Reception Science worksheets

Free worksheets

Sorting clothes worksheet
When it is time to change over your child’s wardrobe from season to season or you are having a big clear out, take the opportunity to involve them and look at what different clothes are made from. Talk about the materials the clothes are made from and together look at the labels showing their properties.
On-the-ground investigation
Throw a hoop or a circle of string around an area of grass and look really carefully at all the different things you can see there. Make a list or draw pictures of all the different things you can see. It might include bugs, different types of grasses, soil, flowers and stones. You can also do this with a friend to see if they can find different items to you.

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Observing the seasons: winter
As the seasons change, take the opportunity to go on an observation walk to see what’s happening! Here are some great ideas for hands-on winter fun!
Observing the seasons: summer
As the seasons change, take the opportunity to go on an observation walk to see what’s happening! Here are some great hands-on fun activities for summer!
Observing the seasons: spring
As the seasons change, take the opportunity to go on an observation walk to see what’s happening! Here are some great hands-on Spring fun ideas.
Observing the seasons: autumn
As the seasons change, take the opportunity to go on an observation walk to see what’s happening! Here are lots of suggestions for fun things to look for on your autumn work.
Make a waterproof for a teddy
It may be a wet day, but Teddy wants to go out and play! How can we keep Teddy dry in the rain? Let's choose materials to help make something waterproof for Teddy.

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Investigating bugs worksheet
Arm yourself with some small containers (see-through if possible) and a magnifying glass and find out what bugs live in your garden. Lift up stones and logs, look in dark corners near sheds, dig around in the soil and find cobwebs on the window sill. See if you can catch some bugs in your containers and talk to an adult about what each bug looks like.

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How cool are you investigation
Go for a hunt around your house and find which places are the warmest and which are the coolest. Write the names of each place on these cards, or can you draw a picture showing the place? Can you put the cards in order from the warmest to the coolest place?

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Be a poo detective
Poo is always a fascinating subject for children and definitely gets their attention! Why not go for a nature walk and find out which animals have left their smelly remains then answer these questions?
Animal guess who game
Think of an animal. Draw a picture of it on a sticker and stick it on another player’s forehead. The person with the sticker has to ask questions to find out which animal they are. Take it in turns to be the person with the sticker!
All about worms investigation
Go into your garden and dig up two earthworms. Put them next to each other and see if you can find things that are the same about them and things that are different. Look at their length, their patterns, their colour Can you draw pictures of them both, showing the difference between them? You could also try building your own wormery.

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Draw a route map
This worksheet encourages your child to think about and draw the journey they take to school with sense of 'aerial perspective'.

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From liquid to solid activity
This activity demonstrates the process of freezing to children. It is a very clear introduction to the concept of liquids and solids.

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Investigation: floating and sinking activity
An activity to bring to life the concept of floating and sinking to Reception-age children. Also includes a table for recording.

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Match the baby animal worksheet
Introduce your child to the names of baby animals and help them to match them to the pictures of adult animals.
Materials treasure hunt activity
Encourage your child to find soft and hard objects around the house and then record what they found.

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Morning and evening routines worksheet
A prompt to discuss with your child what they usually do in the morning and evening. Encourage them to write and / or draw to record this.
Nocturnal and diurnal animals worksheet
A worksheet to prompt the discussion of which animals are awake during the day (diurnal) and which are awake during the night (nocturnal).

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On the farm: where animals live worksheet
A worksheet designed to help your child match an animal to its home.

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