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The word science comes from the Latin “scientia” meaning knowledge. The definition of science is “knowledge attained through study or practice,” or “knowledge covering general truths of the operation of general laws, esp. as obtained and tested through scientific method [and] concerned with the physical world.”   For children, science is the exploration of the world around them through investigation.

Science is the study of the physical world, involving a collection of facts from observations, physical experiments and working scientifically (Living Processes, Materials, Physical Processes) from which children form ideas of their world.   Science has a heavy emphasis on investigation involving prediction, observation, testing and evaluation.

At Redbourn Junior School, we encourage children to actively learn, by developing their own investigations based on ideas given by the teacher, and their own ideas. These ideas will be increasingly founded in scientific knowledge and understanding.


Science Curriculum Map – 2017-2018







Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Working Scientifically

Year 3


Forces and Magnets



Animals, inc Humans

Year 4


Living things and their habitats


Animals, inc Humans

States of matter



Year 5



Properties and changes of materials


Earth and Space

Living things and their habitats

Animals, inc Humans

Year 6

Animals including Humans

Evolution and Inheritance

Living Things and Their Habitats



Working Scientifically objectives covered throughout the year, across all subject areas

Summer Term 2 Year 5 and 6 also cover Sex Education (linked with PSHCE)

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