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Science at Rosehill


Science for children at Rosehill Infants School means exploring, discovering and investigating. We aim to provide the children with a scientific knowledge base whilst asking questions, making predictions and then testing them in order to discover more about the world around them. Our curriculum is based on Cornerstones projects, tailored to the needs and interests of our children. This planning framework enables us to cover the National Curriculum objectives and embed cross-curricular skills. 

Children at Rosehill have a natural curiosity  and we build on this through providing exciting

 and engaging lessons. These activities help children gather the experience they need to understand the world in which we live. Children engage in practical investigations linked to our topic work with lots of 'hands-on' activities. They develop the skills of observing and recording information accurately. The principles of prediction and fair testing are also introduced. Pupils work together to explore, investigate and reason, in a collaborative and inclusive environment. We are very fortunate to have the grounds  of Arboretum Park including a pond, gardening area and brand new Forest Schools provision to enrich our studies.


Children are encouraged to appreciate and protect the environment and explore the wonder of the world around us.



Mrs Wheeler is the Science Lead.

Science in the Foundation Stage


Science will be a key part of the curriculum for your child's entire school career. At Rosehill we get them off to a flying start in the Foundation Stage. Science is introduced indirectly through activities that encourage your child to explore, problem solve, observe, predict, think, make decisions and talk about the world around them. Early Years science also helps children with skills in other Foundation Stage areas of the national curriculum.

Knowledge and understanding of the world


Children explore creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments. They observe and manipulate objects and materials to identify differences and similarities. For example, they may look at an egg whisk, sand, paper and water to learn bout things that are natural and man-made and their different functions. Children also learn to use their senses, feeling dough or listening to sounds in the environment, such as sirens or farm animals. 

Your child will be encouraged to ask questions about why things happen and how things work, for example, they might open a mechanical toy to see how it works. They will also be asked questions about what they think will happen.

Science in key stage 1


'Working scientifically' underpins all learning- it is a continual approach in all science units. During years 1 and 2, pupils are taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills.


  • asking simple questions and recognising 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 questions


Below is an overview of the expected coverage of science in Key Stage 1.

The units are not prescript and can be taught in any order during the year.



The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Year 1

Working Scientifically



Animals including humans

Everyday materials

Seasonal Changes

Year 2

All living things and their habitats


Animals including humans

Use of everyday materials

Science progression of skills in KS1

Science Curriculum Intent

Useful Science websites for children to access from home, some of the content in these websites is also used by staff at the school.



The children are provided with many enrichment opportunities as we believe they benefit immensely from these.  They have enjoyed visits from theatre groups who teach science through mini productions such as finding out about space and the planets. The children have also enjoyed learning science from beyond the school grounds, with trips to the farm and the local park. See below for pictures!!

Science CPD - teachers are learners too!

STEM Day November 2019

Science Week 2018

Outdoor learning fun

At Rosehill we run a yearly science week that is exceedingly popular with children across the whole school. It covers a different area of science and often investigates elements that are not covered by the curriculum.

Science weeks are always busy for all, parents, staff and children!!! Children are provided with lots of varied scientific opportunities. We invite visitors into school to carry out some work with the children, they provide fun, interactive learning experiences for all year groups.



Parents were invited into school to join in with some Science!!!