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Please see below for information about National Curriculum topics covered in Key Stage One.
Topic work incorporates science themes

Key Stage One

Skills to be acquired

Topics to be covered

Possible Cross Curricular Links


Asking simple Questions


Observing, using simple equipment


Performing simple tests


Identifying and classifying


Using observations and ideas to answer questions


Gathering and recording data


·       Identification of common wild and garden plants (including deciduous trees)

·       Identifying and describing basic parts of flowering plants and trees.




·       Observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants.

·       Find out and describe how plants need water, sunlight and a suitable temperature to grow.




Animals, including Humans(1):


·       Identify and name common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

·       Identify animals as carnivores, herbivores and omnivores

·       Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals.

·       Identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of a human and link which part of the body is associated with each sense.


Animals, including Humans(2):


·       Notice that animals have offspring which grow into adults

·       Find out about the basic needs of an animal

·       Describe the importance of exercise, diet and hygiene.





Living things and their habitats(2):


·       Compare the differences between things that are alive and those that are not.


·       Identify that most that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe what a habitat is.

·       Identify a variety of plants and animals in their habitat

·       Use ideas of a simple food chain.



Everyday materials(1):


·       Link objects with the material it is made from.

·       Identify and name a variety of different materials.

·       Describe simple properties of a material.

·       Compare and group materials based on their properties.



Uses of everyday materials(2):


·       Identify and compare the suitability of different materials to their use


·       Find out how the shapes of objects can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.


Seasonal Changes(1):


·       Observe changes across the four seasons.

·       Observe and describe the weather associated with each season and how the day varies.




Topic/Theme - Food and farming (Years 1 and 2)


Literacy – Traditional tales – Jack and the Beanstalk


Numeracy – Height and measurement


Art – observational drawing

Art - printing










Topic/Theme – ‘All about me’ (Year 1)


Literacy – Writing labels for diagrams and captions (information texts)








Topic/Theme – ‘My body fighting fit’ (Year 2)


PSHE – Hygiene


PE – circuits


Numeracy data handling (e.g. charting exercise test results)



Topic/Theme – ‘Houses’ (Years 1 and 2)


Literacy – Fairy tales


History – Victorians and their lifestyles








Topic/Theme – Great Fire of London


Literacy – descriptive writing, focus use of adverbs, adjectives and verbs.


Geography - recycling


Music – different types of tone



Literacy – Three little pigs – changing familiar stories  







Topic/Theme – A country focus


Literacy & ICT – Creating weather forecasts