At Sarisbury Infant School we encourage all children to become ‘Wondering Walters’ as they develop their scientific thinking from early years onwards. Sarisbury Infant school has wonderful school grounds and ‘hands-on’ classrooms that allow children to develop in an environment which is rich with scientific opportunities. All children also benefit from using Holly Hill to further enhance their learning. Where better to learn about plants and animals than actually standing amongst them!


Key Stage 1


The science national curriculum is delivered throughout key stage 1 using the Hampshire planning model. This introduces children to their scientific understanding using a ‘key idea’ which teachers integrate into their topic based learning.


Key Idea






Animals (inc humans)





Variation & Evolution


Organisms & their habitats


Describing materials

Changing materials


Teachers aim to make science learning as exciting and relevant as possible using topics to hook the children into their learning. This could be anything from English traditional tales, such as Jack and the Beanstalk to investigate if plants can grow from any bean, though to more science based topics such as pet and pretending to be vets to give advice on how an overweight dog might become healthier.


Scientific Enquiry


Children are encouraged to apply their science knowledge through their own scientific enquiry. This may start with them setting out to answer their own question within a topic: I wonder why Polar Bears do not live in Holly Hill? Or a Teacher led question: Which of these materials would be the best to make a jacket to keep a teddy bear dry? Why? These enquiries are carried out using practical activies and children are asked to start noticing patterns and differences to help explain their thinking. As they progress through the school they will begin to record their observations and try to explain what they found out.


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In addition to the resources in the environment children are encouraged to use practical resources to help them measure, magnify, photograph, collect and sort.


To gain scientific knowledge children also use a variety of secondary resources. These include books from our extensive library, iPads and computers as well as the many experts who come in to further enhance their learning.


Assessment & Tracking


Progression is tracked through key stage one based on the end of key statements. Both subject knowledge and scientific thinking are tracked over the two years. Children working at the appropriate level are recorded as being at ‘The Expected Standard’ in science for Key Stage One.


Science is Fun!


In addition to regular subject time or child led topic interest, Sarisbury Infant school also offers further enhancements to develop a lifelong love of learning science. This includes a lunchtime science club, a joint science day with Sarisbury Junior School and a Science Week which is part of a national event. During this week we invite STEM ambassadors into school to show science ‘in action’.


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If you have a ‘Wondering Walter’ or an ‘Enthusiastic Eddie’ at home who likes to ask ‘why?’ you might like to try to the following places to provide further information and learning opportunities.


Places to go:

Don’t forget all of the other science on the door step: woodlands, sea shore or even a grass field (please follow all safety guidance around different plants and animals).


Things to try:

To help answer questions: