St Edmund's RC Primary School

Queen Street, Little Hulton, Salford M38 0WH



0161 921 1940


EYFS Development Matters

Vision Statement

At St Edmund’s our Science curriculum nurtures children’s natural curiosity. Science enables children to explore and discover the world around them, confidently, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. Our exciting and stimulating lessons empower children to have practical and hands-on experiences which encourage their curiosity and questioning. At St Edmund’s we want all children to communicate effectively and work collaboratively in Science to allow them to achieve to the best of their individual ability.


The children in Nursery have been exploring different living things and how to care for them. They have had visits from different animals and had lots of discussions about them. 

The children have had some pumpkins in class this half term. They have observed how it has changed to develop an understanding  of growth, decay and changes overtime. They had a great time seeing how it had changed! 

Key Stage One

The children in Year 1 and 2 have been observing part of a life cycle in school. Some duck eggs were delivered in an incubator to school and they observed what happened over the next few days. Miss Smalley set up a camera so they could see the ducklings hatching overnight, it was very exciting! The children then had 6 ducklings to watch and care for over the next 2 weeks. 

This half term the children are learning all about 'plants'. They have planted some sunflower seeds and changed the amount of water and light each one has. They are excited to see what happens to them in the next few weeks! 

As part of their 'Materials' topic they became Scientists in Key Stage 1! They wanted to find out which material would be the best for an umbrella? They used lots of different materials and investigated by pouring water on them to see what would happen. They said the best material would be plastic or rubber! 

In Spring 1 our topic is all about 'Materials'. They all went on a materials hunt around school. In Year 1 they have talked about the different types of materials and their properties. In Year 2 they have also learnt about natural and man-made materials and looked at the differences between them. They then worked in teams to sort the materials into different groups. 

During Autumn 1 Year 1 enjoyed learning all about 'Seasonal Change'. They explored the four seasons and the differences between them all. We really enjoyed seeing the changes happening in Autumn. The children in Year 2 have been learning about 'Living things and their habitats'. They explored different habitats and why they are suitable for animals. 

Lower Key Stage Two

As part of our Spring 2 topic, Animals including Humans, Year 3/4 have explored the importance of keeping their teeth healthy and how to do so. The children have researched the main parts and functions of the digestive system and have also learnt about food chains.  The children have completed lots of practical activities individually, in pairs and in small groups.

Year 3/4 have been super busy during Spring 1.  They have completed lots of independent, partner and group work when grouping and classifying living things.  They have learnt how to use a classification key effectively as well as how to make their own.  The children also went on an invertebrate hunt where they spotted slugs, worms, spiders, woodlice as well as many other living things.

In Autumn 2 Year 3/4 recorded lots of different appliances that need electricity to work whilst working in groups. They also made some static electricity using balloons and had a go at creating simple circuits  using three different components.

In Autumn 1 Year 3/4 investigated solids and liquids.  They also carried out an investigation to discover whether air (gas) weighs anything.

Upper Key Stage Two

Wow, what a fantastic Summer term we have had in Year 6.  The children were able to take part in lots of practical activities during our Electricity topic.  The children learnt how to make simple and more complex circuits as well as add different electrical components.  They also displayed fantastic team working skills.

Year 6 have learnt about the topic Living things and their Habitats during Spring 2.  The children have researched how living things are classified and had the opportunity to have a go at classifying some living things themselves.  They have researched the work of the scientist Carl Linnaeus and discussed the importance of his work.   Year 6 carried out an investigation to find out which food yeast likes the most.  The children were surprised to discover that yeast likes sugar the best.  The children had opportunity to observe the living things around our school.  They have also learnt about helpful and harmful microorganisms.  

During Spring 1, Year 6 completed the Animals including Humans topic.  During this topic the children learnt how to keep their bodies healthy.  They learnt about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco as well as the benefits of a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise.  Year 6 carried out an investigation to find out what happens to their pulse when they exercise.  The children also completed their own research in order to make a healthy lifestyle leaflet.

During Autumn 2 Year 6 will be learning about light.  The children have already enjoyed investigating shadows.  They explored how to change the size and shape of shadows as well as find out which objects make the best shadows.

Also in Autumn 2 Year 6 explored how light can be reflected in order to change the direction in which it is travelling.  The children learnt that a periscope works by reflecting light from a mirror which then enters our eyes.  We are then able to see the object.  All the children showed great team work and produced some fantastic periscopes.

In Autumn 1 as part of the Evolution and Inheritance topic the children in Year 6 looked at selective and cross breeding.