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Year 1

Working Scientifically (Key Concepts)

  • Ask simple questions about what they notice.
  • To understand the difference between observing and looking i.e. level of detail required.
  • Observe closely using simple equipment, e.g. magnifying glass, egg timers, stopwatches and non-standard measurements. 
  • Follow instructions to complete a simple test individually or in a group, e.g. material absorbing a spilled liquid, appropriate material for a roof.
  • Compare and contrast familiar plants and animals and decide how to group them.
  • Sort and group objects, materials and living things according to their physical properties.
  • Talk about their findings and explain what they have found out in order to help answer questions, e.g. class discussions of findings and what it shows, modelled filling out table.
  • Explain, with help, what they think they have found out, e.g. Class discussions to explore findings and how to interpret the data.


Animals including Humans 

  • Identify and name a variety of common animals including fish,  amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
  • Identify and name a variety of common animals that are  carnivores, herbivores
  • and omnivores.
  • Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals including pets).
  • Identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.


Seasonal Changes

  • Observe changes across the 4 seasons.
  • Observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.



  • Identify and name a variety of common, wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees.
  • Identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees.


Everyday Materials

  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.
  • Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal,  water, and rock.
  • Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials.
  • Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple   physical properties.

Log of House Points

  • Maple 2554
  • Beech 2477
  • Oak 2648