St Mary's

Catholic Primary School

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"The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing." - Albert Einstein


Throughout Year 2, we will learn about the following topics through our weekly Science lessons. We will also improve our scientific enquiry skills, such as identifying, measuring, recording data by completing experiments within each unit.


Living things and their habitats

To explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive


To identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other


To identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats


To describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.


To observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants


To find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.



Animals including humans

To notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults


To  find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air)


To  describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.




Uses of everyday materials

To identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for different uses

To  compare how things move on different surfaces.


To find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching