Homework Gnome: Science

Help with primary-school science homework

As well as being a compulsory national curriculum subject, learning about science helps children explore, observe and understand more about the things around them.

Your child will cover a variety of different science topics throughout primary school which will develop their investigative skills and their knowledge of life and living things, materials and physical processes. There is a new national curriculum for science being introduced in September 2014.

At some stage, you'll need to support your child with their science homework, perhaps helping them research a topic, create a poster or presentation, carry out experiments at home and record results or even visit science museums.

Whatever science topic your child is learning about, Homework Gnome is a great place to start! You'll find pages on many of the science topics commonly taught in primary school, all covered in an age-appropriate style, with information, images and videos suitable for primary school children*.

To get started, just look through the list below to find the science topic your child is studying at school now.

The human body

Our senses Parts of the body Bones and muscles
Discover secrets of the five senses and why they are vital to help us understand our world. Find out what the different parts of the body do and read some amazing facts! Lots of information, images and fascinating facts about bones and muscles.
The human brain and nervous system Human digestive system Human respiratory system
It's like a powerful computer inside your head and it controls everything – find out about your amazing brain. What happens when you put food in your mouth? Discover some fascinating facts about how digestion works. How do you breathe? Why does your body need oxygen? What do you breathe out? Find out here.
Human circulatory system Teeth and dental care  
Fascinating facts about your very own 'transport system'! Find out all about teeth, how they grow, what they are for and how to care for them.  

Living things

Mammals Insects Spiders
Find out what features all mammals have in common and discover some surprising facts about some very interesting mammals. Did you know there are about 1 million known species of insects! Read about them here... There's a lot more to creepy crawlies than meets the eye... prepare to be amazed!
Plants and growth Food chains Reptiles
Top facts, did-you-knows, pictures and games... start your research into plants and growth here. Find out all about how food chains work, learn about producers and consumers and see different examples of food chains. Discover more about cold-blooded vertebrates and the characteristics that distinguish them.
Fish Amphibians Micro-organisms
Dive in and learn about the world of fish, what they have in common, and meet some weird and wonderful fishy friends. Fascinating facts about frogs, toads, salamanders,
newts and caecilians.
They are so small that you can't see them with the naked eye but many hundreds of them would fit on the full stop at the end of this sentence. Find out all about micro-organisms
Birds Dinosaurs Minibeasts
There are around 10,000 different known species of birds today. Find out some fascinating facts about our feathery friends. They were the biggest creatures to walk the planet – and then they disappeared. Find out more here. Find out why minibeasts are so important and which one has been around for 600  million years!

Our life

Keeping healthy Family and friends People who help us
What foods are good for us? How much exercise do we need? Find out what things are good for our bodies. Find out about different types of family, family members, family trees, DNA and more... There are lots of people who help us in the community. Find out how they help us in our day-to-day lives.

Our world

Space exploration The Solar System Day and night
What does space exploration mean and why is it important to visit the stars? Planets, asteroids, comets, the Sun.. find out what eles is sharing our Solar System. Why is it day in one place and night in another? What is a time zone? Why do we change the clocks? Read on to find out...
Electricity and power generation Magnets Gravity
Find out how electricity is generated, plus many more fascinating facts about where our power comes from. Magnetism is the force of attraction or repulsion between substances made of certain materials. Discover fascinating facts about the force of magnetism. It's been around since the beginning of the universe and is very important in our daily life. Find out why...
Friction and resistance Materials  
Discover what friction is, the three different types of friction, when friction is helpful and when it isn't! Read about the properties of different materials, what is natural and what is man-made and the different states that materials can exist in.  

Famous scientists

Sir Isaac Newton Mary Anning Thomas Edison
You might know him as the man who saw an apple fall and figured out gravity... but there is lots more to discover about this famous mathematician. Find out more about this famous fossil hunter and collector. If you think he's just famous for inventing the lightbulb, you'd be wrong! Find out why...
Galileo Robert Hooke Albert Einstein
Why is Galileo famous for his work on mathematics and astronomy and why did it eventually lead him into such trouble? Find out why Hooke was called a 'polymath’, an expert in many subjects. One of the most famous scientists of all time, Einstein revolutionised our understanding of gravity and relativity.
The famous mathematician Archimedes lived in Greece over 2000 years ago, but his ideas and inventions are still used today.    

Primary-school science explained

Find out more about what your child is taught in Foundation Stage science, Key Stage 1 science and Key Stage 2 science.

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