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We have the Herstmonceux Science Centre close at hand, which we have visited on many occasions. It is good as a family outing too.

Year 6 recently enjoyed the Big Bang Science Show at Rye College, where they made ice cream, sat in an electric car, held snakes and bearded dragons and saw an ‘air show’.


In Reception science is taught as an integral part of the topic work during the year. Science makes a significant contribution to developing a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world.

Children will learn to:

  • Ask questions about why things happen and how they work
  • Look at similarities and differences
  • Look for patterns
  • Make observations about animals, plants, objects and their environment
  • Find out about technology and use programmes to help their learning

You can help at home by playing with your child and asking what they found out. Make a trip to the park or shops a chance for your child to find out about the world around them.


Topics covered in Year 1:

  • Plants
  • Animals, including humans
  • Everyday materials
  • Seasonal changes 

Topics covered in Year 2:

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Plants
  • Animals, including humans
  • Use of everyday materials

You can help at home by looking at everyday objects with your children and talking about what they are made of and why that material was used.

KEY STAGE 2 - YEARS 3, 4, 5 & 6

Topics covered in Year 3:

  • Plants
  • Animals, including humans
  • Rocks, soils and fossils
  • Light and shadows
  • Forces and magnets

Topics covered in Year 4:

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals, including humans
  • States of matter
  • Sound
  • Electricity

Topics covered in Year 5:

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals, including humans
  • Properties and changes of materials
  • Earth and space
  • Forces

Topics covered in Year 6:

  • Living things and habitats
  • Animals, including humans
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Light
  • Electricity

You can help at home by asking your children what they need to find out about and helping them research their topic at the library or on the Internet.


Herstmonceux Science Centre

BBC Bitesize - click on the key stage, then the subject you are interested in.

National Geographic Kids

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