Science KS1

Children in Key Stage 1 love to experiment and are naturally curious. They ask questions about what to do and why things happen; this should be encouraged. They love to explore the world around them..."Look ,I have found a snail!" Often they compare objects. "This is a big brick but this one is smaller!." They will play games such as 'I spy' or 'Spot the difference'. Encourage them to notice patterns and to carry out simple comparisons.

Here are some pages based on the requirements of the new curriculum from September 2016.
NC science programmes of study KS1 and 2
Simple science facts for KS1
The body: rhymes for KS1
Who eats what for KS1
Animal homes for KS1
Field to fork vegetables and fruit
Animal homes for KS1
Test your science KS1 no 1
Seasonal changes KS1
Deciduous or evergreen
Flowers around us
Trees around us
Animal groups
Measuring - KS1 science
Recording - KS1 science
Test your science KS1 no 2

These pages cover the syllabus for Key Stage 1 science, arranged in the order they were taught pre-2014. They include teaching suggestions, outlines of the topics and activities. Most of the topics will still be taught in the current curriculum, although not necessarily in the same order.

Unit 1A Ourselves
Teach about how the body works.
How do our legs work?
It is fun to play the game about teeth.
Can children match the animals to their babies?

Parts of the body & quiz
The senses
Animals and humans and senses
Growing and changing
Matching animals and their babies
Growing older
Differences between children
How animals move
Ourselves activities
Living things need
Eating and drinking
A fun game about teeth

Unit 1B Growing plants
Try planting a bulb or sowing some seeds. 
Try growing some cress to eat.
How many flowers can your child name?

How many of these flowers can you find?
Finding plants
Watching plants grow
Plants for our food
Watering plants
Plants and light
Find the flower
Revision of growing plants

Unit 1C Sorting and using materials
Can your child sort objects by shape?
Is your child able to choose the correct material to keep you dry?

Handling different materials
Identifying materials without looking
Describing different materials
Describing different objects
Grouping different materials
Properties of materials
Magnetic and non magnetic objects
Choosing the correct materials
Testing papers and fabrics
Waterproof materials
Revise - materials
Rewiew 12 - materials

Unit 1D Light and dark
The sun gives us daylight. Find out more about the sun and moon 
How many sources of light can your child name?

The owl story
Light and seeing
Sources of light
Using lights at night
Seeing in the dark
The sun
Shiny objects
Review - light

Unit 1E Pushes and pulls

Has your child a trolley or pram that they can push and pull?
Discover how  animals move.

Moving things
Describing movements
Pushing and pulling objects
Stopping moving objects
What causes movement?
Pushes and pulls
How animals move
How babies learn to move

Unit 1F Sounds and hearing
Listen together to all the sounds that you can hear around you.
Read the worksheet belowto discover about hearing.

Listening to sounds
Making different sounds
Describing sounds
Body sounds
How we hear
Hearing and safety
Loud sounds


Unit 2A Health and growth
Learn about the body and keeping it healthy.
It is sensible to use medicines carefully and safely.
Try and enjoy the Dinner Dash game!

Why we eat
Eating different kinds of food
Planning a meal
Dinner dash game
Looking after babies and toddlers
Taking medicines
Medicines and safety

Unit 2B Plants and animals in the environment
We all love 'Flowering plants'.
Use the Worksheet on habitats to find where creatures live.

Introduction to plants and animals
Looking for plants and animals
Describing local habitats
Flowering plants
What plants need to grow
Comparing growing conditions
Animal reproduction and growth
Worksheet on habitats


Unit 2C Variation
How many different plants can your child name?
Human variation describes differences between people.

Humans and other animals
Human variation
Different plants
Measuring differences between children
Recording plants and animals
Grouping people
Variation worksheet

Unit 2D Grouping and changing materials
Try changing shape by heating.
Find out where materials come from and what they are used for.

Grouping materials
Where do materials come from?
Making a collage
Changing shape
Change by heating
Melting ice
Recording observations
Change by cooling
Comparing materials
Water, steam and ice
A concept map on changes
Materials BBC activity

Unit 2E Forces and movement
Changing shape by force.
Speeding up, slowing down.

Changing shape by force
Changing movement by force
Speeding up slowing down
Comparing how objects move
Experimenting with toy cars & presenting data
Pushes and pulls in graph form
Unit 2e review
Push or pull

Unit 2F Using electricity
Electrical safety.

Using batteries and making connections
Electrical safety
Finding electrical appliances
Making a circuit
Investigating different circuits
Making useful circuits
Using electricity activity BBC

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