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 working scientifically; an area of the curriculum which focuses on developing children's ability to plan and evaluate investigations, ask scientific questions and answer questions using evidence they have gathered.     


 As part of our ongoing commitment to celebrating National Science Week, we spent an hour each day rotating the classes around the school, so that every teacher taught every class within their Key Stage.  Each teacher has prepared a lesson on a different scientific strand, so that the children were exposed to a broad, fun, differentiated stand-alone science lesson each day.  The children always love this week and enjoy working with different teachers and experiencing different types of experiments throughout the week.  

Last summer we entered the National 'Brilliant Birds' competition. We had some incredible entries and were very proud of two Year 6 boys who won a prize for the best scientific write-up; well done boys!


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.