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Kew Riverside Primary School

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Supporting Science at Home

Science Objectives – Year 1

  • Use different approaches to answer scientific questions
  • Carry out simple tests
  • Organise objects or materials into groups
  • Name the main parts of plants and trees
  • Name the main parts of the body, including those related to the 5 senses
  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
  • Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
  • Describe how the weather varies with the season


Science Objectives – Year 2

  • Use simple equipment for observations
  • Link ideas and answers to observations
  • Collect information to help to answer scientific questions
  • Describe how some plants and animals are suited to different habitats
  • Describe how animals obtain food by eating plants or other animals
  • Describe the basic needs for plant growth (light, water, appropriate temperature)
  • Describe the basic needs of humans and other animals (water, food, air)
  • Describe different uses of materials according to their properties

Science Objectives – Year 3

  • Set up simple fair tests
  • Collect and present data from scientific experiments
  • Use results from experiments to draw simple conclusions or suggest improvements
  • Describe the main requirements for plant growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow)
  • Explain the  main stages of plant reproduction (pollination, fertilisation, seed dispersal)
  • Explain some functions of skeletons and muscles in animals
  • Identify the three main rock types and describe their properties
  • Notice that light is reflected from surfaces
  • Find patterns in the way that the sizes of shadows change.
  • Group materials according to their magnetic properties

Science Objectives – Year 4

  • Take accurate measurements using a range of scientific apparatus
  • Present findings using tables, graphs and charts as appropriate
  • Use straightforward evidence in support of ideas
  • Use a classification key to identify plants or animals
  • Describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans
  • Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.
  • Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases
  • Explain the main stages of the water cycle
  • Recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear
  • Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts

Science Objectives – Year 5

  • Plan scientific investigations, including controlling variables where appropriate
  • Record data using diagrams, keys, tables and a range of graphs
  • Report conclusions and explanations from scientific investigations
  • Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
  • Explain how mixtures can be separated through filtering, sieving and evaporating
  • Explain that some irreversible changes form new materials
  • Describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun
  • Explain day and night on earth, and the apparent movement of the Sun
  • Explain that gravity causes unsupported objects to fall towards the Earth
  • Identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction between moving surfaces

Science Objectives – Year 6

  • Use test results to design further investigations
  • Using simple models to describe scientific ideas
  • Identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.
  • Classify some plants, animals or micro-organisms, explaining the choices made
  • Explain the main parts and functions of the human circulatory system, including heart and blood vessels
  • Recognise that living things produce offspring which are not usually identical to their parents
  • Identify how adaptation of plants and animals over time may lead to evolution.
  • Explain that we see things which either give out or reflect light
  • Explain how the number of voltage of cells affects bulbs, buzzers or motors in a circuit
  • Use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.