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Science at Brooklands

 Here at Brooklands we follow the National Curriculum for Science and try, where possible, to link it to our creative curriculum.  We spread the topics out across the year and they are as follows:


Year Group Autumn Term One Autumn Term Two Spring Term One Spring Term Two Summer Term One Summer Term Two
 Year One

What is Science?

Working scientifically 

SeasonalChanges  Everyday Materials Plants      Animals inc humans
 Year Two 

What is Science?

Working scientifically 

 Light (light up festival) Everyday materials Animals inc Humans Plants All Living things and their habitats
Year Three   

What is Science?

Working scientifically 

 Light (light up festival) Forces and magnets Rocks Plants  Animals inc Humans
Year Four   

What is Science?

Working scientifically 

 Sound  Electricity Living Things and their Habitats States of Matter Animals inc humans
Year Five   

What is Science?

Working scientifically 

 Animals inc humans Earth and Space Properties and changes of materials Living Things and their Habitats Forces
Year Six 

What is Science?

Working scientifically 

 Animals inc humans Electricity  Evolution and Inhertitance Light Living Things and their Habitats


The topics highlighted in green are where we plan on teaching the majority of the topic in our outdoor learning classroom. You may find that some topics are taught in a different order to the one above but all of them will be covered in one academic year.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) Science is taught through the strand of Understanding the World in which your child will be taught the following:

People and communities - Your child:

The world - 

Your child:


Your child:

-Shows interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them.

-Remembers and talks about significant events in their own experience.

- Knows some of the things that make them unique, and can talk about

some of the similarities and differences in relation to friends or family. 


 - Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live or the natural world.  -Knows how to operate simple equipment, e.g. turns on CD player and uses remote control.

Recognises and describes special times or events for family or friends.


-Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects.

-Talks about why things happen and how things work.


-Shows an interest in technological toys with knobs or pulleys, or real objects such as cameras or mobile phones.


-Enjoys joining in with family customs and routines.


-Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.


-Shows skill in making toys work by pressing parts or lifting flaps to achieve effects such as sound, movements or new images.

-Knows that information can be retrieved from computers.





 Completes a simple program on a computer.



Uses ICT hardware to interact with age-appropriate computer software.

Early Learning Goal


Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.


 Early Learning Goal


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.

Early Learning-Goal

Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

The National Curriculum is now heavily focussed on developing your child as a scientific thinker, so here at Brooklands we include a minimum of one investigation per topic taught. This allows your child to then extend the knowledge that they already have and to test out new ideas.

Your child will be encouraged to use Scientific language throughout their lessons and will be taught to question the things that they find out. They will also be taught how to find things out in a fair way and to reason about their findings.


We offer a wide variety of scientific experiences for your child including:

Trips to Ecology Parks and Museums..




Science weeks..

Experiments and explosions..


Outdoor learning experiences...


And much much more!



Nursery and Reception spend at least 2 terms a year in our outdoor classroom learning about the world around them. The children love these sessions and learn so much more by experiencing things first hand rather than reading about them in a book. The children start the sessions in base camp where they explore many different areas of the curriculum and then are sent off into the forest area to explore and find things out for themselves. The session is always brought back together in base camp, where the children share their learning and get to enjoy a well deserved cup of hot chocolate (in winter), squash (in summer) and  a biscuit! 


Reception enjoyed finding out about their world and leant lots about how the earth moves around the sun. 

Reception also love digging or worms and investigating different habitats. 


We also want to give a little bit back to nature and this year we planted many new trees in our school grounds that the children will be able to watch grow and enjoy when they flower.