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Curriculum Intent - Science



Our Curriculum Drivers


Characteristics of a John Bamford Scientist




Cycle 1

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Years 1 and 2

Fire, fire!


Materials (Year 2 KPIs)


Properties, Material, Liquid, Surface, Object, Suitable, Unsuitable,


Various, Inflatable, Rubber, Fabric, Metal, Wood, Plastic, Glass, Brick, rock, Paper, Cardboard

Our Town

(Local adventure)


Into the Woods!


Plants (Year 2 KPIs)


Deciduous, Evergreen, Plant, Roots, Leaf, Stem, Bulb, Petal, Tree, Branches


Flower, Blossom, Bud, Seeds, Mature, Temperature, Light, Water, Nutrients, Soil, Germination, Store of Food,


Reproduction, Growth

Study of National Fairy Tales

(National adventure)


Animals and humans (Year 2 KPIs)


Invertebrates, Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, Mammals, Pet,


Vocabulary linked to the Individual Lifecycles.


Offspring, Growth, Baby, Toddler, Child, Teenager, Adult

All about

Orangutan’s /Rainforests


Living things (Year 2 KPIs)


Habitat, Micro Habitat, Stones, Log, Leaf, Food, Shelter, Sea Shore, Woodland, Ocean, Rainforest, Food Chains, Observe, Living, Dead,

Never Alive, Deciduous

Here we are

(Global adventure)

Years 3 and 4

The Terrible Tudors


Sound (Year 4 KPIs)


Vibrates, Volume, Pitch, Sound, Patterns, Strength, Fainter.


Our local library

(Local adventure)


Electricity  (Year 4 KPIs)


Generator, Component, Circuit, Current, Connected, Electrical Conductors Electrical Insulators, Switch, Cells, Wires, Bulbs, Buzzers, Lamp, Battery, Loop.

The Stone Age


Materials  (Year 4 KPIs)


Erosion, Magma, Tectonic Plates, Solidify, Dissolve, Temperature, Celsius. Oils, Container

Town is by the sea

(National adventure)


Blue Abyss


Living things  (Year 4 KPIs)


Vertebrate, Invertebrate, Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, Mammals, Insects, Deforestation, Flowering Plants, Non Flowering Plants.

Clean Water and Sanitation

(Global adventure)

Animals and humans  (Year 4 KPIs)


Energy, Waste, Faeces, Urine, Pre-Molars, Molars, Canines, Incisors, Producer, Consumer, Predator, Prey, Digestive System, Mouth, Tongue, teeth, Oesophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine, Large Intestine,

Years 5 and 6



Living things (Year 6 KPIs)


Classified, Characteristics, Similarities, Differences, Microorganisms, Plants, Animals.


Rugeley Miners

(Local adventure)




Animals and humans - evolution and inheritance (Year 6 KPIs)


Adaptation, Breeding, Environment, Fossil, Inherit, Offspring, Parent, Reproduction, Evolution, Endangered, Extinct, Natural Selection, Survival of the Fittest, Inhabited, Identical, Vary, Adapted, Environment, Adaptation, Evolution.

Sports Relief

(National adventure)


Animals and humans -  circulatory system, heart, exercise etc. (Year 6 KPIs)


Oxygenated Blood, Deoxygenated blood, Oxygen, Circulatory, system, Heart, Blood Vessels, Blood, Diet, Exercise, Drugs, Life Style, Function, Nutrients, Water, Transport, Internal Organs, Main Body Parts.



Light (Year 6 KPIs)


Eyes, Reflection, Rainbow, Refraction, Periscope, Straight Lines, Light Sources, Light Travels, Shadows, Shape, Light Behaves.


(Global adventure)


Electricity (Year 6 KPIs)


Battery, Bulb, Buzzer, Filament, Motor, Switch, Lamp, Volume, Voltage, Cells, Circuit, Compare, Reasons, Variations, Components, Function, Brightness, Loudness, Symbols, Simple Circuit, Diagram, Series Circuit.


Cycle 2

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Years 1 and 2

The Victorians


Materials (Year 1 KPIs)

Properties, Material, Liquid, Surface, Object


Various, Inflatable, Rubber, Fabric, Hard, Soft, Stretchy, Stiff, Shiny, Dull, Rough, Smooth, Bendy, Not Bendy, Waterproof, Not Waterproof, Absorbent, Not Absorbent, Opaque, Transparent. 

Our School

(Local adventure)




All About Chocolate!


Plants (Year 1 KPIs)


Deciduous, Evergreen, Plant, Roots, Leaf, Stem, Bulb, Petal, Tree, Branches, Fruit, Trunk 

 Flower, Blossom, Bud, Seeds, Mature, Temperature, Light, Water, Nutrients, Soil, Germination

Bright Lights, Big Cities

(National adventure)


Animals and humans (Year 1 KPIs)

Invertebrates, Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, Mammals, Pet, Head, Neck, Elbows, Arms, Legs, Knees, Face, Ears, Eyes, Hair, Mouth, Teeth


Offspring, Growth, Baby, Toddler, Child, Teenager, Adult


Growing Up


Earth and space (seasonal) (Year 1 KPIs)


Weather, Temperature, Season, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Changes, Changes over time, Growth, Decay, Light, Dark, Hot, Cold, Sun, New Life, (Vocabulary associated with plants)

At the seaside, beach pollution (Global adventure)


Years 3 and 4



Forces  (Year 3 KPIs)


Contact, Magnetic, Attract, Repel, Forces, Objects, Distance, Poles


Etching hill Rock

(Local adventure)


Light (Year 3 KPIs)


Absent, Opaque, Warning, Source, Electricity, Reflection, Dark, Light, Shadows.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

(Places in Europe)


Plants (Year 3 KPIs)

Petal, Stamen, Carpel, Fertilisation, Seed Dispersal, Seed Formation, Pollen, Pollination, Nectar, Flowering Plants, Roots, Stem, Truck, Leaves, Flowers, Air, Light, Nutrients, Soil, Room to Grow and Water, Seed Dispersal.

St. George and the Dragon

(National adventure)


Animals and humans (Year 3 KPIs)


Nutrition, Harvest, Forage, Skeleton, Muscle, Tissue, Contracts, Relax, Food, Support, Protection, Movement.

Misty Mountains


Materials (under rocks on Year 3 tracker)


Erosion, Magma, Tectonic Plates, Solidify, Dissolve

Temperature, Celsius, Oils, Container, Fossils, Rocks, Organic Matter.

Climate Action

(Global adventure)


Solids, Liquids, Gases, Heated, Cooled, Degrees Celsius, Evaporation, Condensation, Water Cycle, and Temperature.

Years 5 and 6

Battles of Britain


Forces (Year 5 KPIs)


Streamlined, Surface, Grip, Drag, Centre, Force of Gravity, Air Resistance, Water Resistance, Friction, Mechanisms, Levers, Pulleys, Gears,


The use of Cannock Chase during WW1

(Local adventure)


Materials (Year 5 KPIs)


Dissolved, Separating, Evaporation, Properties, properties, Hardness, Solubility, Transparency, Conductivity, Response, Dissolve, liquid, Solution, Substance, Solids, Gases, Mixtures, Separated, Filtering, Sieving, Evaporating, Reversible changes, irreversible, changes. 

The Ancient Greeks


Earth and space (Year 5 KPIs)


Axis, Orbit, Planet, Spherical Body, Movement, Rotation, Day, Night, Sun, Earth, Moon, Star, Solar System, Planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune. Celestial Body, Orbit.

Shakespeare Week

(National adventure)


Plants - reproduction (Year 5 KPIs – under living things on tracker)


Organism, Decomposers, Producers, Consumers,  Organism

Forces of Nature


Living things - life cycles (Year 5 KPIs)


Predator, Prey, Secondary Consumer, Tertiary Consumers,  Habitat,

Microhabitat, Climate, Monotremes, Ecosystem, Mammal, Amphibian, Insect, Bird, Reproduction, Plants, Animals, Sexual, Asexual.


Sustainability and Recycling

(Global adventure

Animals and humans (Year 5 KPIs)


Puberty, Gestation Period, Womb, Nutrition, Invertebrate, Timeline, Stages of Growth, Length, Mass.



Aspire to be a Scientist  

Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs. 

Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Scientist:

  • Working with animals – a vet, marine biologist, zoologist or conservationist
  • Working with humans – a doctor, chemist, nurse, dentist, optician or sports therapist
  • Engineering – mechanical, chemical, aeronautical or robotics
  • Media – film, computing or photography
  • Different fields of science – astronomy, forensics, natural history, genetics or meteorology a science teacher


For more careers, please visit First Careers, Gov.uk careers in science and BBC Bitesize Careers.


Science Portfolio - PSQM Award June 2018