At Knighton Mead, we work hard to create a carefully-sequenced, engaging and exciting curriculum which fosters positive attitudes towards Science and develops children’s knowledge and skills. In order to equip children for their futures, we aim for learning in Science to be purposeful and relevant to everyday life. Children are given opportunities to carry out different types of scientific enquiry, learn how the world works and develop their use of scientific language.

The 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 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.

Science is taught discretely through a weekly lesson in each class, following the units specified in the national curriculum. There are five units taught in each year group. Further information about these can be found in our curriculum coverage and progression documents below.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), children begin to develop their scientific knowledge and skills through the ‘Understanding the World’ strand, with a strong focus on investigation, exploration and play.

Subject Policies/Plans

Science Policy 2021-2022 (MISSING FILE)
Whole School Overview 2021-2022 (MISSING FILE)
Science Skills Progression (MISSING FILE)
Science Knowledge Progression (MISSING FILE)

Subject Leader/s

Mrs Johnson

National Curriculum Objectives:

All pupils should be able to:

  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.
  • Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock.
  • Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials.
  • Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.
Everyday Materials Everyday materials are the materials we see everyday such as, wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock.
Properties Properties are what the material looks like/feels like, such as, bendy/hard, cold, shiny, dull etc.
Investigation A quest to find the answer to a question using the scientific method.
Fair Test When investigating, we must keep everything the same in order  for the test to be conducted correctly.
Waterproof A material that does not let water through.
Windproof A material that gives protection from the wind.
Transparent A material  which you can see through.

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National Curriculum expectations:

Uses of Everyday Materials

Working Scientifically

  • Ask simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways
  • Observe closely, using simple equipment
  • Perform simple tests
  • Identify and classify
  • Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Gather and record data to help in answering questions.


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