Science is about children developing a sense of enquiry and extending their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. At Stonehouse Park Infant School, we use a range of teaching methods in science lessons, with an emphasis on providing a curriculum which develops and extends the children’s scientific concepts and enables them to be curious about the world. This will lead to children learning to work as scientists, planning and undertaking practical investigations.

In Science children at Stonehouse Park Infant School are entitled to:

  • ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways
  • observe closely, using simple equipment
  • perform simple tests
  • identify and classify
  • use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • gather and record data to help in answering questions.

Reception – EYFS

Understanding of the World is about how children get to know about other people, the place where they live and about all aspects of the environment.

Understanding the World is broken down into three aspects:

  • People and Communities
  • The World
  • Technology

These aspects are developed through exploration and investigation

  • Developing curiosity and observational skills
  • Manipulating objects
  • Describing the features of objects
  • Finding out more about things using senses
  • Finding out how things work
  • Exploring patterns
  • Looking at similarities, differences and changes


Year 1 children will learn about:

Plants, identifying and naming plants and looking at their basic structure.

Animals including humans, identifying and naming a range of animals and understanding how and why they are grouped.

Everyday materials, looking at their properties.

Seasonal changes, observing changes across the four seasons and looking at different types of weather.


Year 2 will learn about:

  • Living things and their habitats, including dependence within habitats and micro-habitats
  • Plants, observing how seeds and bulbs grow into plants and what plants need to stay healthy
  • Animals including humans, focusing on reproduction, nutrition and exercise
  • Uses of everyday materials, comparing the use of everyday materials and looking how these can be changed by exerting force