Science

Science at Edward Worlledge is taught in units of work that follow the guidelines in the new National Curriculum. The curriculum has been planned and developed to ensure the children make good progression during their time within the academy so they become accomplished scientific thinkers. It is our aim to embed science into the curriculum and strong links to Literacy and Maths have been adopted.

“Science is not presuming you know, it is exploring, investigating and asking questions about the world you live in.”

Pupils work on topics throughout the year to develop their understanding and curiosity in the main scientific strands which include, physics, biology, chemistry and working scientifically.

Our aim at Edward Worlledge is to make the children question the world they live in and ask “why”? Children work enthusiastically on investigations and are encouraged to investigate scientific phenomena, predict and develop their understanding of science.  We are ensuring we develop children that understand the world they live in.
We ensure children have numerous opportunities for them to learn about science outside the classroom, for example, our reception class participate in bug hunting whilst other children look at the effects of force and magnets through drama.

We also provide local trips and residential trips which give the children an opportunity to put science into practice. Visits are made to farms, zoos and sessions are carried out in pond dipping and plant observing at environment centres.

In year 3 and year 4 the children are encouraged to attend a three day residential trip, where they have the opportunity to look at habitats, life cycles and look at the coastline.


We have also been privileged to have visitors to the academy who enhance the curriculum, including an environmentalist, who works with orangutans, helping their conservation, zoologist carrying out workshops on different species and drama productions, which are designed to help children understand different areas in science.

Our annual science day has been organised to further develop the love for science by engrossing the children’s minds with science for the day. Parents are invited to participate in workshops with their children. This is a very successful day which has had positive reviews from both pupils and parents.

Pupils are encouraged to use the BBC Bitesize website to research and access activities at home. Please click on the picture to the left – which shows you how to access Early Years, KS1 and KS2 information.

Science Curriculum Matrix

Our EYFS curriculum ensures a curiosity and love for science is embedded at the grass roots stage. The children are encouraged to explore the world they live in and ask questions about the things they observe. The pupils in Reception are provided with stimulating activities which allow them to investigate the growth of plants, the characteristics of different materials, how to look after their bodies and exploring the nature and habitats of small creatures in the local environment, through hands on, interactive ‘play’.

In Key Stage 1 children are encouraged to explore topics more deeply through experiments and challenges. The focus becomes on the ability to investigate and answer key questions on the topics. The children have access to workshops and extra-curricular activities which develops a keen enthusiasm for the subject.

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1 Everyday materials Light

Seasonal changes

Animals including humans: Senses Plants Animals including humans –Nature topic SRE
Year 2 Animals including humans: Life cycles Animals including humans: Staying healthy All living things and their habitats Uses of everyday materials Plants Sex education
Year 3 Rocks Plants Light Animals including humans Forces and magnets Sex Education
Year 4 electricity Animals including humans (short unit) States of matter Living things and their habitats Sound  Sex education
Year 5 All living things (life cycles) Earth and Space Properties and changes of materials Forces/ magnetism Animals including humans Sex education
Year 6 All living thing and habitats Changes that form new materials electricity Light Evolution and inheritance  Sex Education)