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Hilltop First School and Foundation Stage


The Science curriculum at Hilltop aims for pupils to work collaboratively and creatively to develop their understanding of the world around us and the wider universe. Our lessons are based on curiosity and pupil lead learning which helps to encourage them to think and act like scientists. Opportunities are provided for pupils to work on the skill of making predictions and to develop their ability to explain ideas/answers; to interpret and analyse scientific evidence.


Science is planned using Hamilton Trust resources, although this is adapted per year group. Science is planned on a two year rolling curriculum. Lessons are taught weekly for at least an hour. Double page spreads at the end of each unit are used to formally assess pupil’s knowledge. This form of assessment allow pupils to creatively explain their learning through the use of writing and images. It guides pupils to reflect on their learning, knowledge and skills while helping teachers to see what long term memories have been created.


From exploratory play in the early years through to planning and conducting experiments in KS2, pupils make scientific links throughout their school life at Hilltop.

Key Stage 1 Topics

Year A

Everyday materials: Brilliant Builders

Seasonal changes: Wild Weather

Animals including humans:

Wild and Wonderful Creatures

Living things and their habitats: 

Food Chains

Plants: Art and Nature

Plants: Growing Things
Year B

Materials: Brilliant Builders

Materials: Exploring Changes

Animals including humans:

Amazing Me

Seasonal changes: Weather Art

Living things and their habitats: 

Habitats and Homes

Animals including humans: 

People and their Pets


Key Stage 2 Topics

Year A

Rocks: identifying rocks and understanding how fossils are formed

Animals including humans: learning about human digestion, teeth and the lives of predators and prey


Light: how light travels, reflects, mirrors and how shadows are formed

Living things and their habitats: understanding adaptions, climate change and waste

States of matter: solids, liquids and gas, exploring evaporation, condensation and the water cycle
Plants: understanding parts of a flower, reproduction and pollination

Year B

Forces and Magnets: magnetic fun and games

Living things and their habitats: a world of living things

Plants: greatly green growers
Sound: sounds spectacular

Electricity: electric personalities 
Animals including humans: fit for success