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Nursery
  • Understanding the world
  • Notice detailed features in the environment
  • Comment on what they find in the natural environment
  • Care & concern for living things
  • Talk about changes (growth, decay, changes over time)
  • Begin to ask questions about places
Reception
  • Comment and ask questions about the natural world
  • Discuss things they've observed such as plants, animals, natural & found objects
  • Show care for living things and the environment
  • Look at similarities / differences in relation to objects, materials and living things
  • Observe animals & plants
  • Discuss changes
Y1
  • Testing - asking questions, observation, performing simple tests, interpreting observations and data
  • Plants - identifying plants and flowers, differences in evergreen and deciduous trees, structure of plants
  • Animals - identifying and describing common fish, mammals etc
  • Senses
  • Labelling basic parts of the body
  • Materials - identifying materials, describing properties, comparing and grouping
  • Weather - the four seasons and the weather associated with them
  • Day length
Y2

Working scientifically:

  • Ask simple questions
  • Perform simple tasks
  • Identify and classify into different groups
  • Use observations & ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Gather and record data to help answer questions

Animals (inc humans)

  • Identify animals that are carnivore or herbivore
  • Life cycle (chicks/frogs)
  • Find out & describe basic needs for survival (water, food, air)
  • Describe importance for humans to exercise, eat right foods, hygiene)

Living things and their habitat

  • Identify that most things live in habitats to which they are suited and how they provide basic needs
  • Identify & name plants and animals in their habitat (inc micro habitat)
  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals (on land, in sea)

Plants

  • Observe and describe how seeds/plants grow
  • Find out and describe why plants need water, light, suitable temperature to grow / stay healthy

Materials

  • Identify and compare the suitability of different materials (wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, card, paper) for a particular use
  • Find out about the shape of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching

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