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We are very proud of our Science work at Brickhouse Primary School and have recently achieved a Bronze Quality Mark for all of our hard work. Currently, we are using ‘Rising Stars’ scheme, which provides the opportunities for children to explore different science units through watching video clips, fun investigations and to develop their scientific vocabulary too. We try and relate all science to the world around us so that children appreciate that the themes discussed are real.


Classes are timetables to have an afternoon of science each week. When working scientifically, children are taught to use practical scientific methods, processes and skills. We have developed whole school Science principles which are used as part of our lessons. We try to make all lessons as engaging and exciting for all pupils. In addition to our weekly Science afternoons, we also hold a whole school Science week each year.

To support our Science lessons we will be having the ‘Eco Bus’ visit us in the spring term. The bus will be for some classes in KS1 and KS2. It gives children the opportunity to learn about the local environment and how to care and look after it.


Whole School Coverage







Our body


Life cycles

Year 1

Bodies and Senses

Materials and Changing Materials

Plants and Seasons

Year 2

Animals including

Humans and Living Things

Materials and Changing Materials

Plants and Habitats

Year 3

Food and Bodies & Magnets

Light and Shadow & Space

Plants and Rocks

Year 4

Habitats and plants

Digestion and teeth & Food Chains

Sound and Electricity

Year 5

Earth and Space & Forces

Properties and Materials

Animals and Humans & Habitats

Year 6

Electricity and Shadows

Inheritance and Evolution

Adaptation and Humans & Life Cycles



Understanding of the world- this involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.


Year 1

By asking questions, observing and using simple equipment children are given opportunities to study plants and their structures.  They can identify, describe and compare animals including humans. The children develop their understanding of properties of everyday materials and compare and group by characteristics. When studying seasonal changes they can describe weather and how day length varies.


Year 2

Children are taught to compare the differences between things that are living, dead and never been alive. They can identify plants and animals in their habitats and micro habitats. Simple food chains are introduced. Plant study includes growing seeds and bulbs into mature plants. Children find out what is needed for survival and care of offspring. The importance of exercise, food and hygiene is included. Changes to materials by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching are investigated.


Year 3

Plants, transportation of water and life cycles are covered. Nutrition for humans is studied alongside the need for skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement. Opportunities to investigate and describe different types of rocks and soils are given. Reflection of light is studied and how shadows are formed. Within forces different types of surfaces are compared, along with how magnets attract and repel.


Year 4

Children use classification keys to help group identify and name living things. The digestion system is studied, along with types of teeth and food chains. Solids, liquids and gases explained, along with evaporation and condensation. Sound vibrations are studied and sources of electricity.


Year 5

Children study living things and their habitats. Children describe differences in life cycles, the process of reproduction and the changes that happen in humans as they develop to old age. Key vocabulary relating to properties of materials is introduced. Earth and Space are studied, which includes rotation and gravity.


Year 6

Children identify and name the main parts of the circulatory system and the impact of diet and drugs. Children suggest their own reasons for classifying plants and animals based on characteristics. Evolution and inheritance provides knowledge of fossils. Light study allows knowledge of how light travels in straight lines. Symbols in circuits are taught and why a circuit might not work. 

Science Week 2015

Science Week 2015 1 Sharing Work During Science Week 2015
Science Week 2015 2 Sharing Work During Science Week 2015
Science Week 2015 3 Science Week Presentation 2015

Eco Bus

Eco Bus 1 Eco Bus - January 2016
Eco Bus 2 Eco Bus - January 2016