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Science subject statement:


We have organised our science curriculum into four unique vertical themes of Being Human, Earth’s Origins, Local Habitats and Materials and Technology. These themes are designed to develop schemas that will allow our children to understand and interpret their world by building upon what is already known.  We have given careful thought to organising the National Curriculum for science so that it will make sense to our children through the broad scientific narratives of our four vertical themes.


We want our children to make sense of their world through the eyes of science. Our science teaching provides our children with a detailed and well thought out science curriculum with sequential scientific knowledge at its core. We have planned specific investigations to ensure that our children engage with the full range of science investigations. The four vertical scientific themes that form part of our whole school 3D curriculum, give our children depth and breadth of key scientific narratives that shape all of us and our world.


Our approach to teaching and learning at Ashcombe strives for knowledge acquisition that is remembered. This is the reason why we have ensured that learning objectives return to previous knowledge and build upon what is already known.  Our science curriculum has been planned with horizontal and diagonal links to our geography curriculum as we strive for coherence, promote remembering and build schema. These are the fundamental reasons for our whole school 3D curriculum.


We have given careful thought to providing local context to our science curriculum as we want our children to begin their understanding of our world by being enlightened by the immediate world on their doorstep. We want them to understand and value their local area. We want them to gain respect for the nature of which they are a part and understand both the positive and negative impact that they can have. As they and their world grows we want the initial spark of scientific discovery of their local area to ignite within them and stay with them for life as their world grows.


Our carefully selected whole school scientific themes and detailed prescriptive science units within each year group ensure that knowledge acquisition and investigation is never left to chance. Year group content is guaranteed. This guarantee of our 3D curriculum, developed by us, allows our teachers and learners to refer back to and build upon prior knowledge learnt and previous investigations in previous academic years, a powerful tool to acquire powerful scientific knowledge. Where possible we have built in what we believe is additional and essential knowledge that is pertinent to our children and their community, the world at large and the times we live in. We have designed our science curriculum to give our children what we believe is the most pertinent knowledge and how to find out about it in a scientific way.


Science Progression



Being Human

Earth’s Origins

Local habitats

Materials and Technology

Year 6

The circulatory system

Nutrient transportation

Diet, exercise, drugs & lifestyle


Light sources and the eye

Shadows & reflections

Evolution, inheritance and Charles Darwin

Classifying living organisms in our local woodland & marine habitats

Carl Linnaeus



Year 5



The circulatory system

Nutrient transportation


Sedimentary & Igneous rocks and local limestone

The Earth’s orbit, phases of the moon and constellations

Movement of the Earth and shadow formation

Evolution, natural selection and extinction

The Severn Estuary – the scientific processes at work in our local marine habitat

David Attenborough and BBC Bristol Natural History Unit

Properties & changes of material


Year 4

Bones and muscles



The digestive system


Sedimentary rocks, fossil formation and Mary Anning

The Earth, moon & the moon landings

Shadows and The Sun

Evolution & Genetic Inheritance

The scientific processes at work in Weston Woods

States of Matter



Year 3




Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks


The Earth & Solar System

Light sources, reflection and shadows

Evolution & Inheritance

Identifying local trees

Plant lifecycle, structure and function

Bee & insect pollination

The heritage of Weston Woods

Forces & Magnets


Year 2

The human life-cycle





Rocks, their properties & sedimentary rocks

The Solar System

Light sources and reflections

Introduction to Evolution & Inheritance

The seasons and weather patterns

Deciduous and evergreen trees

Plants and their lifecycle

Classifying animals

Our local woodland and coastal habitats

Food chains

Uses of everyday materials

Introduction to Electricity

Year1/ Foundation Stage

Body parts and senses


Igneous rocks

Fossils and dinosaurs

The Sun, Earth & Moon

Light & The Sun


Seasonal changes

Identifying plants and their parts

Deciduous trees and the seasons

Classifying animals

Tree habitats

Everyday materials

Introduction to forces

Using the senses to investigate sound