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Reception Science

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Find out about what the science curriculum covers in Reception and help your child make sense of the world around them with our Reception science worksheets, which develop their skills of observation, prediction, critical thinking and discussion.

It's never too early to introduce them to the core scientific skills they'll develop over their school years, including developing investigative skills, learning about life and living things and exploring materials and physical processes.

From conducting experiments, to exploring different methods of discovery and presenting their findings, we have hundreds of games and activities to excite your little Einstein!

Plus, check out the fantastic Reception Science Learning Journey.


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Reception science: what your child learns
Unsure what the science curriculum covers in Reception? Read on to find out.
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Primary science: what you need to know
Not sure what your child is learning in science? Swot up with our two-minute parents' guide to primary-school science.
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Simple science activities to try today
Science doesn't have to mean complicated experiments with chemicals and Bunsen burners. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage can get involved in science with these fun, fast-results experiments. Sarah Cruickshank reports.


Understanding my body worksheet
Understanding my body
A worksheet to help children think about the names of the parts of the body and write the words on a picture.
On the farm: where animals live worksheet
On the farm: where animals live
A worksheet designed to help your child match an animal to its home.
Starting to collect data activity
Starting to collect data
Encourage your child to ask people about their favourite toys and record the information on this simple table.
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Reception Science Learning Journey

Discover a complete learning programme that covers all the core science skills that your child must master by the end of Reception. This comprehensive programme enables you to cover every topic in the curriculum with just one 10-minute worksheet every week at home.

Get started on the Reception Science Learning Journey and by doing just a few minutes of fun work each week with your child at home, you will inspire their learning, fire up their hunger for knowledge… and ensure they’re not only on top of their lessons but brimming over with facts and actively contributing to classes.

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Experiments and science fun

Play a game of Blow Football, make your own mini-me, turn white petals multi-coloured and dissolve an egg... all in the pursuits of science. Prepared exclusively for TheSchoolRun by Emma Vanstone of children's science blog Science Sparks, Experiments and science fun for KS1 and KS2 will help you make primary science memorable and fun. You won't need any special equipment or knowledge to get started; before you know it the kids will be planning investigations, experimenting with supersaturated solutions and germinating beans on the window sill.

Your Experiments and science fun for KS1 and KS2 learning pack includes experiments to help your child understand:

  •     Waterproof materials
  •     Forces and motion
  •     How the body works
  •     Plant anatomy
  •     Dissolving and separating
  •     Light and shadow
  •     Germination
  •     Micro-organisms
  •     Sound and pitch
  •     Friction
  •     Ramps
  •     Filtering and sieving
  •     Thermal conduction and insulation

Meet the Homework Gnome

In the Homework Gnome section of the site you'll find lots of information about history, geography and science topics that are taught in Primary School. For starters, have a look at: