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Autumn 1 - Inheritance and Evolution 

During Autumn 1 we are working scientifically by:

  • Recognising that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago
  • Recognising that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents
  • Identifying how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution 

Autumn 2 - Inheritance and Evolution 

During Autumn 2 we are working scientifically by:

  • Investigating the importance of fossils as scientific evidence
  • Examining the evidence of demonstrating how plants have evolved 

Spring 1 - Living Things and their Habitats

During Spring 1 we are working scientifically by:

  • Understanding the importance of classification
  • Explaining reasons for classifying plants and animals using different characteristics
  • Researching unfamiliar animals and plants from a broad range of other habitats
  • Planning a line of enquiry based on microorganisms 

Spring 2 - Animals including humans

In Spring 2 we are working scientifically by:

  • Describing the circulatory system in detail - naming each part
  • Describing the systems that transport nutrients and water
  • Investigating the impact of exercise and diet on the way the body functions
  • Identifying the impact of drugs on the way the body functions


Summer 1 - Light

In Summer 1 we are working scientifically by:

  • Identifying that light travels in straight lines
  • Explaining the formation of shadows
  • Explaining how light can be broken into different colours 

Summer 2 - Electricity

During Summer 2 we are working scientifically by:

  • Using recognised circuit symbols
  • Associating brightness of lamp or loudness of buzzer with the number and voltage of cells
  • Giving reasons for variations in how components function and explore different reasons for this