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Science at Rice Lane Primary School

At Rice Lane Primary School we believe that a good understanding of scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding helps to support pupils’ work across the curriculum. We want to develop children’s ideas of working that will enable them to make sense of the world they live in.


We encourage children of all abilities to awaken their sense of wonder about the universe by involving them in a wide range of learning experiences. We believe it is our responsibility to make children aware of how science is relevant to their own lives and to build on children’s natural curiosity and develop a scientific approach to problems.


We want to make children aware of the current and evolving state of scientific knowledge to prepare them for an increasingly scientific and technological life in the 21st century. We introduce our pupils to the broad range of sources of scientific information that are available to enable them to become independent learners and more importantly develop the skills of investigation – including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining, evaluating and using the correct scientific language.

Science, Knowledge, Skills and Understanding for each Year Group


A number of distinct topics are taught in each year.  Some of these are revisited with appropriate progression in subsequent years.  Each topic is delivered at an appropriate level and with a suitable progression so that the overall requirement to work scientifically is met.  The topics and scientific methodology are set out in full in the attached ‘Science Learning Pathway’ documents.





nNotice detailed features of objects in their environment.

nLook closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.




nChildren know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.


Year 1


nPlants and Animals, including Humans.

nEveryday Materials.

nSeasonal Changes.


Year 2


nLiving things and their Habitats.

nAnimals including Humans.


nClassifying and grouping Materials.

nChanging Materials.

nNotices detailed features of objects in their environment.


Year 3

n Plants and Animals, including Humans.

nLight, Forces and Magnets.



Year 4

nLiving Things, their Habitat and Animals, including Humans.

nSound and Electricity.

nStates of Matter.


Year 5

nLiving Things, their Habitat and Animals, including Humans.

nEarth, Space and Forces

nProperties and Changes to Materials


Year 6

nLiving Things, their Habitat and Animals, including Humans.

nLight and Electricity.



Year 1 Blubber Glove Experiment

Year 4 Digestive System Investigation

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