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The National Curriculum for Science in Year 1

Sc1/1    Working Scientifically


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:

Sc1/1.1    asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways

Sc1/1.2    observing closely, using simple equipment

Sc1/1.3    performing simple tests

Sc1/1.4    identifying and classifying

Sc1/1.5    using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions

Sc1/1.6    gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.


Sc1/2.1    Plants

Sc1/2.1a    identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees

Sc1/2.1b    identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees

Sc1/2.2    Animals including humans

Sc1/2.2a    identify and name a variety of common animals including, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals

Sc1/2.2b    identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores

Sc1/2.2c    describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals including pets)

Sc1/2.2d    identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.


Sc1/3.1    Everyday materials

Sc1/3.1a    distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made

Sc1/3.1b    identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock

Sc1/3.1c    describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials

Sc1/3.1d    compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties



Sc1/4.1    Seasonal Changes

Sc1/4.1a    observe changes across the 4 seasons

Sc1/4.1b    observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.