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Anston Park Junior School



Subject Leader: Mr Bradley 

National Curriculum

Purpose of study

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.



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.       


The link below outlines the National Curriculum for Science in England Science National Curriculum (Key Stage 1 & 2) 


Pupils should be taught:

Year 3 and 4

  • Plants
  • Animals Including Humans
  • Rocks
  • Light
  • Forces and Magnets
  • Living Things and Their Habitats
  • Animals Including Humans
  • States of Matter
  • Sound
  • Electricity

Year 5 and 6

  • Living Things and Their Habitats
  • Animals Including Humans
  • Properties and Changes of Materials
  • Earth and Space 
  • Forces
  • Living Things and Their Habitats
  • Animals Including Humans
  • Evolution and Inheritance
  • Electricity
  • Light

In order to ensure that key skills, concepts and knowledge become embedded in the children's long term memories, we have developed a new skills based curriculum for science. 

Science Curriculum Vision

Long Term Curriculum Map

Below is a copy of our long-term curriculum map for Science. This will let you know what the children are learning across school.