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The National Curriculum wants schools to provide a high quality science education that allows children to understand the world through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Science has changed our lives and all pupils should be taught the essential aspects of science. 


Barley Close intent:


At Barley Close, our intent for Science is for our children: 


  • have a love for learning by making lessons practical and engaging 
  • to use first hand experiences to develop their scientific knowledge 
  • to be exposed to appropriate scientific vocabulary that links to topics covered
  • to be confident to be quizzical and ask questions to learn more



Barley Close Implementation: 


Science is taught throughout the school in weekly lessons and is delivered by class teachers.  The school follows the South Gloucestershire Scheme of Work which covers units of study linked to the National Curriculum. We also offer STEM opportunities using our link at UWE, this includes having science visits and visitors. This will ensure children are given long term opportunities.






In Reception, children follow the Early Years Framework and children are taught how to understand the world. Children engage in scientific activities in line with the Early Years Foundation Profile. 






Children follow two learning objectives during each science lesson. One of these will always be a working scientifically skill as we want this to underpin all of our lessons. 




Working Scientifically Topics: 


  • asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways
  • observing closely, using simple equipment
  • performing simple tests
  • identifying and classifying
  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • gathering and recording data to help in answering questions



Year 1 Topics: 



Animals including humans

Everyday Materials

Seasonal Changes



Year 2 Topics: 



Animals including humans

Uses of everyday Materials 

Living things and their habitats





Working scientifically topics:

  • asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
  • making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers
  • gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions
  • recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables
  • reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions
  • using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
  • identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
  • using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings



Year 3 topics: 



Animals including humans

Rocks and soils

Forces and Magnets




Year 4 topics: 


Living things and their habitats

Animals including humans


States of matter 







Working scientifically topics:

  • planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
  • taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision
  • recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, and bar and line graphs
  • using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  • using simple models to describe scientific ideas
  • reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations
  • identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments



Year 5 topics: 


Living things and their habitats

Animals including humans

Properties and changes of materials

Earth and Space




Year 6 Topics: 


Living things and their habitats

Animals including humans

Evolution and Inheritance





Barley Close impact: 


All children will understand how science impacts everyday life. Children will be able to make links between their science learning and the wider environment. It will also teach the children transferable skills such as: teamwork and respect for the environment. This ensures the children develop an in depth knowledge.



Science Curriculum across the years

Science Christmas Day

As part of our Science Christmas Day, Upper Key Stage 2 engaged in an experiment where they had to make a pulley that would lift Santa's sack.  In Lower Key Stage Two we had to use different materials to try and make Santa's boots quieter. In Key Stage One we made nose warmers for Reindeers. In EYFS we enjoyed making Christmas Exploration Bottles. 

Year 4 engineering day

In Year 4 we great day being engineers! We had a day run by the RAF where we got to make gliders. We spent the morning designing, making and evaluating our gliders. We then had a whole class competition on the playground to see who’s glider could fly the furthest smiley we talked about the different parts of a glider, and what we can do to make them fly better. It was great fun! 

  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
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