Mixed Age Science

Mixed age science is comprised of a two-year rolling programme for each Key Stage (KS1, LKS2 and UKS2). Together, Set A and Set B for each mixed year group cover the entire National Curriculum for England's programme of study for a single Key Stage.

Set A and Set B are each made up of a year's worth of science sessions, and the two years can be taught in either order. The sets each consists of six blocks covering the National Curriculum's programme of study topics, such as 'plants'  or 'light'. The blocks are made up of six sessions, which can be covered in a half-term one afternoon a week or however you choose to distribute your science sessions. Working scientifically, investigations and meaningful outcomes are fully incorporated in each block.

The progression and content of the rolling programmes have been planned in consultation with experienced science teachers and consultants. Children will study a balance of science content each year, meeting more difficult concepts towards the end of each set. To track assessment, you can use the two year group assessment charts, available on the Teacher Support for Science Assessment Tracking page.

Mixed Age Science for Y1/2

For mixed age Y1/2 sets, we have ensured that children study plants, animals including humans, seasonal changes and materials each year. Some blocks (such as 'The Human Species') combine parts of the curriculum from Year 1 and Year 2. Some blocks (such as 'Wild Weather') are based on Year 1 curriculum content, but are stretched to incorporate teaching at the level of Year 2 children. Others (such as 'Food Chains') are based on year 2 curriculum content, but are adapted to be accessible to year 1 children. In each set, the more difficult material is covered towards the end of the year to ensure progression for both sets of children. You can download a word version of the year 1/2 table.

Mixed Age Science for Y3/4

For mixed age Y3/4 sets, we have ensured that children study a balance of biology, physics and chemistry each year. Some blocks (such as 'Rocks Rule!'') are based on Year 3 curriculum content, but are stretched to incorporate teaching at the level of Year 4 children. Others (such as 'Animals all Around') are based on Year 4 curriculum content, but are adapted to be accessible to Year 3 children. In each set, the more difficult material is covered towards the end of the year to ensure progression for both sets of children. You can download a word version of the year 3/4 table.

Mixed Age Science for Y5/6

For mixed age Y5/6 sets, we have ensured that children study biology, physics and chemistry each year. Some blocks (such as 'The Human Species') combine parts of the curriculum from Year 5 and Year 6. Other blocks (such as 'Space!') are based on Year 5 curriculum content, but are stretched to incorporate teaching at the level of Year 6 children. Others (such as 'Electric Art') are based on year 6 curriculum content, but are adapted to be accessible to year 5 children. In each set, the more difficult material is covered towards the end of the year to ensure progression for both sets of children. Each set finishes with a ‘Second Look Science’ block that brings aspects of science together and helps to consolidate learning. You can download a word version of the year 5/6 table.