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At Skelmanthorpe Academy we encourage the children to be inquiring and enthusiastic scientists. We provide opportunities for the children to develop their scientific skills by asking questions, making observations, performing tests, gathering and recording data and using their findings to draw conclusions.

We aim for the children to experience practical and relevant activities that will stimulate the children’s natural curiosity about their world.

The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Science units covered are:

Early Years - Understanding the World

  • 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.


Key Stage 1

  • Plants
  • Animals including humans
  • Everyday materials
  • Seasonal Changes
  • All living things and their habitats

Key Stage 2

  • Plants
  • Animals including humans
  • Rocks
  • Light
  • Sound
  • Forces
  • Properties and changes of materials
  • All living things
  • States of matter
  • Electricity
  • Earth and space


Useful links

Year Group expectations – please link to Science Assessment criteria

National Curriculum - science-programmes-of-study

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