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Science at Fox Hill is taught mostly through half-termly Science weeks although if Science fits into our topics, we will teach it throughout the term. Our regular Science weeks enable Science to become cross-curricular, with it being used in English, Maths and even Art lessons.

In June 2018, Fox Hill received the following message from the Executive Producer of the BBC's Terrific Scientific initiative:

I am delighted to inform you that as a result of the hard work and dedication of your pupils, we are awarding Fox Hill Primary School ‘School of Excellence’ status. This award is supported by the Primary Science Quality Mark and the BBC.

We are presenting you with our Terrific Scientific ‘School of Excellence’ digital emblem, attached to this email, which you can use on your website, letterheads, social media or anywhere else you want to show it off! We hope you will display the certificate with pride.

Obviously, this is fantastic news and recognises all of the fantastic Science work going on throughout the school!


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We follow the National Curriculum guidance for the Science topics which are covered in each year-group - see the document below.


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2 (During National Science Week)

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1


Seasonal Changes (Summer/Autumn focus)


Animals, including humans (taught over 2 weeks)




Seasonal Changes (Winter->Spring focus)


Seasonal Changes (Summer focus)


Everyday Materials(taught over 2 weeks)


Year 2



All living things and their habitats (taught over 2 weeks in Aut 2)





Animals, including humans


Use of Everyday materials (taught over 2 weeks)


Year 3





Forces and Magnets



Forces and Magnets






Animals, including humans


Year 4

Animal, including humans


Animal, including humans




States of Matter


All Living Things




Year 5

Earth and Space




Properties & Changes of Materials


Properties & Changes of Materials


All Living Things


Animals, including animals


Year 6

Evolution & inheritance


All Living Things


Animals including humans






Working Scientifically



Working Scientifically Programme of Study – statutory requirements

Year 1 and 2

During years 1 and 2, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

* asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways

* observing closely, using simple equipment

* performing simple tests

* identifying and classifying

* using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions

* gathering and recording data to help in answering question

Year 3 and 4

During years 3 and 4, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

* asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them

* setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests

* making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers

* gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions

* recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables

* reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions

* using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions

* identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes

* using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings

Year 5 and 6

During years 5 and 6, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

*planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables * taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate

* recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs

* using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests

* reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations

*identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments

Year One
Year Two
Year Three
Year Four

Year 4 Science Week - October 2018

The children had fun learning about the Digestive System in humans.  The practical lesson enabled the children to "see" and "feel" what happens to food once inside the body.  Most children took part in the "Two Minutes" teeth brushing challenge and checked the effectiveness of their techniques using disclosing tablets.

Practical lessons

Practical lessons 1
Practical lessons 2
Practical lessons 3
Practical lessons 4
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Year Five

October 2018 - Forces:

Our first Science Week focussed on Forces. As our current topic is Space, we looked in depth at gravity and wrote our own explanation texts. Throughout the week we conducted a variety of different experiments testing resistance, friction and balancing forces. We ensured we wrote our investigations thoroughly, creating graphs to support our conclusions. 

Year Six