Understanding Science: activities and worksheets

Some pupils can find it difficult to grasp the concepts in the primary Science Programmes of Study. They want answers to questions such as: Why is the sky blue? How can the universe be infinite? Why don’t planes fall out of the sky?

Some of these questions are nestled into the Primary National Curriculum and yet, according to the Telegraph, they are questions that perplex parents. So how can you teach such scientific concepts to your pupils when even adults aren’t able to understand them?

The Brilliant Support Activities for Understanding Science Series has been designed to do just this – support primary school teachers in explaining to their pupils the somewhat complex scientific concepts in the Science Programmes of Study of the National Curriculum.

The set of three books contain a mixture of paper-based tasks and ʻhands on’ activities which will support your pupils to develop essential Scientific Enquiry skills, namely those of Observation, Predicting, Recording and Drawing Conclusions.

The sheets follow the areas of science outlined in the Programmes of Study of the Science National Curriculum for years 1–3 and selected topics of years 4 and 5, introducing one concept or National Curriculum statement per sheet (unless they are review sheets).

They can be used in any order and are designed for use by individual pupils or to be used as a class activity if all the class are working at the same ability range.

Try the sample activities available on our website and see your pupils develop their scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding and learn to work scientifically.

Once they understand the concepts, why not send them home with some questions to stump their parents?



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