Science Topic Overview - Whole School

Reception

Autumn Term

  • Exploring visual similarities and differences, e.g. hand size. hair colour.

Spring Term

  • Exploring light and dark and understanding darkness is the absence of light.

Summer Term

  • Exploring changes of substance-making ice-cream, smoothies, lollies (freezing & melting).

Year 1

Science Topics Include:

  • Splendid Skies
  • The Enchanted Woodland
  • Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Investigations include:

  • Why do we have teeth?
  • What's in a Bud?
  • How do leaves change?
  • Do pine cones know it's raining?
  • What is camoflauge for?
  • Can you leap like a frog?
  • What can our hands do?
  • What can worms sense?
  • Are all leaves the same?
  • How big is a raindrop?
  • How does it feel?

Year 2

Science Topics Include:

  • Beachcombers
  • The Scented Garden
  • Wriggle and Crawl

Investigations include:

  • How many arms does an octopus have?
  • How does grass grow?
  • Can seeds grow anywhere?
  • What's on your wellies?
  • Do insects have a favourite colour?
  • What is the life cycle of a ladybird?
  • Where do snails live?
  • Do snails have noses?
  • Will it degrade?
  • Can you make a paper bridge?

Year 3

Science Topics Include:

  • Mighty Metals
  • Predator

Investigations include:

  • What is sand?
  • What is soil?
  • Do plants have legs?
  • What are flowers for?
  • How do fossils form?
  • What do owls eat?
  • How do worms move?
  • What are our joints for?
  • Whay are trees tall?
  • Can you block magnetism?
  • Why do magnets attract and repel?
  • What does friction do?
  • Why do cat's eyes glow in the dark?
  • What are sunglasses for?
  • Why do shadows change?

Year 4

Science Topics Include:

  • Burps, Bottoms and Bile
  • Blue Abys
  • Potions

Investigations include:

  • How does pollution affect habitats?
  • Are all sea creatures the same?
  • How do smells get up your nose?
  • What is spit for?
  • How does toothpaste protect teeth?
  • Did the Romans use toilet rolls?
  • Are all liquids runny?
  • Is custard a liquid?
  • How did the Vikings dye their clothes?

Year 5

Science Topics Include:

  • Beast Creator
  • Alchemy Island
  • Stargazer
  • Scream Machine

Investigations include:

  • Why do birds lay eggs?
  • How do worms reproduce?
  • Can you clean dirty water?
  • Do all solids dissolve?
  • Will it erupt?
  • Which materials conduct heat?
  • Why does a compass always point north?
  • How do we know the Earth is round?
  • Can we track the sun?
  • How do rockets lift off?
  • Why do planets have craters?
  • How does the moon move?
  • How many potatoes can you grow?
  • How do levers help us?
  • What do pulleys do?
  • Why are zip wires so fast?

Year 6

Science Topics Include:

  • Darwin's Delight
  • Blood Heart
  • ID

Investigations include:

  • How does blood flow?
  • What's in blood?
  • What can your heart rate tell you?
  • How do animals stay warm?
  • Can we slow cooling down?
  • How does inheritance work?
  • Why are things classified?
  • Can you send a coded message?
  • How have eyes evolved?
  • How many worms are underground?
  • Why do birds have different beaks?
  • Where do wild plants grow?
  • Why is holly prickly?
  • How can we make red?
  • What colour is a shadow?