Studying Science provides children with the foundations for understanding the world around us. Science encourages us to ask questions, find answers and make close observations about how and why things work as they do. While we develop these rational explanations we also aim to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Children enjoy finding out how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.

Yearly Overview


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Key Stage 1

Materials, Seasonal Changes, Local Plants and Light and Dark. .

Plants, Seasonal Changes, Animals, Health and Growth, Material Properties.

Animals, Seasonal Changes and Minibeasts.

Middle Years

Amazing Animals, the Human Skeleton, Digestion & Muscles, Teeth & Food Chains, Light, Reflection & Shadows, Materials and States of Matter.

Forces, Magnetism and Electricity.

Materials, Rocks, Fossils and Soils, Plants and Pollination, Sound and Living Things.

Later Years

Reversible and Irreversible changes in Materials, Light and Electricity.

Living things, Life Cycles and Reproduction, Animals and Human Changes, All Living Things, Evolution & Inheritance.

Earth and Space, Forces, Gravity and Friction, Animals inc. Humans.

Science at Queen Edith is very “hands on” and children are encouraged to “Work Scientifically” during each and every topic. As such they develop a variety of important skills including the ability to plan, observe and evaluate. They become accustomed to using a variety of tools and equipment and over time become adept at presenting and explaining their findings. Investigating is at the heart of Science and Queen Edith children know we value their thinking. 

Our Scientific thinking starts in Nursery where children don’t mind getting messy while they explore Science head on. Here, children are making a mud kitchen to investigate a material that interested them. They could describe and show what they found out. 



In the Early Years and Foundation Stage children are encouraged to follow their own interests, ask questions and try to test out their ideas. Many children are really interested in finding out first-hand what floats and sinks.  

Meanwhile in KS1, children are not only becoming keen gardeners, but watch closely how and where plants grow as well as the insects attracted by them.
These observational skills are extended with plant investigations. Observation is an important part of being a KS1 Scientist.
After learning about the properties of materials, KS1 children also put their knowledge to the test and design a waterproof shelter for a famous explorer. They also discovered lots about the human body and staying healthy – they practice on teddies at Addenbrooke’s! 








In Middle Years, Children plant and grow lots of fruit and vegetables as well as keenly observe the minibeasts they attract. The allotment can take some looking after, but they often eat what they produce.  At harvest time they take an interest in root development. They also find out about the soil and classify different types. Middle Years also really enjoy exploring light and shadows, plotting and measuring them at different times during the day. 





In Later Years reversible and irreversible changes are a “hot” topic! Children make volcanoes before creating an effective eruption. They also get a visit from The Mobile Lab and take a close up look at cells. During their “Space Day” they also explore space ship design and think about aerodynamics. 






 Examples of Work





 KS1 - Describing Materials

 KS1 - Labelling the Parts of a Plant





 KS1 - Seed Investigation

 KS1 - Plant Hunt





KS1 - Big Thinking before the Ice Topic 

KS1 - Planning an Ice Investigation 



 KS1 - Matching plants to their Habitats

KS1 - Observing the Life Cycle of a Plant 


 KS1 - Identifying and Recording Healthy Meals 

 Middle Years 



 Middle Years - Planning a soil investigation & A Fair Test based on Magnetism 


Middle Years - Science Poster to demonstrate the Water Cycle 

Later Years - Adaptation Focus








Later Years - Digestion 

Later Years - Life Cycles 





 Later Years - Data from a Fair Test based on Dissolving

Later Years - An In-depth look at plants and their function





 Later Years - Planning a Shadow Measuring Investigation

Later Years - Electrical Circuits


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