From the moment they first open their eyes children are curious about the world and how it works. Primary school science aims to answer some of their questions and help them explore, observe and understand more about the things around them. Our practical activities and no-equipment-needed experiments for every year group will help you reinforce science learning at home in EYFS, KS1 and KS2.
Hunt for mini-beasts in the garden, understand circuits, investigate floating or simply practise using the correct scientific vocabulary – all great ways to help your child problem-solve.
Plus, check out the fantastic Science Learning Journey for each year of primary school.
Primary science glossary
From condensation to the water cycle, TheSchoolRun's primary-school science glossary offers a complete guide to all the concepts children are taught in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 science. Brush up on your own science knowledge, clear up homework confusion and understand exactly what your child is learning at school by reading our basic definitions (with links to more detailed explanations, teachers' tips and examples).
Some of our most popular primary science terms articles:
- What is light?
- What are seasons?
- What are food chains and food webs?
- What is electricity?
- What is the water cycle?
- What are igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock?
- What is a habitat?
- Learning about space, plants, animals and the human body in primary school
- What is a force?
- What are magnets?
- What are adaptation and evolution?
- What is a life cycle?
- What are states of matter?
- What are materials?
- What is a fair test?
- What is sound?
Science Learning Journey
Discover a complete learning programme that covers all the core science skills that your child must master by the end of each year of primary school. 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 Science Learning Journey for your child's school year 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.
Experiments and science fun for KS1 & KS2
Beans, gingerbread men, ice, washing-up bottles and cocoa powder – that's all you need to demonstrate key KS1 and KS2 science concepts to your child at the kitchen table. Packed with simple experiments, fun games (Muffled Chinese Whispers, anyone?) and parent-friendly science explanations, our Experiments and science fun for KS1 and KS2 learning pack is all you need to make primary science come to life for your child.
Fun science activities to try at home
Science can not only lead to well-paid and exciting jobs (think doctor, sports technologist, space craft engineer), it also opens up children’s minds to new ideas and encourages a curiosity about the world around them. Here are some fun activities that you can do with your child to inspire their interest in science, as well as some hands-on science ideas for Reception and KS1 children.