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Year 1

Throughout the Year - The Seasons

During Year 1 we are working scientifically by:

  • Describing changes in four seasons
  • Describing the weather associated with different seasons
  • Comparing how length of day varies within the different seasons
  • Comparing different seasons 

Autumn 1 - Materials

During Autumn 1  we are working scientifically by:

  • Identifying and naming a variety of materials including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock
  • Describing materials by saying what they look and feel like
  • Describing the physical properties of materials 
  • Comparing and grouping materials based on properties 
  • Beginning to give reasons for why or why not a material may be suitable for a particular purpose
 

Autumn 2 - Materials

During Autumn 2 we are working scientifically by:

  • Describing materials by saying what they look and feel like
  • Describing the physical properties of materials
  • Using materials depending on their physical properties
  • Comparing and grouping materials based on their properties
  • Giving reasons for why or why not a material may be suitable for a particular purpose 

Spring 1 - Plants

During Spring 2 we are working scientifically by:

  • Exploring and investigating indoor plants
  • Exploring and investigating outdoor plants
  • Naming some plants and investigating how they grow
  • Naming and describing the parts of a plant
  • Planting our own seeds and investigating what a seed needs to grow and to stay alive 

Spring 2 - Plants 

During Spring 2 we are working scientifically by:

  • Naming some plants and investigating how they grow
  • Naming and describing the parts of a tree
  • Classifying plants as deciduous or evergreen 
  • Naming and describing the parts of a plant 

Summer 1 - Animals Including Humans

During Summer 1 we are working scientifically by:

  • Naming parts of the human body
  • Identifying parts of the human body
  • Knowing what the five senses are
  • Performing simple tests to investigate the senses
  • Knowing we hear sounds from our ears
  • Grouping things using our senses

Summer 2 - Animals Including Humans

During Summer 2 we are working scientifically by:

  • Naming and identifying parts of an animal
  • Identifying and naming different animals
  • Understanding herbivores, omnivores and carnivores
  • Observing animal habitats outside
  • Understanding animals have different features which make some suitable for being a pet 
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