St Edmund's RC Primary School

Queen Street, Little Hulton, Salford M38 0WH



0161 921 1940


EYFS Development Matters

Subject Intent

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 and challenge their curiosity and questioning.  Community involvement is an integral part of our curriculum, inviting families to celebrate learning new skills and sharing experiences.  At St Edmund’s we want all children to communicate effectively, using their vocabulary and spoken skills, and work both as an independent thinker and collaboratively in Science to allow them to achieve to the best of their individual ability.

Here are some of the things we said about Science at St Edmund's:  

"If you want to learn new things then Science is always there for you."   "It helps us to learn and experiment."    "It's very interesting."    "It's fun because you learn new things." 


In Reception we have been investigating worms after looking at the story of 'Superworm'. We used magnifying glasses from our investigation box outside to get a better look.  Then we found a special magnifying jar to put a worm in. The children said "It looks bigger and bigger." They showed their friends where they found the worm and what to do with the tools. The children described the worm that they found and said "It's pink, brown, short, soft, wiggly." Some of the children recorded what they saw.

Key Stage One

The children in Year 1 and 2 have really enjoyed learning about plants. They have learnt about the different types of trees, deciduous and evergreen and they learnt about the parts of a plant. The children planted some sunflower seeds in different places and have observed what has happened to them over the half term. We found out that plants need water and some light to grow healthily. 


Lower Key Stage Two

During their 'Animals including Humans', Year 3 and 4 have been learning about nutrition and movement. They have been learning abut the different bones in our skeletons and how our muscles work together to help us move. The children made model elbow joints using elastic bands as muscles. It was very tricky, but they managed it in the end!


Upper Key Stage Two

During this half term, Year 5/6 have learned about Charles Darwin and Carl Linnaeus whilst studying Evolution and Inheritance.  The children have described environments and identified adaptions of canopy-dwelling and floor-dwelling monkeys.  The children worked in groups to order natural selection cards of a toucan population as well as identifying statements about primates. 

Online Resources

Here are some links to some websites that may help you to be Scientists at home! 


The Children's University has lots of information and activities.


National Geographic Kids has some fantastic facts for you to learn. 


The Science Museum website is full of information and games.


BBC Bitesize has lots of facts, videos and games for Scientists.