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Aims of science at St Stephen's

Science at St Stephen’s aims to teach our children the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to question and understand concepts and phenomena that occur in the world around them and equips them with the motivation to seek explanations for these. Children learn the skills required for scientific enquiry and they will begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national and global level. 

The aims of science are to enable children to: 

  • Ask and answer scientific questions 
  • Plan and carry out fair scientific investigations, using equipment including computers 
  • Know and understand the life processes of living things 
  • Know and understand the physical processes of materials, electricity ,light, sound and natural forces 
  • Know about materials and their properties 
  • Evaluate evidence and present their conclusions clearly and accurately 

Curriculum map


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


All about me – Naming body parts


Autumn/ seasonal change


Materials/ change


Bonfire night celebrations


Make Ginger bread men

Looking at different types of weather – link to seasons

Weather experiments



The great outdoors

Plants & Flowers

Weather / seasons

Planting beans/seeds



Farm animals



Recycling – plastic/paper/general waste



All about me – Naming body parts

The five senses

Autumn/ seasonal change

Bonfire night celebrations



Making biscuits


When I was little

Compare similarities/ differences from baby to now – timeline

Winter - changing materials – ice

Comparing materials for different purposes/ use

The great outdoors

Plants & Flowers

Weather / seasons

Planting beans/seeds

What lives in our pond?

Life cycles


Weather comparison

Native animals


Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

Marine life


Year 1

Animals including humans: Ourselves

Animals including humans: Our pets

Everyday Materials: Let’s build

Everyday materials: marvellous materials

Seasonal Changes: Wonderful weather

Plants: what’s growing in our garden

Year 2

Animals including humans: Healthy animals

Living things and their habitats: habitats

Everyday materials: Materials matter

Everyday materials: Squash, bend twist, stretch

Plants: Reading, steady, grow

Living things and their habitats: gardens and allotments




Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 3

Animals including humans: Keeping healthy

Light: light and shadows

Rocks: Rocks and fossils

Forces and Magnets: Amazing magnets

Plants: Roots and shoots

Plants: Artful flowers, fruits and seeds

Year 4

Electricity: It’s electric

States of matter: states of matter scientists

Sound: listen up!

Living things and their habitats:

Animals including humans: Are these your teeth?

Living things and their habitats: Help our habitats!

Year 5

Earth and Space: Space presenters

Forces: May the Forces be with you

Properties of Materials: Music festival materials

Changes of Materials: Changing Materials

Living things and their habitats” The art of living

Animals including humans: life explorers

Year 6

Light: Crime lab investigations

Electricity: Electric celebrations

Living things and their habitats: classification connoisseurs 

Evolution and inheritance: The game of survival

Animals including humans: The art of being human

Second look science: The science of sport

Half termly curriculum booklet activities

Each half-term, pupils and home are provided with a booklet outlining what pupils are learning, how home can help, useful websites and the vocabulary we will be using. To see the science examples of these, click on the year group below.

Nursery Reception Year 1 Year 2
Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

Useful websites

Within each of our units of learning, there will be details of websites that can support home and further learning beyond the classroom.