Science – Investigation

Subject Key Objective Progression & Development by Year Groups

The following is a guide to help you understand your child’s progression through school.

All lessons are differentiated. This means teachers plan activities that enable the objective to be learned by all children including those who will find the objective challenging, those children who with hard work will secure good progress and those children who can tackle extra stretch and challenge in this subject.

Science – Investigation – Primary Curriculum


Science – Investigation – Foundation stage:

To begin to ask simple questions.


Science – Investigation – Year 1:

To ask simple questions.


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Year 2:

To ask simple questions and recognise they can be answered in different ways.


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Year 3:

To ask relevant questions and use different types of scientific enquiry to answer them.


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Year 4:

To ask relevant questions and use practical enquiry, comparative and fair tests to answer them.


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Year 5:

To ask questions and answer them by planning different types of scientific enquiry and fair tests to answer them.


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Year 6:

To ask questions and answer them by planning a range of scientific enquiries using scientific vocabulary and controlling variables where possible.


Science – Investigation- Mastery:

To confidently answer questions by planning a range of scientific enquiries and use scientific evidence that can be used to support ideas.

This collection of short films and resources will help you understand your child’s progression through school.

The curriculum film resource has been broken down by subject area initially and then by topic area.

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