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Curriculum Overview


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.

At St Anselm’s, the practical nature of science is promoted to stimulate children’s curiosity about the world we live in. The children use first hand experiences and investigations to explore, discover and gain scientific knowledge. They are encouraged to investigate problems through close observations, planning, predicting and fair testing.

The curriculum for science is taught through the topics;

Year 1 - Seasonal Changes, Plants, Animals & Humans, Everyday Materials.

Year 2 - Living things and their habitats, Uses of Everyday Materials, Animals including Humans.

Year 3 - Animals including humans, Plants, Rocks, Forces and Magnets, Light.

Year 4 - Living things and their habitats, States of Matter, Animals including Humans, Sound, Electricity.

Year 5 - Animals including Humans, Earth and Space, Properties and changes of materials, Forces, Living things and their Habitats.

Year 6 - Animals including Humans, Living things and their Habitats, Light, Electricity, Evolution and Inheritance.