Developing an understanding of science

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Science is all around us and much of children's early scientific learning comes through day-to-day experiences. Our worksheets show you how to make the most of these. It is a fascinating and varied subject and stimulating a child's scientific learning will impact on all areas of life. So we have put together here a selection of worksheets to show you how you can support your child in this essential subject. We have included information about the science curriculum so you know what will be studied and when.
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Topics and Projects are an excellent way to stimulate your child's interest and can be really enjoyable to do. They make excellent holiday activities and can be tackled by any age group - just tailor the material to the needs and interests of your child. Bees are essential to our survival - find out how to help in our Topic on Bees. (4418) The Topic on Food 5921 will encourage children to think about what they eat and the Topic on Flowers (5922) will encourage observation of the world around us. Our Topic on Water 4508 is full of fascinating facts about this essential commodity, as well as showing how to take care of this resource. Habitats are studied in KS1 and KS2, so the Topic on Habitats 5923 will support learning. To see our topics on a wide range of subjects, go to the Worksheet Finder and search under Topics.

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Help Your Child at Home with Science is one in our popular series of pages on helping your child at home are popular with parents and we have one for science -  is filled with practical ideas to use at home, which will explain key scientific concepts. It also has links to a range of worksheets so make this your starting point. Find out how to make science enjoyable with Make Science Fun 5378 - and if you are confused by the vocabulary our Science Vocabulary for KS2 5458 will help.

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1022 Topic on spring

Foundation Stage  At nursery and in Reception, children are encouraged to explore, observe, solve problems, observe, predict, make decisions and talk about the world around them. They learn indirectly about science as part of Knowledge and Understanding of the World, as well as through the other six of the seven areas of learning and development.Work will be done in the form of topics which cover several areas of the curriculum. the Topic on Pets 4688 shows how all the Learning Goals are covered. Try the Topic on Spring. The Seasons winter topic 2184 can be used to explain science and the All About Me topic is ideal to complement a popular Early Years subject. Children will enjoy the Colouring - clothes for weather 3951 which will help them learn to make decisions.
6949 Simple science facts for KS1 take to
 6602 Field to Fork
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6906 Flowers in the plant life cycle
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Key Stage 1 Our resources support the current curriculum, thereby helping you to support and anticipate your child's learning at every stage. 

During years 1 and 2, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

  • asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways
  • observing closely, using simple equipment
  • performing simple tests
  • identifying and classifying
  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
Additionally, pupils should read and spell scientific vocabulary at a level consistent with their increasing word-reading and spelling knowledge at key stage 1.
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2949 Recording temperature
Key Stage 2 During years 3 and 4, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:
  • asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
  • making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers
  • gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions
  • recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables
  • reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions
  • using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
  • identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
  • using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings 


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 During Years 5 and 6, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:
  • planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
  • taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate
  • recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs
  • using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  • reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations
  • identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments

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Key Stage 3 The principal focus of science teaching in KS3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Pupils should begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. Examples of these big ideas are the links between structure and function in living organisms, the particulate model as the key to understanding the properties and interactions of matter in all its forms, and the resources and means of transfer of energy as key determinants of all of these interactions. They should be encouraged to relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them and start to use modelling and abstract ideas to develop and evaluate explanations. 
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Experimenting with science There are so many opportunities to enjoy science at home Our worksheets are full of simple ideas to support learning without needing special equipment. Try some of these ideas shown in the accompanying worksheets - in Fun science experiments with food, learn how to make raisins dance.

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Our revision pages and practice tests provide invaluable help to consolidate learning and pick up any gaps in knowledge. See what your KS1 child remembers with KS1 Science revision. As the year progresses, you will find it helpful to try our revision papers such as KS2 science paper Level 6/CE. For secondary school students we have Questions for KS3 science.

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Want some general help with science for key stages 1 and 2?  The best place to start is our Science eBook. For just £1.99 (or free when you take out a new subscription by 30 November 2017), you can:

  • support the science curriculum
  • get ideas to help your child learn scientific concepts at home in everyday situations
  • encourage observation of our world 
  • enjoy the experiments, fact sheets and quizzes which support KS1 and KS2 learning.
Discover and Learn Science Science Made Easy KS2 Science Revision and Practice KS3 Science Complete Study and Practice Science Encyclopedia

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