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Progression in Scientific

knowledge, concepts & skills

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4


Year 5


Year 6


Force and Magnets





Cause and effect

Similarity and difference


Working Scientifically





Compare how things move on different surfaces (friction)


Know how magnets attract/ repel some materials (two pole +/-) and make predictions


Know that some forces need contact whereas magnetic forces can act at a distance


Compare and group magnetic/ non-magnetic materials



Know and explain gravity


Identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction


Recognise that some mechanisms (gears, leavers, pulleys and springs) allow a smaller force to have a greater effect