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Schemes of Work

Science at key stages 1 and 2



Unit 1A. Ourselves
Unit 1B. Growing plants
Unit 1C. Sorting and using materials
Unit 1D. Light and dark
Unit 1E. Pushes and pulls
Unit 1F. Sound and hearing
Unit 2A. Health and growth
Unit 2B. Plants and animals in the local environment
Unit 2C. Variation
Unit 2D. Grouping and changing materials
Unit 2E. Forces and movement
Unit 2F. Using electricity
Unit 3A. Teeth and eating
Unit 3B. Helping plants grow well
Unit 3C. Characteristics of materials
Unit 3D. Rocks and soils
Unit 3E. Magnets and springs
Unit 3F. Light and shadows
Unit 4A. Moving and growing
Unit 4B. Habitats
Unit 4C. Keeping warm
Unit 4D. Solids, liquids and how they can be separated
Unit 4E. Friction
Unit 4F. Circuits and conductors
Unit 5_6H. Enquiry in environmental and technological contexts
Unit 5A. Keeping healthy
Unit 5B. Life cycles
Unit 5C. Gases around us
Unit 5D. Changing state
Unit 5E. Earth, Sun and Moon
Unit 5F. Changing sounds
Unit 6A. Interdependence and adaptation
Unit 6B. Micro-organisms (short unit)
Unit 6C. More about dissolving
Unit 6D. Reversible and irreversible changes (short unit)
Unit 6E. Forces in action
Unit 6F. How we see things (short unit)
Unit 6G. Changing circuits (short unit)

What is this scheme of work?

This scheme shows how the science programme of study for key stages 1 and 2 can be translated into manageable units of work.

The scheme is not statutory; you can use as much or as little as you wish. You could use the whole scheme or individual units. The sections on ‘using this scheme’ and ‘sequencing the units’ can help you to decide how you want to use the scheme.

The units are aimed at pupils who are attaining at levels that are broadly appropriate for their age. You may therefore need to adapt them to meet your pupils’ needs. The ‘Adapting units’ section provides guidance on doing this; we have also provided examples of how teachers adapted units.

You may also wish to combine these units with units from another subject. The ‘Combining units’ section gives information on exploiting powerful links between subjects.