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Science at Southglade

At Southglade Primary School, our vision is to provide a science curriculum that enables pupils to explore and discover the world around them so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in.


Young children are naturally curious and passionate about how and why things happen.  At Southglade we provide a stimulating science curriculum that nurtures children’s natural curiosity and their on-going intellectual development.


We aim to inspire our children by giving them the opportunities to pursue their natural curiosity; promoting the experience of exploring and investigating scientific phenomena, in a range of contexts, to ensure a continually evolving knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Our children will be encouraged to ask questions, take risks, experiment, reflect, make and learn from mistakes, in a safe environment; whereby they acquire and apply core skills which equip them for an ever-changing world.

Working Scientifically


At Southglade, our science curriculum is based on the principle of Working Scientifically and this is embedded in our teaching of the subject.  The following document shows the skills progression in Working Scientifically from year groups one to six.

These skills are taught and learned in different scientific contexts, giving children the opportunity to expand their knowledge in the following areas:


Year 1 - Naming plants and animals, seasonal changes and types of materials everyday objects are made from.


Year 2 - How plants grow, animal habitats and how everyday materials are used.


Year 3 - human digestion and teeth, rocks and their properties, sound, light, forces and magnets.


Year 4 - Living things and their environments, anatomy and growth of plants, states of matter and electricity.


Year 5 - Life cycles and reproduction of mammals, amphibians and birds, properties of materials (including their solubility, transparency and conductivity), reversible and irreversible changes, space and forces including gravity.


Year 6 - Living things and their habitats, animal and plant classification, the human circulatory system, evolution and adaptation, investigations involving electricity.