Welcome back to Term Five


Science Subject Leader: Miss H Johnson

For any more information on Horton Kirby’s Science Curriculum, please contact the office.

As a core subject, children are able to learn in a variety of different ways about how the world works. We encourage our pupils to be curious about how things work and give them the skills to develop key knowledge of the application of science.


At Horton Kirby, our Science curriculum aims to inspire all children to build upon their natural curiosity to develop skills of scientific enquiry, questioning and experimenting to build an understanding of the world around them. They learn to appreciate the work of famous scientists from all cultures and points in history and how they have influenced and shaped the world today.

pupils writing in science books about heart rate facts at horton kirby primary
child using a makeshift hoverboard at Fizz Pop Science club at Horton Kirby primary


Our Science curriculum is taught through other topics such as History, Geography, and English as well as through more directly related topics like Maths and Computing. Pupils learn to be scientists by being encouraged to question, observe, classify, predict, create a fair test and draw conclusions. These are skills that are built upon over time and with repeated practical experiences to ensure that scientific understanding, skills and vocabulary are embedded over time. Pupils are taught science in a way that is inspiring and relevant to them.


Our local, natural environment allows children across the school to experience the natural world and natural processes which take place. Throughout the school, curiosity and investigation are actively encouraged and children are keen to ask questions and investigate. Children are excited about their learning and are effectively challenged and supported to reach their full potential. Children are conscientious and have respect for the world around them. Children are able to talk about their learning confidently, using scientific vocabulary and displaying long-term memory about key concepts. Curriculum monitoring shows that learning is comprehensive, and logically sequenced, with no gaps in teaching and learning.

children at horton kirby primary holding a bearded dragon in their science lesson

Science in Each Stage

At EYFS, pupils will show curiosity about objects, events and people by exploring, playing and engaging in new experiences around Science. Pupils will handle equipment and tools effectively while learning about animals, plants and vehicles.

Click the link below to view our EYFS and year 1 long-term plans:

Progression of EYFS to Key Stage 1

mixture of dinosaur toys for eyfs at horton kirby primary school

In KS1, pupils will explore the world around them, be able to ask relevant questions and set up simple practical equipment. Pupils will be able to identify, describe, compare and name a variety of common animals.

Click the link below to view our year 1 and year 2 long-term plans:

Progression of year 1 to year 2

girl experimenting with water and skittles during their science day at horton kirby primary school

In KS2, pupils will learn a range of different topics including plants, animals, humans, nutrition, fossils and more. This helps pupils to develop a deeper understanding of scientific ideas.

Click the link below to view our year 3 – 4 long-term plan and 5 – 6 long-term plan:

Progression of skills for Year 3 and Year 4

Progression of skills for Year 5 and Year 6


pupils setting up circuit to make lights work in science class at horton kirby primary school

Science Progression

At Horton Kirby, we develop our pupil’s Science understanding through essential skills; growing their depth of knowledge year on year. Through the use of ‘end of year expectations’, we are able to monitor their progress and allocate extra support and adaptations to the curriculum for pupils to maintain a strong Science education.

Progression from Year 1 to Year 6


Progression from KS1 to KS2


SEND Information

Our SEND and disadvantaged pupils are given the necessary support in class to fully access the supported Science curriculum. Learning is adapted where necessary to support SEND/EAL pupils to give equal opportunities for all to be confident in approaching any problems faced. Interventions, support and challenges are constantly revised and adapted to ensure all children are supported in achieving learning. The above areas are robustly and continuously monitored to ensure any gaps in learning are addressed. 

Science Extra Resources

For remote learning, please visit our remote learning page or contact our Head of Science for more information.