Bush Hill Park Primary School

020 8366 0521

Main Avenue, Enfield, EN1 1DS

Mrs J Garrad & Mrs N Husband

At Bush Hill Park we follow the new National Curriculum programmes for the study of science. The focus of our science teaching is on building the skills of scientific enquiry so that pupils learn to use various approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. All children are explicitly taught scientific vocabulary applicable to their topics. 

At KS1 the principle purpose of our science teaching and learning is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking closely at the natural and man-made world around them. They are encouraged to ask questions and are supported in their development of understanding new scientific ideas. 

In KS2 the pupils are encouraged to broaden their scientific view of the world through exploration, investigations and observations. They are encouraged to ask questions about their learning so that by KS2 upper they are developing a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas.

All children are taught to work ‘scientifically’, so that they develop the ability to use and apply different scientific skills during their investigations.  

 Science Curriculum Overview 2017/2018


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2
Year 1

Seasonal Changes
Observations over time (throughout the year)
Observe changes over the four seasons. Observe and describe weather associated with the
seasons and how the length varies

Animals including
Label the basic parts of the
human body (Ourselves)


Everyday Materials
Distinguish between an objects
and materials.
Identify, name and describe the
properties of everyday


Seasonal changes (focus)
Use senses to make observations about the
weather (amount of light or sun/temp)
Animals, including
Identify and name a variety of
common animals including fish,
amphibians, reptiles, birds and
Seasonal Changes
Continue with weather
observations and compare
our weather with other
countries in the world.
Observe plants and animals in
local surroundings (record
with photographs)
Year 2
Animals including
Understand and observe of
lifecycles (reproduction and
Everyday materials
Identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials for
particular uses, considering the properties

Living things and their
Explore and compare things that
are living, dead, and things that
have never been alive


Observe and describe how
seeds and bulbs grow.
Living things and
their habitat
Understand and describe
food chains
Year 3


Identify and describe the parts
and functions (roots,
stem/trunk, leaves and flowers)

Animals including
Identify the right types of
Classification of rocks based on the
Recognise that dark is the absence
of light

Forces and Magnets
Friction on surfaces

Notice that some forces need contact between 2 objects, but
magnetic forces can act at a distance.
Observe magnetic attraction or repelling each other and other

Year 4


States of matter
Compare and group solids, liquids and gases.
Observe, measure and research materials that change state when
they are heated or cooled (Water)


Identify appliances that run on electricity
Animals including humans
Describe the functions of the parts
of the digestive system
Living things and
their habitats
Revisit habitats and
environmental change 
Identify how sounds are
made (vibrations)
Year 5


Earth and space
Describe the sun, earth, moon
and planets (shape, size and

Understand gravity, air
resistance, water resistance
and friction



Living things and their habitats
Classify living things using keys (mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insect)
Understand various life cycles/life processes and reproduction in plants and animals.
Identify and describe the functions of parts of a plant


 Properties and
changes of
Classify and compare
everyday materials based on
the properties (conductors,




Animals including
Timeline to indicate states in
growth and development of


Year 6
Animals including humans
Understand the impact of diet and exercise and drugs.
Explain the function of the heart and circulation (blood vessels and

Evolution and inheritance
Recognise that living things have changed
over time and that fossils provide information
about living things that inhabited the Earth
millions of years ago


Living things and their
Classify living things based on
characteristics (microorganisms,
plants animals)
Recognise that light appears
to travel in straight lines

Associate the brightness of a
lamp or the volume of a
buzzer with the number and
voltage of cells used in the



 Click here to download the Science Curriculum 2017-2018 (PDF)