At Shottermill Infant School, we aim to inspire and nurture the children’s natural curiosity for Science and the ever-changing world around them. Science is a crucial part of our daily lives and we strive to engage and challenge the children’s thinking, giving them opportunities to further their own learning and ensure the progress of their scientific thought.

Children will acquire and develop skills through a well-planned, engaging and practical science curriculum.

We ensure that the skills to ‘Work Scientifically’ are developed across the year groups so that the children become confident:

  • Using a range of scientific equipment.
  • Conducting experiments and understanding the importance of fair testing.
  • Asking and answering questions about the things they notice.
  • Explaining scientific concepts using appropriate vocabulary.
  • Making careful observations.

Some science concepts will be taught as standalone sessions, but wherever possible, science will be incorporated into carefully chosen topics and themes throughout the year.





The teaching and implementation of science is based on the programmes of study set out in the ‘Understanding the world’ section of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the ‘Science’ section in the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum. The subject knowledge in thes


e frameworks is delivered through the chosen topics by each year group and the ‘working scientifically’ skills are taught by linking them to this subject content wherever possible.

As a school, we ensure scientific vocabulary is incorporated into science lessons and teachers know what vocabulary is relevant and necessary for their teaching topics. Similarly, questions to support the different areas of the science curriculum are presented to the children during science lessons.

In addition, the children are given access to objects or standalone experiments that ignite their interest and encourage the use of questions and scientific vocabulary. All classes are encouraged to go out into the school grounds to observe the natural world

 and talk about what they notice around them. For example, we are lucky to have a pond area and allotment within the school grounds. Children observe the changing seasons with regular visits to the apple tree, pond and vegetable patch in year R.

At Shottermill Infant School, we recognise the importance of extra-curricular opportunities to further develop the children’s science knowledge and skills. We offer school trips as well as welcoming many topic related visitors (e.g. ZooLab, The Planetarium, Wisley Gardens, the Hedgehog visit.) 

Science is taught weekly, allowing children to develop their knowledge and skills effectively whilst also maintaining knowledge from previous learning. At the beginning of each Science lesson, previous knowledge and vocabulary is revisited through games or quick recap activities. Key vocabulary is also displayed in class on working walls. Children record their learning in their Science books.





Measuring the impact of children’s learning is an ongoing activity at Shottermill Infant School. Judgement of the children’s progress is based on day-to-day evidence gathered from classroom activities, as well as evidence taken from summative, end of term tasks.

To determine whether a child has met the set learning objectives in a lesson or deciding if a child has met the statutory end-of-key stage 1 standards, we use a range of evidence: 

  • Pupils’ recordings of, and responses to their practical science work.
  • Teacher records or notes about a pupil’s science work.
  • Answer to questions during lesson time or science quizzes.
  • Summative tasks set by the teacher.


Working Scientifically

Throughout our science curriculum we offer the opportunity for all children to work scientifically. We encourage pupils to be inquisitive and ask and answers questions about the world around them. We provide opportunities to spend time making observations and use scientific equipment, to perform simple tests and draw their own conclusions. We offer opportunities for children to reflect on and record their findings drawing conclusions on what they have seen.


Science Yearly Overview

Year Group

Autumn 1st Half

Autumn 2nd Half

Spring 1st Half

Spring 2nd Half

Summer 1st Half

Summer 2nd Half


Sorting vegetables.

Observing changes to porridge.

Looking at how some leaves and tress change.

Clothes for cold weather: comparing fabrics.

Observing the wildlife garden.

Electricity exploration – torch making.


Night and day.

Floating and sinking.

 Australian animals

 Observing the wildlife garden.

Plants – broad beans.

Mini-beasts and the life-cycles of a butterfly.

Sea mammals.

Investigating magnetic paper clips

Rivers around the world.

 Investigating ducks.

Observing the wildlife garden.

Year 1

Our Bodies

Trees and

Seasonal Changes 

Everyday Materials and Eco-Science

Everyday Materials



Year 2

Uses of everyday materials.

Uses of everyday materials.


Living things and habitats.


Animals including Humans

Scientific enquiry:

-        Bridges (fair test)

-        King’s rink

-        Catapults.


The Progression of Science across the school.

This shows the progression of Science from Reception to Year 2. 


The Progression of Scientific Vocabulary across the school.

This shows the progression of language from Reception to Year 2. 


Year One Topic Mats

These topic mats have key vocabulary and facts to support your child's learning. 

Year One Animals Including Humans 

Year One Everyday Materials

Year One Plants

Year One Seasons


Year Two Topic Mats

These topic mats have key vocabulary and facts to support your child's learning. 

Year Two Animals including Humans 

Year Two Living Things and their Habitats

Year Two Plants


Knowledge Organisers

The knowledge organisers show what the children will be learning and how this builds upon their previous and future learning. 

Year One


Plants and Animals 

Year Two


Plants and Animals 


Science Learning Links for children!

National Marine Aquarium

Home Learning Sessions | Ocean Education | National Marine Aquarium (

Virtual Tour of the Science Museum

Virtual tour of the Science Museum | Science Museum

2021 Bird Watch

Big Garden Birdwatch | The RSPB

Live Bird Webcams

Live Nest Box Webcams | CJ Wildlife (

World Wildlife Fund

Earth Hour Schools | WWF


Nature Activities for Kids | Fun & Learning - The RSPB

The Pod

The Pod | Pod Games (

Wow Science!

Home | WowScience - Science games and activities for kids

BBC Bitesize

KS1 Science - England - BBC Bitesize

Virtual Tour of NASA

Mission Operations - 360-Degree Virtual Tour | NASA

Woodland Trust

Activities - Woodland Trust (

The Royal Institution

ExpeRimental | The Royal Institution: Science Lives Here (

Science Homework Help

Science facts and information for kids (

Marwell Zoo

Days out in Hampshire | Family day out near me | Marwell Zoo

Winchester Science Centre

Winchester Science Centre | Home

Contact Us

Shottermill Infant School, Lion Lane, Shottermill, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 1JZ

01428 642902