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Science is all around us and much of a child's early learning comes through day-to-day experiences. Our worksheets show you how to make the most of these.
Science 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 bumper selection of worksheets to show you how you can support your child in this essential subject.
Included is information about the science curriculum so you know what will be studied and when.
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Topics and Projects
Science related 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.
For example, the Topic on Food will encourage your child to think about what they eat.
Our Topic on Water is full of fascinating facts about this essential commodity, as well as showing how to take care of this resource.
Bees are essential to our survival - find out how to help in our Topic on Bees. The Topic on Flowers will encourage observation of the world around us. 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 for Topics under Subject.
Teaching Science is one in our popular series of articles on How to teach... These articles are popular with parents and the one for science is filled with practical ideas to use at home and includes explanations of basic scientific concepts. It also has links to a range of worksheets so make this your starting point.
At nursery and in Reception, children are encouraged to explore, observe, solve problems, 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 learning and development areas of the curriculum. Work is done in the form of topics which cover several areas of the curriculum.
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.
Look at these suggestions for KS1 worksheets.
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 curriculum 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.
Example KS2 worksheets:
During Years 5 and 6, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the curriculum 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.
Here are some suggested worksheets.
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.
Children 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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