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In its simplest form science is concerned with finding out about things. It involves a systematic study of the natural and physical world based on processes that lead to the drawing of conclusions. From birth children naturally investigate their surroundings; they question the world around them, experiment and draw conclusions. The steps in this process lead to a progressively deeper scientific understanding.


It is important therefore to build upon a child’s natural curiosity and to encourage a scientific approach based on a rich resource of experiences. In the primary school, it is important that many of these experiences are first-hand although the use of secondary sources of information has a part to play. The aims of the subject should be realised by all pupils, regardless of ability, gender or ethnic group.


The aims can be summarised as follows:


  • To encourage a sense of interest and enjoyment in all pupils.
  • To enable the acquisition of a wide range of knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes
  • To develop an enquiring mind and a scientific approach to solving problems.
  • To explore how and why things happen
  • To understand the world in which we live and develop sensitivity and respect for the environment
  • To encourage safe and careful practical work

Coldfair Green Primary School
Long Term Science Plan


Year Group Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1

Summer 2

R Understanding The World – This involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
1 Animals Including Humans Animals Including Humans  Everyday Materials  Everyday Materials  Seasonal Changes  Plants 
2 Animals Including Humans Living Things and Their Habitats Everyday Materials  Everyday Materials  Plants  Living Things and Their Habitats
3 Animals Including Humans  Light  Rocks  Forces and Magnets  Plants  Plants 
4 Electricity  States of Matter  Sound  Living Things and Their Habitats  Animals Including Humans  Living Things and Their Habitats 
5 Earth and Space Forces  Properties of Materials  Changes of Materials Living Things and Their Habitats Animals Including Humans 
6 Light  Electricity  Living Things and Their Habitats  Evolution and Inheritance  Animals Including Humans 

Human  Relationships