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New Science Curriculum 2014


A high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world  through boilogy, chemistry and physics.Science has changed our lives ans is vital to the world's prosperity. Children will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.


At Thorpe Lea we want the children to develop a sense of excitiment and curiosity about natural phenomena when learning about science. We encourage them to understand how science can be used to explain what is occuring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.



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 throough different types of science enquiries that help them to answer 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 new curriculum for science is less prescriptive and allows us to teach science in a creative cross curricular way. Curiosity and creativitiy have been included in our school values, so this means that the children will focus on these values when learning. There is also more of an emphasis on the natural environment too with the new curriculum.


Some topics that will be covered:


  • Natural World
  • Living things, including humans
  • Materials



  • Year 3 - Plants, animals (including humans), rocks, light, forces and magnets.
  • Year 4 - Living things (including humans), States of matter, sound, electricity
  • Year 5 - Life cycles of living things, animals (including humans). Materials. Earth and Space. Forces.
  • Year 6 - Living things, animals (including humans). Evolution and inheritance. Light. Electricity.


(The National Curriculum in England)


All the children will take part in exciting science activities during Science Week. More details to follow!




Our Curriculum Overview for Science (to be amended September 2014)


Year Groups Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
EYFS Nursery

Water & Sand




Magnet play and exploration

New Life

Planting and Growing



My Body

Watch me Grow!

Exporing Textures

New Life

My Garden

The Seasons and the Weather

Travel and Barnaby Bear

KS1   Year 1

Our Senses

Light and Dark


Push and Pull

Sorting/using Materials

Growing Plants



          Year 2


How my body works inside




Plants in the local area

Life processes and living things

KS2   Year 3


Magnets and springs

Characteristics of


Rocks and Solids

Teeth and Healthy Eating

Helping plants grow well

Lights and shadows

          Year 4


Circuits and Conductors


Keeping Warm

Solids and Liquids



Moving and growing

          Year 5


Gases all around us

Changing State


Keeping Healthy

Earth and Moon

Life Cycles


          Year 6




Micro Organisms

More about Dissolving

Reversible and Irreversible Changes

Forces in Action

How we see things