Redlands Primary School

  1. Curriculum
  2. Science


Year 6
Living things and their habitats Light Electricity Looking after the environment Animals including humans Evolution and inheritance
Classify living organisms

Explore how light travels

Describe the parts of an electric circuit Learn about climate change Understand the function of the heart and its role in the circulatory system Understand how offspring vary and are not identical to their parents
Understand the kingdoms of life Explore reflection and explain how it can be used to help us see Explore voltage and its effect on an electrical circuit Explore ways to reduce how much rubbish is sent to landfill Identify and compare blood vessels Learn about animal adaptations
Classify living things using the Linnaean system Investigate how shadows can change Apply knowledge to identify and correct problems in a circuit Explore ways to reduce energy consumption Explore blood Learn about plant adaptations
Identify the characteristics of
different types of microorganisms
Investigate how we can show why shadows have the same shape as the object that casts them Investigate what affects the output of a circuit Explore what happens when fuels are burnt Learn how the body transports water and nutrients Explore what we can learn from fossils
Investigate asexual reproduction through spore dispersal Investigate how we see objects Build a set of traffic lights Explore the outcomes of
Investigate what affects your heart rate Explore the theory of evolution
Classify and describe a living organism Apply knowledge of conductors and insulators Compare data
associated with the weather
Learn about the impact of drugs and alcohol on the body Explore human evolution
Year 5
Forces Properties of materials Change of Materials Earth and Space Living things and their habitat Animals, including humans
Explore gravity and the life and work of Isaac Newton Exploring properties of materials Use evaporation to recover the solute from a solution Explore the solar system and its planets Understand the life process of a plant Identify the key stages of a mammal’s life cycle
Examine the connection between air resistance and parachutes Explore thermal conductors and thermal insulators Recognise and describe reversible changes Understand the heliocentric model of the solar system Understand the life cycles of mammals Explore the gestation periods of mammals
Explore factors which affect an object's ability to resist water Explore the hardness of materials Observe chemical reactions and describe how we know new materials are made Explain the Earth’s movement in space Compare the life cycles of insects and amphibians Learn about foetal development
Investigate the effects of friction on different surfaces Discover materials that become soluble in water Investigate rusting reactions Explain the Earth’s rotation and night and day Understand the life cycle of birds and reptiles Investigate the hand span of different aged children
Investigate mechanisms - levers
and pulleys
Investigate the solubility of materials Investigate burning reactions Explain the
movement of the Moon
Know about the life and work of Jane Goodall and David
Learn about the changes experienced during puberty
Explore how mixtures could be separated by Design a planet using knowledge gained Research and present the life cycle of a creature Describe the changes humans may experience during adulthood and old age
Year 4
States of Matter Sound Electricity Living things and their habitats Animals including Humans Living things and their habitats – Conservation
Compare and group the 3 states of matter  Identify how sounds are made

Renewable energy source

Explore different habitats Identify the organs in the digestive system

ecosystems and
how they are
affected by
changes in the

Explore how particles behave in solids, liquids and gases Explore how vibrations from sounds travel
through a medium to the ear
Explore electrical appliances and electrical safety Research a habitat Describe the functions of the main organs in the digestive system Understand
human impact on
the environment
Investigate melting points Explore sound insulation Learn about electrical components in a series circuit Explore how animals can be classified Identify the types of human teeth and their functions Explore air
Explore freezing and boiling points Explore volume and pitch Investigate electrical circuits Create a classification key Investigate the effects of different liquids on the teeth Understand water
Explore evaporation and condensation Explore sounds from near and from far Explore conductors and insulators Adaptations and classification within species Understand food chains Explore methods that can be used to conserve water
Understand the water cycle Learn about electrical switches Explore and classify pond plants Explore food webs Understand that
humans can have
a positive impact
on nature
Investigate how electrical components can change within a circuit
Year 3
Rocks Scientific Enquiry Light Unit Forces and magnets Animals, including humans Plants
Explore the formation and properties of igneous rocks How can a solar oven be made more effective: posing questions and writing predictions Identify the difference between light sources and non light sources Explore contact and noncontact forces Explore the 5 key food groups Compare the effect of different factors on plant growth
Explore the formation and properties of sedimentary and metamorphic rocks How can a solar oven be made more effective: recording and presenting results Explore the light that comes from the sun and how to stay safe Compare how things move on different surfaces Learn about the nutrition in the food we eat Identify and describe the functions of different parts of a flowering plant and how they are used in photosynthesis
Weathering and the suitability of rocks for different purposes Cleaning coins: writing a method and carrying out a practical test Explore materials which are reflective Explore different types of magnets Learn about the different types of skeletons Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants
Explore how water contributes to the weathering of rocks Cleaning coins:
writing a conclusion
Discover how shadows are formed Explore the properties of magnets and everyday objects that are magnetic Learn about the human skeleton Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants
Understand how fossils are formed Making a cake: fair testing, controls and variables Investigate how shadows change throughout the day Understand that magnetic forces can act at a distance Learn about animals and their skeletons Understand the pollination process and the ways in which seeds are dispersed
Explore different types of soil Making a cake: scientific enquiry Investigate how you can change the size of a shadow Explore the everyday uses of magnets Explore the role of muscles Compare the effect of different factors on plant growth
Year 2
Uses of everyday materials Living things and their habitats Living Things and their habitats – Habitats from around the world Animals, including humans 1 - Health & survival Animals, including humans 2 - Life cycles Plants
Identify different materials and their uses Explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive Learn about habitats Describe the needs of animals for survival Order the stages of the human life cycle Know the difference between seeds and bulbs
Understand how to select the right materials to build a bridge Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in a microhabitat Appreciate that environments are constantly changing Describe the needs of humans, for survival Describe the stages of a human life cycle Design an experiment to find out what plants need to grow
Explore and test the stretchiness of materials Design a suitable microhabitat where living things could survive Explore the rainforest and its problems Explore the importance of eating the right food Identify the offspring and parent of an animal Describe what plants need to grow and stay healthy
Understand that materials can change their shape by twisting, bending, squashing or stretching Find out what animals eat to survive in their habitats Describe life in the ocean Describe what a healthy, balanced diet looks like Explore the life cycle of a chicken Describe the life cycle of a plant
Find out about Charles Macintosh and explore how materials are suitable for different purposes Understand a food chain Discover the Arctic and Antarctic habitat Investigate the impact of exercise on our bodies Describe the life cycle of a butterfly Observe and record the growth of plants over time
Discover which materials change shape when making a road with John McAdam Understand the journey food makes from the farm to the supermarket Create a model of a habitat Investigate the importance of hygiene Explore the life cycle of a frog Understand that plants adapt to suit their environment
Year 1
Seasonal changes Animals, including humans 1 - All about me Everyday materials - Exploring everyday materials Everyday materials - Building (based on the Three Little Pigs) Plants Animals, including humans 2 - All about animals
Understand there are four seasons Discover the basic parts of the human body Identify and name a variety of everyday
Build a structure strong enough to withstand wind Understand that seeds grow into plants Discover animal families
Understand the changes that take place in autumn Learn about eyes and sight Distinguish between an object and the
material it is made
Build a waterproof structure Identify the basic parts of a plant and tree Learn about the differences between mammals and birds
Understand the changes that take place in winter Learn about ears and hearing Describe the properties of everyday materials Understand the properties of glass and its uses Understand that different plants can grow in the same environment Learn about the differences between amphibians, reptiles and fish
Understand the changes that take place in spring Explore the tongue and taste Identify objects that are natural and those that are manmade Understand that materials are used to create a variety of furniture Know the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees Discover the types
of food living things eat
Understand the changes that take place in summer Explore the sense of touch Predict and identify if an object will float or sink Explore a variety of fabrics and understand their different properties Know that fruit trees and vegetables are varieties of plants Explore the difference between wild animals and pets
Investigate how you can measure rainfall Discover how your nose smells Explore which materials are best for different objects Explain the uses of materials and why they are suitable Record the growth of a plant Explain the characteristics of an animal
See: Understanding of the World LTP