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Hillborough Infant and Nursery School provides a Science curriculum that is embedded through our creative topics. Teachers encourage pupil’s natural curiosity for exploration, through purposeful practical Science. We aim to nurture scientific enquiry skills that are not only a key aspect of the Science curriculum, but essential skills for learning across the curriculum.

At Hillborough Infant and Nursery School we teach and explore Science through our topic based learning questions. This allows children to generate their own questions, lead their own science investigations and use scientific language to explain what their findings.


Science at Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

In the early years’ pupils will explore the world around them. They will be encouraged to investigate questions they have about what they observe and use appropriate scientific language to explain what they find out. Pupils will be provided with exciting opportunities to observe natural and man-made phenomena. For example, when learning about life cycles of living things, pupils will witness first-hand the life cycle of ducks hatching and can explore how animals and humans change as they grow.

Teachers in the Early Years aim to build a foundation of skills required to broaden pupil’s scientific thinking. Pupils will be encouraged to use exploratory skills by introducing scientific equipment through play-based activities, for example using magnifying glasses to observe fruit and vegetables and for extracting seeds for planting. 



Science at Key Stage One (KS1)

Building on the enquiry skills learnt in EYFS, KS1 pupils are encouraged to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. This is supported by our rich topic based learning questions that guide pupils’ scientific thoughts about the world we live in. Opportunities for enquiry is rooted in cross curricular activities and challenges. Pupils are also taught about the possibilities of science and are encouraged to be curious. Through this, children will develop their scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding. They will have the opportunity to plan experiments, look at their findings and from this decide what to investigate next. Pupils are exposed to a rich scientific vocabulary and are encouraged to use this language to communicate what they have found orally and in writing.


Autumn Term 


Year R

We will observe and describe the weather change in Autumn. We will investigate a collection of materials with similar and or different properties. We will use our senses in hands-on exploration of natural materials. We will make observations and talk about the natural world of plants and animals.


Year 1

We will identify and label the parts of the human body. We use our senses to explore and ask questions about the world around us. We will observe anything that affects scientific investigations. We will research and classify common animals including their diet.


 Year 2

We will research and use standard units of measure to report changes in the body during exercise. We will investigate what a balanced diet is and explore the importance of hygiene. We will investigate and classify the basic needs of animals and humans, and research how animals and humans have offspring which grow into adults.