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Science in Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1 the children will:

  • Experience and observe phenomena, looking closely at the natural and human-made world around them.
  • Be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice.
  • Develop their understanding of scientific ideas through the use of first hand experiences of different types of scientific enquiry. 
  • Use simple scientific language to talk about what they have found out and communicate this in a variety of ways.


The five enquiry types


The National Curriculum for Science for England explains that,

“‘Working scientifically’ specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science…“

This needs to be embedded within our teaching of the biology, chemistry and physics content. Through a variety of enquiry driven activities, children can work scientifically, working to answer scientific questions.

The National Curriculum for Science for England clearly lists 5 different types of enquiry that children should be familiar with across the primary school.