Year 1/2 Autumn 1 (Set A): Animals Including Humans - Amazing Me!

Think carefully about what you were like as a baby. Look at the differences in your body, compare foot and hand sizes and make a class display. Consider how to investigate what we can hear in the playground. Investigate fruit and vegetables and plan a balanced picnic for guests.

Hamilton’s science scheme provides children with a broad but comprehensive experience of primary science that systematically covers all of the National Curriculum for England’s science objectives for Year 1 and Year 2 in a two-year rolling programme. Hamilton suggest following Set A in one year and Set B in the next, working from Autumn through Spring to Summer, as we have placed the material that is more accessible for the younger children in Autumn Term, and the more challenging material in Summer Term. (For more information about the mixed year scheme, see our Teacher Support page However, all of the sessions are adaptable, so that you can adjust to your own children and school programme. Each term is made up of 2 blocks of 6 sessions, each of which can be completed within a half-term. Working scientifically, investigations and meaningful outcomes are fully incorporated in each block.

Friends and School Subscribers have access to some additional supporting material, including year and block overview documents, key concept lists and assessment grids. The relevant assessment grids can be found on the Year 1 and Year 2 science pages.

Supporting documents for science
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01: Wow! We have changed!

Look at photographs of everyone as babies. We all look very different! Consider the questions: How do we change as we get older? Do we only get older on our birthdays? Observe changes over time by comparing baby photos with current ones.

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02: Body patterns

Look carefully at our bodies and collect data about head size, hand and foot size, hair and eye colour. Consider the question: If someone has big feet, do they also need larger gloves? Look for patterns in the measurements collected.

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03: Playground sounds

Listen for sounds all around us - what can we hear with our ears? Can we hear the playtime bell? Consider simple factors affecting how well we hear the whistle and explore what happens when we change just one thing at a time.

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04: Sorting using senses

Explore different foods using different senses and classify into groups. Set out a Senses Market Stall in the classroom and then eat the produce! Discover that our tongues are used for sensing taste differences.

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05: All our senses

Place different items (noisy, textured, smelly) in a feely bag and talk about how we know what those items are. What senses are we using? List the five senses together and go outside to explore the environment.

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06: Balancing lunch boxes

Talk about what foods are healthy and what the right amount looks like. Design a balanced lunch box on paper, make it and share with guests!