Life and living things

Little boy studying flower

Your chilld will study life and living things throughout primary school, looking at the complexity of nature in increasing detail as they advance through each school year.

In this section, you can discover activites to help your child learn about life processes, gain an interest in living things and learn about microscopes.

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

Animals for primary-school children
Learning about animals in primary school
Carnivores, herbivores and omnivores; vertebrates and invertebrates. Your child will learn about animals and their classification in primary school. We explain what they will find out about amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles.
Learning about plants in primary school
Learning about plants in primary school
From the parts of a plant to the seed cycle, water transportation and photosynthesis, children learn lots about the living things around us in primary school. Find out what is taught when in the primary classroom in our parents' guide.
Anatomy for kids
Learning about the body in primary school
At primary school children learn about the senses, the human skeleton, teeth and their function, the digestive system, puberty, the circulatory system and more. Find out what they'll be discussing in the classroom when and how you can support their learning at home.

Worksheets

Learning about living things: using a microscope
Learning about living things: using a microscope
The complexity of nature is studied in intricate detail using a digital microscope in this fascinating science activity for EYFS and KS1 children. It is aimed at Key Stage 1 and EYFS pupils and should be done with a parent or carer.
Going on a sensory walk
Going on a sensory walk
Take your child on a sensory walk and encourage them to describe the things they can see, hear, feel and smell.
Harmful micro-organisms worksheet
Harmful micro-organisms
This download prompts your child to think about the harmful micro-organisms that are killed by cleaning products.

Games

Circulation game
Circulation game

Check Steve's heart is fit and healthy before he goes filming - he needs to be able to keep up with the deadly tarantula hawk wasp.

Food chains and webs game
Food chains and webs game

Help Deadly 60's Steve find the food chain's deadliest predator.

Variation game
Variation game

Play the variation game and sort these Deadly 60 animals into the different groups, based on their characteristics.

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Science pack

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.

School goldfish

Even more experiments...

There are lots of experiments to try at home which will help your child develop their understanding of life and living things. Why not try these for starters?

Gnome

Meet the Homework Gnome

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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.

Life and living things