Science in Year 1
In the first years of schooling, much of the science curriculum is based around real- life experiences for children.
This includes everyday plants and animals, as well as finding out about different materials and the four seasons.
There are likely to be lots of opportunities for exploring scientific ideas both in the classroom and the local surroundings.
Children are encouraged to carry out their own observations and experiments to further their scientific understanding.
In Year 1 this may include learning to:
Ask scientific questions
Carry out simple tests, and make observations
Collect information to answer questions
Group together objects according to their properties or behaviours
Plants and Animals
Name a selection of common plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees
Name the main parts of plants and trees, such as roots, stems, trunks and leaves
Name a variety of common animals, including mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians
Name some common animals which are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
Name the main parts of the human body, including those related to the five senses
Herbivores: animals which feed only on plants, e.g. rabbits Carnivores: animals which feed on other animals, e.g. eagles Omnivores: animals which eat both plants and animals, e.g. humans
Deciduous trees are those which lose their leaves in autumn, whereas evergreen trees – as the name implies – are those which retain their green colour all year round.
Recognise that objects are made of materials
Name some everyday materials such as wood, metal, glass and plastic
Describe some of the properties of materials, e.g. that wood is hard
Group together items based on the materials they’re made from, or their properties, for example by grouping heavy objects or shiny objects
Observe changes across the four seasons
Observe and describe how the day and weather changes with the seasons
There are always plenty of ways in which families can support children at home with science. There may be a
park or gardens near you which you can visit over the year and see how the flora changes with the seasons.
You may also be able to visit a farm or nature park which provides plenty of opportunity for discussing
the wide variety of the animal kingdom.