The good thing is teachers expect your child to have fun! In my experience, science in year 1 is all about hands-on practical activities and investigations and your child is expected to get stuck in.
If you want to help them with science at home, be prepared for mess, but also make sure you know what they’re expected to know and be able to do, too.
The year 1 science curriculum is divided into 5 areas:
- Work scientifically
- Animals including humans
- Everyday materials
- Seasonal changes
Here’s the detail:
This describes the way in which your child needs to approach science and the skills they need to develop.
|Ask simple questions e.g. What would happen if I kept a plant in the dark? How can I keep warm in winter?|
|Observe closely using simple equipment e.g. magnifying glass|
|Perform simple tests e.g. which cloth is better at clearing up spills|
|Identify and classify|
|Use observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions|
|Gather and record data to help in answering questions|
|Identify and name a variety of plants (including trees)|
|Identify and describe the basic structure of flowering plants (including trees)|
ANIMALS INCLUDING HUMANS
|Identify and name animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals|
|Identify and name a variety of animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores|
|Compare the structure of a variety of animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets)|
|Draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense|
|Name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock|
|Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday material|
Compare and group materials
|Observe changes across the four seasons|
|Observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies|
How to help:
Click here to read our Top 5 tips for helping with year 1 science
Stay ahead and keep informed about what your child will be learning in science this year with our FREE Year 1 science one-pager. Stick it on the fridge or the wall! To get it, click here.