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Science at St. Luke’s

According to the National Curriculum a high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Aims of the Science National Curriculum

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science
  • Equip students with scientific knowledge for science of today and the future

Our school utilises the Plan, Do, Review system for science investigations.  This whole-school focus allows children to build systematically upon the previous year's learning.  

Science Units for Each Year
Year Unit Key Vocabulary
Year 1

Animals including Humans

amphibians, reptiles & mammals

invertebrates & vertebrate

carnivore, herbivore & omnivore

senses

Everyday Materials

absorbency

transparency

waterproof

Plants

deciduous & evergreen

roots

stem/trunk

leaves & flowers

Seasonal Changes

weather

temperature

changes

seasons

Year 2 Animals including Humans

offspring

survival 

exercise & nutrition

hygience

Everyday Materials

suitable

squashing & bending

twisting & stretching

Living Things & Habitats

alive & not alive

habitat

food chain

food source

Plants

seeds & bulbs

life cycle

reproduction

needs

Year 3 Animals including Humans

balanced diet

skeletons

muscles

protection & movement

Forces & Magnets

magnetic

attract

repel

poles

Light

reflection

shadows

light source

patterns

Plants

water transportation

nutrients

flowering plants

life cycle

Rocks & Minerals

fossils

soils

organic matter

physical properties

Year 4 Animals including Humans

digestion

teeth

food chains

producers, predators & prey

Electricity

series circuit

open & closed 

conductors

insulators

Habitats

classification

grouping

human impact

dangers

Sound

vibrating

travel

patterns

volume

States of Matter

evaporation

condenstion

water cycle

solids, liquids and gases

Year 5 Animals including Humans

changes

development

puberty

stages

Earth and Space

relative

orbit

rotation

spherical

Forces

gravity

air & water resistance

friction

transfer

Living Things & Habitats

life cycles

mammal

amphibian

reproduction

Properties & Changes of Materials

solubility

transparency

reversible changes

irreversible changes

Year 6 Animals including Humans

circulatory system

nutrient transportation

impact 

function

Electricity 

voltage

simple circuit

diagram

Evolution and Inheritance

fossils

offspring

adaptations

environment

Light

travel

reflect

light sources

Living Things & Habitats

classification

micro-organisms

characteristics