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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 Orang-utan’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.


Deforestation (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) 

Materials (under rocks on Year 3 tracker)


Erosion, Magma, Tectonic Plates, Solidify, Dissolve

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

Oh, the Places You’ll Go (Places in Europe) 

Animals and humans (Year 3 KPIs)


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


St. George and the Dragon (National adventure) 

Light (Year 3 KPIs)


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


Misty Mountains

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.


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.


PSQM GILT Award Portfolio 2021-2022 Part A

PSQM GILT Award Portfolio 2021-2022 Part B

PSQM GILT Award Portfolio 2021-2022 Part C

PSQM GILT Award Portfolio 2021-2022 Part D

Science Portfolio - PSQM Award June 2018