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Science contributes to the development of enquiring minds which have the ability to question, test, evaluate and apply knowledge and understanding of the world around them. It develops personal qualities that prepare children for adult life such as the acquisition and development of scientific language, the application of number skills, the use of ICT, the development of personal and social skills from working independently and collaboratively. Science offers children the opportunity to appreciate and understand the world.


Science is taught from a scheme that ensures a full coverage of the National curriculum and also ensures a correct level of challenge and progression for the children. There is an emphasis on learning through investigations and through the children’s natural enquiries about the world around them.


Through practical work, the children plan scientific investigations and gradually learn the concept of a “fair test”. They also learn to record the findings of their investigations in a variety of ways.


The 2014 national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:


•       develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics

•       develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them

•       are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

At Market Drayton Junior School we will cover the following areas:








Forces & Magnets

Sorting and grouping materials, poles attract and repel


Earth & Rocks

Different types/properties, fossils, properties of soil


Animals, including humans

Nutrition, skeleton, muscles



Shadows, protection, darkness


Labelling plants, what plants need, water system, life cycles, pollination/seed formation/seed dispersal



Animals, including humans

Digestion and teeth





States of matter

Changing states


Evaporation and condensation



Animals, including


Living things and their habitats

Grouping in a variety of ways, classification keys, food chains, environment changes and the dangers to living things.



Conductors, insulators, circuits




Gravity, water/air resistance, friction. Mechanisms helping smaller forces have a bigger effect: levers, pulleys and gears


Earth and Space

Solar system, moon, day and night

Living things and their habitats

Differences of: mammals, amphibians, insects, birds.

Life processes and reproduction of some plants and animals


Animals, including humans

Describe changes as humans develop in to old age.

Properties and changes of materials

Use of everyday materials, displaying and recovering, filtering/sieving/evaporating.

Sorting for: hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electric & thermal) and responses to magnets. Ir/reversible changes, how some changes result in a new material



Animals, including humans

Impact of exercise/drugs/lifestyle.

Circulatory system. Nutrients &water transported within animals



Travels in straight lines, objects reflect light to eyes, shadows

Living things and their habitats

Grouping microorganisms, plants and animals. Reasons for classification including specific characteristics


Evolution and Inheritance

Adapting for environment, fossils, off-springs are

not identical to parents


Voltage of cells impacting brightness, recognising symbols, variations in how components function















CEOP Empower Trust
  • Market Drayton Junior School,
  • Alexandra Road,
  • Market Drayton,
  • Shropshire, TF9 3HU
  • Tel. 01630 652769