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Thorpe Lea Primary School

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At Thorpe Lea Primary School Mr Dolby is our subject lead for Science. Having previously worked as a 'Mad Scientist' whilst at university, he has developed a love for Science and all of the experiments that go with it!


High-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and 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 excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena when learning about science. We encourage them to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. It is important that from an early age the children are using the correct scientific language both orally and in written work so that this becomes a habit as they move further up the school.





During years 1 and 2, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills:

asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways

observing closely, using simple equipment

performing simple tests

identifying and classifying

using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions

gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.



During years 3 and 4, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills:

asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them

setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests

making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers

gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions

recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables

reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions

using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions

identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes

using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.



The principal focus of science teaching in upper key stage 2 is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They should do this through exploring and talking about their ideas; asking their own questions about scientific phenomena; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically.


At upper key stage 2, they should encounter more abstract ideas and begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates. They should also begin to recognise that scientific ideas change and develop over time.


They should select the most appropriate ways to answer science questions using different types of scientific enquiry, including observing changes over different periods of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out comparative and fair tests and finding things out using a wide range of secondary sources of information. Pupils should draw conclusions based on their data and observations, use evidence to justify their ideas, and use their scientific knowledge and understanding to explain their findings.


Pupils should read, spell and pronounce scientific vocabulary correctly.


The new curriculum for science is less prescriptive and allows us to teach science in a creative cross-curricular way. Curiosity and creativity 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.


Topics to be covered:


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Year 1

Plant Detectives

Using our Senses

Our Changing World

(plants and seasons)

Everyday Materials

Looking at Animals

Scientists and inventors

Year 2


Our Changing World



Apprentice Gardener


Growing Up


Take Care

What is in your habitat


Year 3

Rock Detectives

The power of forces

Can you see me?

Amazing Bodies


How does your garden grow?


Our Changing World

Year 4

Where does all that food go?

Good Vibrations

Our Changing World/ Who are you?

Human Impact

Switched On

In a State

Year 5

Living Things and their habitats

Animals including Humans

Properties and Changes of materials

Properties and Changes of materials


Earth and Space

Year 6

Our Changing World

The Nature Library

Body Pump/ Body Health

Light Up Your World

Everything Changes

Danger Low Voltage


Our curriculum is designed so that certain topics will recur during a child's time at Thorpe Lea. This is done so that a foundation of understanding can be built, onto which further knowledge can be developed and grown. 


Recovery Curriculum

Unfortunately, as the school had to close early last year due to COVID-19 and then again at the start of the Spring Term this year, children missed a large chunk of the content they were due to be taught.


To ensure the children can catch up on this missed content, all of the teachers are working collaboratively to identify all of the missed content so they can plan to cover the topics alongside the new content they will be learning for the remainder of the year.