Investigative skills

Girl with microscope

Developing investigative skills is a key requirement of the primary science curriculum and you can support your child at home as they build confidence in this area.

In this section of the site you'll find investigative skills worksheets on a range of areas, such as investigating floating, the principles of forces and the properties of rocks.

And you'll find even more experiments to bring out the little Einstein in your child in our Experiments and science fun pack.

Plus, check out the fantastic Science Learning Journey for each year of primary school.

Articles

Girl and teacher using microscope
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.
What is a fair test?
What is a fair test?
Understand what is meant by 'fair test' in primary-school science and organise your own child-friendly investigations at home to help your child practise this concept.
Children doing experiments
Fun science activities to try at home
Want to inspire your child to enjoy science? Try these easy, engaging activities together at home.

Worksheets

Repeating experiments worksheet
Repeating experiments
This worksheet shows the results of somebody who has measured their heart rate. It gives questions to prompt children to use their investigative skills.
Super scientist quiz!
Super scientist quiz
Quiz questions to encourage your child to think about how scientists work and why they do the things they do.
Understanding light and dark
Understanding light and dark
A worksheet designed to help your child investigate and understand light and dark.

Games

Changes in materials game
Changes in materials game

Use reversible and irreversible changes to save the Crystal of St Helena from SKUL!

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Experiments and science fun

Experiments and science fun

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.

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.

Investigative skills