At Team Bowsland we focus on building confidence through our enquiry skills so that by the end of your child’s time at primary school they are able to confidently conduct a scientific experiment. Through a range of topics children are encouraged to develop a sense of curiosity and excitement towards science.

Please see the images below to for our enquiry progression.

Cold and Hot Tasks

To ensure we have a strong understanding of our pupils prior knowledge we start each new topic with a cold task. Cold tasks are enquiry based and are usually practical. These exploratory tasks inform the teaching of the rest of the topic to enable us to meet all our pupils needs and extend knowledge accordingly. 

At the end of the topic, pupils complete a hot task to demonstrate what they have learnt over the topic and to assess whether any more learning needs to take place before moving on to a new topic. 

Each year group follows the National Curriculum to develop an understanding of the world through biology, physics and chemistry. Below are the programmes of study for each key stage, however please see your child’s termly topic web/ for more information about their current science unit.


In Reception, children are encouraged to learn about the world around them through play and exploration. There activities are linked to their term’s topic and are both adult and child led.

Key Stage One Programme of Study:

  • Plants (including classification) and growing
  • Animals, including humans
  • Habitats, including food chains
  • Simple physical properties of everyday materials
  • Uses of everyday materials
  • Seasonal changes and day and night

Lower Key Stage Two Programme of Study:

  • The function of different parts of plants and their survival
  • Animals, including humans: what animals need to survive, movement and the skeleton
  • Classification of living things: plants, animals and conservation
  • Human digestion
  • Simple physical properties of some kinds of rocks and how rocks, soils and fossils are formed
  • States of matter and changes of state, with particular reference to water
  • Forces and magnets
  • Sources of sound
  • Light and shadows
  • The use of electricity and how to wire a simple circuit

Upper Key Stage Two Programme of Study:

  • Life cycles, including reproduction, growth and old age
  • All living things: life processes, including classification
  • The human circulatory system and blood
  • Inheritance and evolution happening over long periods of time
  • Properties and changes of materials
  • Forces such as gravity and friction: air resistance and transfer of force through mechanical devices
  • Earth and space
  • The basic parts of a simple electric circuit

Please check your child’s class page to see their current learning.