Science help and guidance

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Science is a fascinating and varied subject which is enthralling for children but one which can also be a hard subject to understand. 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 to help you support your child's learning.
 
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bees Topics are an excellent way to stimulate your child's interest. They can be tackled by any age group - just tailor the material to the needs and interests of your child. The Topic on Food will encourage children to think about what they eat and the Topic on Flowers will encourage observation of the world around us. Our Topic on Water is full of fascinating facts about this essential commodity. Habitats are studied in KS1 and KS2, so the Topic on Habitats 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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Our pages on helping your child at home are popular with parents and we have one for science - Help Your Child at Home with 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 - and if you are confused by the vocabulary our Science Vocabulary for KS2 will help.

Topic on pets Children in Foundation Stage learn about science as part of topic work - the Topic on Pets shows how all the Learning Goals are covered. Try the Topic on Spring. The Seasons winter topic 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 which will help them learn to make decisions.
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Key Stage 1 In line with other subjects, the science curriculum changed in September 2014. We have updated our resources to reflect this, enabling you to support and anticipate your child's learning at every stage. The Programme of Study states: 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
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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. Our page on A Snapshot of Science Topics for Year 7 is a useful starting point and then go on to use more specific worksheets to expand knowledge through the year. Our Eco Project for KS3 is a good way to highlight the ways in which we can all help protect our environment. 
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There are so many opportunities to enjoy science at home, without needing special equipment. Try some of these ideas -learn about Heating and Cooling with everyday activities. Children will enjoy Making a Pinhole Camera too. We have lots of pages of science experiments which can be carried out using common household items - try Fun Science experiments.

science revision

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.

science ebook

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 3 year parent subscription by 31 January 2016), 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
 

Best wishes
Jackie Bacon

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