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Marvellous Me                  On the Move                  The Aliens are Coming                 We’re going on a Safari                Creature Features                Commotion under the Ocean

ELG: Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.

        They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.

        They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.


Super Science (Seasonal changes)

observe changes across the four seasons;

observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.

Busy Bodies (Animals, including humans)

identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.

Back to the Past (Everyday materials)

distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made;

identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock;

describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials;

compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.

Super Science (Plants)

identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees;

identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees.

Finding Footprints (Animals, including humans)

identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals;

identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores;

describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets);


Wonderful World

(Animals, including humans)

notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults;

find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air);

describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.

Fantastic Mr Dahl

Uses of everyday materials

identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials (wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard) for particular uses;

find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.


observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants;

find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.

Ugly Bug Ball (All living things & their habitats)

explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive;

identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited, describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different animals and plants, and how they depend on each other;

identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats;

describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.


Mighty Magnets (Magnets)

notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance;

observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others;

compare and group a variety of materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials;

describe magnets as having two poles;

predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.

Dark Deeds and Shining Lights (Light)

recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light;

notice that light is reflected from surfaces;

recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes;

recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object;

find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change;

compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their transparency.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Rocks)

compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties;

describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock;

recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.

Ruthless Romans (Materials)

compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including hardness.

give reasons, based on comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic.

Living Planet (Plants)

identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem / trunk, leaves and flowers;

explore the requirements of plants for life & growth (air, light, water, soil nutrients, room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant;

investigate the way in which water is transported within plants;

explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.

Masterchef Munch (Animals incl humans)

identify that animals and humans need the right types & amount of nutrition; they can’t make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat;

identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions.


Out of This World (Space)

describe the movement of the Earth, & other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system;

describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth;

describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies;

use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day & night & the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky.

Bright Sparks (Electricity)

identify common appliances that run on electricity;

construct simple series electrical circuits, identifying & naming basic parts: cells, wires, bulbs, switches & buzzers;

identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery;

recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit;

recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors;

compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their electrical conductivity.

Battles, Bombs & Bravery (Forces)

compare how things move on different surfaces;

explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object;

identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces.

Rio to Rainforests

(Living things & their habitats)

recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways;

explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment;

recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things;

construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.

What’s the Matter?

(States of Matter)

compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids (or gases);

observe that some materials melt or freeze / solidify when heated or cooled and measure / research the temperature at which this happens in °C.

Raiders or Traders?

(Animals, incl humans)

identify that humans and some animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.


Lost! (Light)

recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines;

use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye;

explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes;

use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them;

find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.

Tomb Raiders

(Animals including humans)

describe the functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans;

identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood;

recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function;

describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.

Christmas (Electricity)

associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit;

compare & give reasons for variations in how components function (brightness of bulbs, loudness of buzzers, on/off position of switches);

use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.

African Beat (Sound)

identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating;

recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear;

find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it;

find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it;

recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.

Cycles and Circles

(States of matter)

compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases;

identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.

demonstrate that changes of state are reversible changes.

Cycles and Circles

(Living things & their habitats & Animals including Humans)

describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird;

describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals;

explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.

describe the changes as humans develop to old age.


May the Force be with you (Forces)

recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys & gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

Messy Mixtures and Salty Solutions

(Properties & changes of materials)

know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution;

use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating;

demonstrate that dissolving and mixing are reversible changes;

explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.

On Our Head be it (Living things & their habitats & Evolution & Inheritance)

describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities & differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals;

give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.

recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago;

recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents;

identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment and that adaptation may lead to evolution.