At Cranborne, Science is taught weekly in every class.  Lessons focus on learning key knowledge and skills linked to various topics.  The children love Science as teachers plan exciting and engaging lessons!  We place a large emphasis on developing children's ability to plan and evaluate investigations, ask scientific questions, and answer questions using evidence they have gathered.     


 In the past few years we have entered a number of national science competitions; we even won one in 2019!  As with other subjects, the current COVID-19 pandemic has effected our ability to attend external science events and conduct some visits, but we look forward to a graduated return to 'normal' soon so that we can again broaden and deepen our scientific studies to their fullest potential.

A copy of our Science curriculum map can be found below, as well as some some examples of our work reflecting these topics. 

Year One

Topics:  plants, animals including humans, everyday materials and seasonal changes.

Year Two

Topics:  living things and their habitats, plants, animals including humans and uses of everyday materials. 

Year Three

Topics:  plants, animals including humans, rocks, light and forces and magnets.

Year Four

Topics:  living things and their habitats, animals including humans, states of matter, sound and electricity.

Year Five

Topics:  living things and their habitats, animals including humans, properties and changes of materials, Earth and space and forces.

Year Six

Topics:  living things and their habitats, animals including humans, evolution and inheritance, light and electricity.

Foundation Stage

In the foundation stage science comes under the area of learning of 'understanding of the world'.  Children are encouraged to talk about similarities an differences within the world around them including places, objects, materials and living things.  They should be able to talk about the environment around them and how environments can be the same and different.  Children are encouraged to make observations of animals and plants, as well as explaining why some things happen and occur.