Science KS2

Here are some pages based on the requirements of the new curriculum from September 2016. Many more are available through the Worksheet Finder. Children of all ages love to experiment. They love to play with water, sand or play dough - create pictures, make people, animals, and shapes and even pretend food for you to "eat!" This experimentation continues with LEGO; shapes in the form of jigsaws; sounds, light and friction.

NC science programmes of study KS1 and 2
Topic on ladybirds
Making sounds KS2
Earth's magnetic field
Vertebrate groups
Topic on parks
Experiment with light
Experiment with sound
More about friction
The oak tree
Topic on flowers
Flowers in the plant life cycle
Spencer Silver and post-it notes
Types of soil
Nature reserves
Topic on litter
David Attenborough
Jane Goodall
Plant propagatiion
Ruth Benerito and wrinkle free cotton
Galileo Galilei
Isaac Newton
Garden ponds and ecology
Biological classification
Water and air resistance Year 5
Reflexes KS2
Medicines and drugs for Year 6
Pulse rate and exercise Year 6

These pages are based on the pre-2014 science curriculum. These topics still remain part of the curriculum, but may now be taught in a different sequence. They include teaching suggestions, outlines of the topics and activities.

Unit 3A Teeth and eating
Students learn about healthy eating, how to keep healthy, and how the body works. They are taught about teeth and how to care for them.

The mouth
The teeth
How to keep healthy for younger children
Healthy eating topic

Unit 3B helping plants to grow well
Pupils learn to grow plants, flowers and food from seeds and bulbs. They are especially happy if they can eat some of the plants that they grow! Try growing peas, beans or even strawberries.

Parts of a plant
What plants need to grow
Helping plants grow well - BBC
Helping plants grow well - activities

Unit 3C Characteristics of materials
Pupils are taught about different types of materials and their characteristics. They need to learn that it is necessary to choose the correct material for any particular job. If you need a material to be waterproof the fabric must prevent water permeating it.

Characteristics of materials
Materials and their properties - quiz
Testing properties of materials
Metal and wood

Unit 3D Rocks and soils
Rocks are made from different materials such as marble or slate but some are granular such as sandstone.

Grouping rocks
Soil and permeability

Unit 3E Magnets and springs
Magnets are pieces of metal which attract iron. Children enjoy magnetic letters on a fridge door while magnets are also used for door closures or on handbag clips.

Uses of magnets
Uses of springs
Testing elastic bands

Unit 3F Light and shadows
Pupils learn that the sun is a star around which the Earth and Planets move in orbit.

Shadow activities
The sun

Unit 4A Moving and growing
Try the quiz and learn about Moving and Growing...have fun!
Do you know which is the longest bone in your body? 

The human skeleton
Moving and growing activities
Muscles and exercise

Unit 4B Habitats
A habitat is a place where a collection of plants and animals live. Squirrels build a dray, rabbits live in a burrow, birds live in a nest, and badgers live in a sett. Learn about other habitats below.

Different habitats
Grouping living things
All about animals and their habitats
Food chains

Unit 4C Keeping warm
We may keep warm by wearing a coat in winter but do you know how creatures keep warm in snow? Birds fluff up their feathers, hedgehogs hibernate, swallows fly away to warmer climates and mice line their home with fur and leaves. 

Judging temperature
Recording temperature
Keeping warm
Insulators and conductors

Unit 4D Solids, liquids and how they can be separated
Find out why sugar dissolves in a hot drink. Snowflakes fall and cover the ground but then they melt - why? Water expands as it freezes so the frozen solid is larger in volume than in liquid form.

Making solutions
Freezing and melting
Sorting liquids from solids
Solids and liquids

Unit 4E Friction
Friction is a force which slows movement. The brakes on a car are applied when a driver wants to stop the car. The brakes stop the wheels from moving. When you ride your bicycle you apply the brakes to slow down or to stop moving.

Friction song
Make your own forcemeter
Measuring forces
Friction and air

Unit 4F Circuits and conductors
Which materials conduct electricity?. An electrical circuit has electricity flowing through it. Electricity only flows when the circuit is complete, with no gaps.

Circuits and conductors
Electricity and circuits
KS2 science interactive revision guide

Unit 5A Keeping healthy
Keeping fit and healthy is an important part of looking after your joints. You can do this by exercising, eating a balanced diet and taking care of your body. It is to fun to run and play, to enjoy football, netball or swimming. It is good to play in a team and to exercise with friends.

Keeping fit and healthy
Healthy food quiz
9 tips for eating well
Keeping healthyand science revision

Unit 5B Life cycles
Life cycle of a butterfly is fascinating. The butterfly lays an egg which turns into a caterpillar. The caterpillar eats many leaves and grows strong, before turning into a cocoon. After a long sleep in the cocoon a new creature starts to emerge and a beautiful butterfly appears.

Seed dispersal
Life cycle of a butterfly
Life cycle of a frog
Revision quiz on life cycles

Unit 5C Gases around us
Gases are all around us and some we could not live without. The air is a mixture of gases, mostly oxygen and nitrogen. There are also smaller amounts of water vapour, argon and carbon dioxide as well as small amounts of other gases

Gases all around us
Questions on solids, liquids and gases
Absorbtion experiment
Reversible changes of state

Unit 5D Changing state
There are three states of matter which are solids, liquids, and gases. The water cycle gives us water to drink, but can also be found as a solid state such as ice or a gas in the form of water vapour. This moves around the environment in a process known as the water cycle. 

Changing state
Reversible changes of state
Water cycle
Materials and their properties - quiz

Unit 5E Earth, sun and moon
Find out about the solar system. The solar system is made up of all the planets that orbit the sun. The Solar system also incudes moons, comets asteroids, dust and gas. 

Sun, moon and earth
Revision quizzes on earth, sun and moon
Solar system
The solar system

Unit 5F Changing sounds
Sounds travel as vibrations through different material. The sound can vary  in pitch which could be either high or low. Ears give us balance and enable us to hear.

Experiments with sounds
Sound travels
How we hear

Unit 6A Interdependence and adaptation
A habitat is a natural home. To introduce the relationship between people and other habitats. Learning about the requirements for a safe home for animals and discover which animals live in a particular habitat.

Adaptation and food chains
Animal adaptation and survival

Unit 6B Micro-organisms
Micro organisms are very tiny living things. They are all around us in the air, on and in our bodies and in water. Some are helpful to us and others are more harmful in the form of viruses, bacteria and fungi. Bacteria left in your mouth by not brushing your teeth properly can cause tooth infection. Mould is a type of microorganism.

Micro-organisms - recipes and food
Investigating micro-organisms
Micro-organisms and reversible changes
Micro-organisms - food safety

Unit 6C More about dissolving
This is about the reversible changes of the physical state of certain materials, such as dissolving, melting and re-solidifying. Some materials can be separated into their constituent elements by evaporation or filtering.

More about dissolving
Experiments with dissolving
Investigating sweeteners

Unit 6D Reversible and irreversible changes
These worksheets provide explanations of reversible and irreversible changes in materials. Reversible changes include the evaporation and condensation or the freezing and thawing of liquids. Irreversible changes are those that cannot be undone, including for example the burning of combustible materials such as wood, coal or other fuels or for example the cooking of eggs.

Revision pages for Ks2 science.

Reversible and irreversible changes
Reversible and irreversible changes
KS2 science question book
Revision pages for KS2 science

Unit 6E Forces in action
Forces in action-activities and revision

Gravity KS2 Science
Forces and movement
Forces in action - revision
Forces in action - activities and revision

Unit 6F How we see things
The eye is made up from the schelera, cornea, iris, lens, retina and optic nerves. When light hits an object it is reflected and enters our eyes. This is how we see the object.

The eye
How we see things and Changing circuits
Reflections and shadows
KS2 success revision guide science

Unit 6G Changing circuits
A simple circuit is made using a battery or another source of electricity and a bulb.  When they are connected the electricity will light up the bulb.

A simple circuit and building circuits
Drawing simple circuits
Power Up - EDF
KS2 science study book

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