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Imagine, Believe, Succeed



Planning for Key Stage 1




Cycle a

A walk in the woods


In this topic, the children explore the differences between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive.  They explore the habitat of a wood identifying some of the animals and plants that live there, discuss the relationship between these living things and make simple food chains.  They also observe the seasons thinking about how the change in climate impacts upon the animals and plants

Fire & Ice


In this topic, the children learn about animal and plant life in the Polar regions.  They learn about different animal groups e.g. mammals & birds.  They learn to identify some of the key features of these groups e.g.  birds are covered in feathers. 


In addition, the children learn about natural and manmade sources of light.  They also learn how shadows are made.

Trainers, tracks & tyres


During this topic the children explore everyday objects naming materials, discussing their properties and making comparisons based on their similarities and differences. 


The children also look at forces and how surfaces can affect the distance a vehicle can travel.


Cycle b

A world of difference – Come with me


The children learn about animals and their basic needs.  The children match adult animals and their offspring.

Dungeons & Dragons


The children explore how different materials are chosen to perform different tasks depending on their properties.   


Also the children explore how materials can be altered by using forces e.g. twisting, bending or stretching.

In the secret garden


The children learn to identify a variety of deciduous and evergreen trees.  The children will plant a variety of seeds and bulbs, learning how to take care of them to ensure that they grow into healthy plants.



Planning for lower Key Stage 2




Cycle a

Italian Adventures


During this topic the children learn about the affect of heating and cooling.  They explore how materials change from gases to liquids to solids and the temperature at which this happens.



We’ll meet again


In this topic the children explore electricity, making simple circuits with different components – bulbs and buzzers.  They learn to identify if circuits are complete and whether a bulb will light or not.  The children learn which materials are insulators and which are conductors.

Thatch & Kilt


In this topic the children learn the basic requirements for plant life and growth.  The children extend this learning by exploring how these vary from plant to plant.


The children also learn about magnetic forces.

Cycle b



In this unit the children learn about skeletons and muscles.  This leads on to finding out about teeth, their functions and nutrition. 


The children also learn how fossils are formed and how soils are made.

Out of Africa


The children learn about the flora and fauna of Africa.  They learn about different environments, how environments can change and about food chains within these habitats.   Also the children learn about different animal groups and the way that different animals are classified.

Walk like an Egyptian



During this topic the children learn about Light – different sources of light, how shadows are formed, how light can be reflected and the dangers of light & how to protect their eyes.


The children also learn about the water cycle.



Planning for upper Key Stage 2




Cycle a

Viking Invasion


In this topic the children learn about two aspects of science Forces and Light.


When exploring forces the children learn about air resistance, the effects of friction and how simple machines move using pulleys & levers.


The children learn that light travels in straight lines.  They use this knowledge to explain how we see objects and why shadows are the same shape as the object that cast them.


Hard times!


During this topic the children learn about electricity.  They learn how to draw diagrams using recognised symbols; explore what happens when extra cells are added to a circuit or if the voltage is changed.


The children further explore forces learning about gravity and how levers and pulleys allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.


Mountain High


Many aspects of science are covered during this topic.  The children explore properties of different materials, discover how to separate mixtures using filtering, sieving and evaporating, they classify animals & plants according to observable characteristics and also learn about the role & function of the heart, blood vessels and blood.


Cycle b

The Greeks


The children learn about the Solar System.  That the Sun is a star orbited by planets, some of which have moons.  The children learn to describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as spherical bodies and the relationship in size between them.


Ice Worlds


 In this topic the children will explore how animals have adapted to their environment which leads to evolutionary changes.  The use scientific research to find out answers to questions such as ‘Which material would be the most effect to make a warm jacket in order to stop ice cream from melting?’

Jungle Fever


During this topic the children learn to discuss and compare the life cycles of animals from different animal groups e.g. mammal, insect, amphibian and bird.  They study the work of naturalists such as Jane Goodall and David Attenborough.