Key Stage 1 Science Assessment

Working Scientifically

The pupil can:

  • ask their own questions about what they notice
  • use different types of scientific enquiry to gather and record data, using simple equipment where appropriate, to answer questions including:
    1. observing changes over time
    2. noticing similarities, differences and patterns
    3. grouping and classifying things
    4. carrying out simple comparative tests
    5. finding things out using secondary sources of information
  • use appropriate scientific language from the national curriculum to communicate their ideas in a variety of ways, what they do and what they find out.

Science Content

The pupil can:

  • name and locate parts of the human body, including those related to the senses, and describe the importance of exercise, balanced diet and hygiene for humans
  • describe the basic needs of animals for survival and the main changes as young animals, including humans, grow into adults
  • describe basic needs of plants for survival and the impact of changing these and the main changes as seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants
  • identify whether things are alive, dead or have never lived
  • describe and compare the observable features of animals from a range of groups
  • group animals according to what they eat, describe how animals get their food from other animals and/or from plants, and use simple food chains to describe these relationships
  • describe seasonal changes
  • name different plants and animals and describe how they are suited to different habitats
  • use their knowledge and understanding of the properties of materials, to distinguish objects from materials, identify and group everyday materials, and compare their suitability for different uses.