Science at Haddenham Community Junior School enables exciting and practical opportunities for children to learn about the world around them. Children love a chance to learn by being hands-on. We encourage children to ask questions out of curiosity, for example, how does our body function? How does it rain?

Learning to think logically and solve problems links Science to other core subjects such as maths and ICT. Children can investigate problems and use their enquiry skills and technological resources to find out how things work. We also link our science learning with Learning Outside the Classroom. Finding out how to conserve Natural Resources. All aspects of the environment have a deep impact on our lives and the children learn about conservation as well as survival skills and healthy living.

Our science is taught, where possible, within a larger topic to encourage children to link Science to the wider World. We hope to inspire them to have a love of STEM and see the potential careers it could lead them to in the future.


Science Principles:

Our Science Curriculum:

Year 3

  • Plants (life cycles)

  • Animals including humans (nutrition, skeleton and muscles)

  • Rocks (fossils and soils)

  • Light (reflection and shadows)

  • Forces and magnets (magnetic materials, attracting and repelling).




Year 4

  • Animals including humans (digestive system, teeth and food chains)

  • Living things and habitats (classification keys)

  • States of matter (changes of state, evaporation and condensation)

  • Sound (vibration, pitch and volume)

  • Electricity (simple circuits, insulators and conductors).

 Year 5
  • Animals including humans (human development from birth to old age)

  • Living things and their habitats (life cycles and reproduction in humans and plants)

  • Properties and changes of materials (dissolving, separating materials, reversible and irreversible changes)

  • Forces (gravity, air resistance, water resistance, friction)

  • Earth and Space (Earth, Sun and Moon, the solar system).

Year 6

  • Animals including humans (circulatory system, diet and exercise, healthy living)

  • Living things and their habitat (classification, characteristics of plant and animal groups)

  • Light (how it travels, how we see, shadows)

  • Electricity (voltage and power in circuits, circuit components, symbols and diagrams)

  • Evolution and inheritance (how living things have changed over time, fossils, dinosaurs, adaptation to environment).