Investigating is at the heart of Science and Queen Edith children know we value their thinking.

For more information please click on the link to view our Science Policy on our Policies page.


In addition to practical tasks and investigations, children across the school also record their Science learning in a variety of ways:

Year 1

In Year 1, we have been exploring our different senses. The children used their sense of touch to guess what was hidden in the box.

Year 2

Year 2 have been learning about the different parts of a plant and which parts can be eaten. They have been finding out about where new plants come from and they have also enjoyed dissecting fruits and comparing the seeds.

Year 3

As part of their Light and Dark science topic, Year 3 investigated which materials would make good shadow puppets. Having decided that black card was the best, they made their own puppet of a character from a Greek myth.

Year 4

Believe it or not – this is our representation of the water cycle! The sun is clearly beating down on the sea and causing evaporation. This water vapour is gathering in the clouds, cooling and condensing back into water droplets. We also have a grey rain cloud and precipitation follows. The water collects again and so the cycle continues. Try asking your children what evaporation, condensation and precipitation are exactly. I hope they can answer you!

Year 5

Year 6