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What am I going to learn in Science?

What am I going to learn in Science?

Year One

This half-term Year One are learning about The Human Body. This Year 1 unit builds on the EYFS units ‘All about Me’ in Reception and Nursery. In the EYFS units, children looked closely at their bodies, named different parts of the body and thought about what our bodies can do. This unit reconnects to that prior learning by looking at the parts of the human body and their functions. Children then move on to study the eye in more detail, learning that scientists look closely at things to find out how they work. This is important disciplinary understanding that will grow as children progress through the curriculum. 


Year Two

This half-term, Year 2 are learning about The Human Body. Building on their understanding of the human body and senses from Year One, this year children will look at some systems that operate within our bodies, including the skeletal system, the muscular system, the digestive system and the circulatory system. Children will begin to understand the important scientific concept of interconnection and will recognise that a system is a group of parts that work together, in a connected way, to create a function.

Year Three

In this unit the children will be learning about The Human Body. In Year 2, children learnt about our muscular system and the role muscles play in helping us move. Building on this knowledge, in Year 3, children will learn about voluntary and involuntary muscles and their purpose.

Year Four

This half-term the children will study The Human Body. Using prior knowledge as a springboard to understand, children will return to the knowledge that some aspects of life on earth are too small to see. Building on their disciplinary knowledge, children will learn that some scientists study things under a microscope to see things in more detail than our eyes can see. This unit introduces cells as the building blocks that all living things are made of. Children will learn that cells inside our bodies make up tissue (e.g. muscle), which make up organs, which function in systems within our bodies.


Year Five

The children will be learning about The Human Body this half term. In this unit, building on their knowledge of how our bodies work and how we care for them, pupils will study the changes that happen to the human body from conception through to old age. Pupils will compare the different gestational periods of animals, including humans, and will understand that human infants need care and attention for many years before they are independent. They will consider growth stages and the features of these for animals and humans. Recognising that all living things have growth stages is important scientific knowledge that will support fundamental understanding of biology as children move through the KS2 curriculum and beyond.

Year Six

This half-term year six are learning about The Human Body. In this unit the children will build on their knowledge of the circulatory system from year 2. They will learn that William Harvey was a doctor who suggested the heart was at the centre of a circulatory system that moved blood around the body. They will learn that now; scientists and doctors know that the heart and blood vessels are parts of our circulatory system and that our circulatory and respiratory systems keep us alive.