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In Autumn 1, we will learn about light and shadows.

Our key questions are:

  • What is a light source and why do we need light to see?
  • How is light reflected from surfaces and why is it important to wear suitable things in poor visibility in order to be seen?
  • How does light travel?
  • Why can light from the sun be dangerous and how can I protect myself?
  • How is a shadow formed and what happens to an object the closer or further away it is from the light source?
  • How and why do shadows change length and position over a day?
  • What do the words opaque, transparent and translucent mean?

In Autumn 2, we will learn about rocks and soils.

Our key questions are:

  • What are rocks used for and why are they chosen for particular purposes?
  • What are the three different types of rock and how are they formed?
  • Which rocks are most hard wearing?
  • Which rocks are permeable?
  • What are the properties of different soil types and how is soil made?
  • Which soil is the most permeable?
  • What are fossils and how are they formed?


In Spring 1, we will learn about forces and magnets.

Our key questions are:

  • What is a magnet and what do we mean by repel and attract?
  • What materials are magnetic?
  • How strong are different magnets and what are magnets used for?
  • Set up simple and practical enquiry and record findings using bar charts.
  • What is the difference between some forces and what happens when forces are changed?
  • How do things move on different surfaces?
  • What is electromagnetism and who discovered it?

In Spring 2 and the Summer term, our topic is Animals Including Humans.

Our key questions are:

  • What bones make up a human skeleton?
  • What are the similarities and differences between the skeletons of humans and animals?
  • What are the skeleton types?
  • How do the muscles attached to my bones create movement?
  • Why is exercise important for my body?
  • What are the food groups and why is a balanced diet important?
  • How are nutrients, water and oxygen transported within animals and humans?