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At Whitehouse School we follow an enquiry based curriculum with each science unit being led by a question that we wish to investigate. 


Examples of these enquiry questions include; 


How does the weather affect our lives? (Year One)

What's the attraction? (Year Three)

Why does our Earth get so angry? (Year Six)



In Foundation and KS1, the science curriculum is designed to stimulate curiosity and enquiry and the development of skills, concepts and theories.  ‘Looking’, ‘finding out’ and ‘trying things out’ are the skills we encourage by exploring the environment. 


This process continues in KS2, encouraging children to develop an enquiring scientific mind.  Pupils explore and investigate our world, while establishing an appreciation for life and scientific phenomena.

The National Curriculum 




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 Topic Map 2019 - 2020


Year Group




Year One

Everyday materials

Pushes and Pulls

Seasonal changes


Animals including humans


Year Two


Everyday Materials

Animals including humans

Living things in their habitats

Plants and crops

Environment and sustainability

Year Three


Animals including humans

Forces and magnets



The Water Cycle

Year Four



Animals including humans

States of matter

Living things in their habitiats

Year Five

Earth and Space


Properties of materials

Living things in their habitats

Animals including humans

Year Six

Evolution and inheritance


Living things in the habitats

Animals including humans


Science in EYFS


Science in EYFS fits under the curriculum area of Understanding the World. 

Through practical exploration, children are taught to find out and investigate the world around them. They learn how to ask questions and find out the answers. 


During their time in EYFS (Nursery and Reception) children will find out about;

  • The weather 
  • Plants including planting their own seeds and bulbs
  • Animals from the UK
  • Animals from other countries
  • Life cycles of animals 
  • investigations such as floating and sinking, magnetic objects and pushes and pulls.


This exploration forms a strong basis for children moving onto National Curriculum Science and enquiry led learning. 

EYFS Science at Whitehouse Community Primary School

KS1 Science at Whitehouse Community Primary School

Lower KS2 Science at Whitehouse Community Primary School

KS2 Science at Whitehouse Community Primary School

Jaguars exploring the seasons

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