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Thornton Primary School Science Curriculum Document

Science 2023


Year 1 have been learning about seasonal changes this term. The children have observed how both the weather and our local habitat changes as we move from autumn to winter.


Year 2 have enjoyed learning about uses of everyday objects including wood, plastic, metal, glass, brick, paper and cardboard. The children enjoyed exploring how objects made of some everyday materials can change shape and how recycling allows us to reuse some everyday materials lots of times.


Whilst in Years 3, 4 and 5 have been learning all about animals including humans. Our bodies are truly amazing! Year 6 were treated to an afternoon of science with Dr. Bodman. They learnt about solids, liquids and gases, testing the pH of household liquids and made ice cream in a bag. We even got to watch Dr Bodman use liquid nitrogen and dry ice!


Thornton Primary School have been busy in their Science lessons this term. This year we also have two new Science Ambassadors in Year 6 who have been busy creating a Science display of all our Science work in the hall.


Reception have been using their senses to explore the world and Year 1 and Year 2 have been learning about animals including humans. Year 3 have been exploring forces and magnets and Years 4, 5 and 6 have been learning about living things and their habitats. Here are some pictures of what we have been up to!


British Science Week 2022


Thornton Primary School participated in British Science Week. This year the theme was ‘Growth’. We carried out a whole school investigation into caring for and growing sunflowers. Here is what each year group has been doing!


-        Reception looked after and cared for sunflowers. They also planted their own dwarf sunflower to take home!

-        Year 1 investigated whether sunflowers need soil to grow. They planted sunflowers in soil, sand and a mixture of soil and sane.

-        Year 2 investigated what sunflowers need to grow. They planted sunflowers to grow in their classroom window and also one to grow in the dark in a cupboard.

-        Year 3 investigated whether the size of the pot will affect its growth. They planted sunflowers in small and large pots.

-        Year 4 investigated whether temperature affects growth. They planted sunflowers in warm and cold conditions.

-        Year 5 investigated whether different types of soil would affect how their sunflowers grow.

-        Year 6 investigated whether sunflowers grow better with fertiliser.


We are all looking forward to observing our investigations over the next few weeks and seeing what happens! In the meantime, here are some of our poster competition entries for you to look at.

Summer 2021


There has been some more wonderful Science learning this term. The children have enjoyed taking part in British Science Week 2021 where they explored 'bubbles and biscuits' throughout the week. There were investigations into how many times you can dip different types of biscuits before they break and investigations to see how to make the most bubbles. Children used the same amount of water and bubble mixture and tested four different methods (stirring with a spoon, a fork, using a hand whisk and blowing through a straw).  


As part of our weekly Science lessons, we have been learning lots on new things. Some children have been exploring different conductors when making circuits while some have been testing which rocks are permeable and allow water to pass through them. 

Autumn Term 2020-21 Science 


There have been lots of fantastic Science activities happening throughout the school during the Autumn term. Each class has been focusing on different aspects of ‘Scientific Enquiry’. Take a look at what each class has been doing!


Reception have participated in lots of activities to explore their different senses.


Year 1 have been looking at the similarities and differences of life cycles. They have learnt about the life cycle of a butterfly, frog, bee, sunflower, apple tree and sea turtle.


Year 2 have been looking at the importance of a balanced diet. They grouped foods into those we should eat a lot of, those we should eat some of and those we should eat little.


Year 3 have been investigating magnets and testing different materials to see if they are magnetic. 


Year 4 have carried out an investigation to see which drink damages teeth the most. They placed eggs into coke, apple juice, water and milk!


Year 5 have been classifying living things. They used secondary resources to research mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians.


Year 6 have classified living things using the Linnaean classification system. They have also produced graphs to display data about the growth of babies.

                                    British Science Week 2020



Reception explored their sense of touch using a feely bag and different materials with various textures. They had to guess which material was inside the feely bag using their sense of touch alone.


Year 1

Year 1 investigated rain clouds. They looked at different types of weather across the world and explored how rain clouds are formed. They used shaving foam and blue coloured water to visualise how clouds fill up with water before rain pours onto land.


Year 2

Year 2 have been celebrating the diversity of humans. They have been comparing their weight, height, eye colour, shoe size, hair colour and type, eye sight and whether they can curl their tongue!


Year 3/4

Year 3/4 have experimented with planting beans. They discussed whether beans will grow better inside a greenhouse or in the natural air. They made predictions and used plastic bags to create mini greenhouses in the classroom. We are looking forward to seeing the results!


Year 4/5

Year 4/5 have been researching scientists. First of all they drew their idea of a scientist and then chose a scientist to research using iPads. They then drew pictures of the scientist they had chosen to research and presented some of these in our Science assembly.


Year 6

Year 6 have been investigating recycling. They estimated the percentage of waste from Mr Barton-Harvey’s kitchen which could and could not be recycled. They then sorted the items using the packaging details and produced pie charts to show their findings.


Also, well done to the winners of the homework poster competition! We will be sending them off to the British Science Association in the hope that an entry from Thornton Primary School wins a prize…

This week we had our first robotics club. Children from KS2 were invited to join our club to work in teams to design and program a robot to move over the surface of Mars. Each group will have their robot entered into the national competition.

Year 3 have been exploring the properties of rocks to help to classify them into igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic rocks. We tested the hardness of rocks as well as the permeability. We observed using microscopes to see if the rocks contained crystals.

A comparative test to observe the permeability of soil samples from across the country - Cumbria, Northumberland and Leicestershire. We made our results reliable by using the same amount of water for each soil and made initial observations as well as observations after 5 minutes.

Year 3 made a dissected model to show the layers the Earth then used PicCollage to make a labelled diagram of their model.

Y4/5 and Y6 have spent the Spring term investigating gravity. They started by learning about gravity and its discovery, as well as other forces such as air resistance. They measured different items in Newtons using a force measure. Children then got the chance to design their own parachutes and learnt about how air resistance acts upon parachutes.