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At Holmes Chapel Primary School, we aim for the children to develop a love of science and a strong understanding of the world around them whilst developing scientific enquiry skills and scientific knowledge. 

Our Science curriculum will:

  • be inclusive and accessible to all
  • show how science is relevant to the real world
  • have a spiral approach where key ideas are revised and further developed as the children move through school
  • have an enquiry approach through: observing over time, classifying and grouping, comparing and fair testing, pattern seeking and researching using secondary resources
  • develop the skills of observation, prediction, problem solving, decision making, communication and critical thinking
  • be practical
  • to show how science is cross-curricular
  • ask questions to investigate
  • use scientific equipment accurately


What does our Science learning look like?

Our curriculum follows the ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science’ and ‘Understanding the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage.  It is led and overseen by the science lead.  A cycle of lessons for each unit is carefully planned for, building on prior learning, to develop key knowledge, scientific thinking, enquiry skills, vocabulary, reasoning and resilience.  Teachers create a positive attitude to Science learning within their classrooms and use out of class learning opportunities; for example, within the school grounds or field trips, where possible to enhance learning opportunities.

EYFS Science Curriculum

Children in reception work towards the 'Understanding the World' Early Learning Goals. They are given opportunities to comment on and ask questions about their familiar world and the natural world; they are encouraged to look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and changes, make observations of plants and animals, explain why some things occur and talk about the plants, animals and natural objects they have found.  They develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time and show care and concern for living things and the environment.  The children are encouraged to talk about the features of their own immediate environment and about how environments may vary from one another.

Science Curriculum

The children will be taught to work Scientifically through the folowing units:

Year 1

  • Animals, including humans
  • Plants
  • Everday Materials
  • Seasonal Changes


Year 2

  • Animals, including humans
  • Plants
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Uses of everyday materials

Year 3

  • Animals, including humans
  • Plants
  • Rocks
  • Light
  • Forces & Magnets

Year 4

  • Animals, including humans
  • Living things and their habitats
  • States of matter
  • Electricity
  • Sound

Year 5

  • Animals, including humans
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Earth and Space
  • Forces
  • Properties and changes of materials


Year 6

  • Animals, incuding humans
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Electricity
  • Light

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