Physical processes resources for reception, KS1 & KS2

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Odd one out New!
Formative assessment sheets which can be used in KS1 and KS2  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Materials | Physical processes | Published: 19/09/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Electricity | Everyday materials | Light | Sound | Assessment | Behaviour management
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Five tips for Outdoor learning
Five tips to support your outdoor teaching and learning. Ideas  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading word level | Geometry | Materials | Physical processes | Published: 06/06/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Designing and making | Phonics | Properties of shapes – symmetry
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Six tips for British Science Week
Six great ideas to help get your British Science Week off to  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Materials | Life processes and living things | Physical processes | Working scientifically Published: 24/05/2017 | 
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Science in the news – Voyager’s 11 billion mile journey
Explore the incredible journey of Voyager 1 as it leaves the  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Physical processes | Working scientifically Published: 15/05/2017 | 
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Creating light for the Winter Solstice
A science challenge to mark the Winter Solstice based on building  … read more
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Y4 | Physical processes | Published: 12/04/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Electricity
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Electricity list poem
Create a list poem inspired by the topic electricity. Includes  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Physical processes | Published: 27/02/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Poems on a theme | Electricity
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The power of friction
A fun activity involving books to demonstrate the power of the  … read more
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Y5 | Physical processes | Published: 01/07/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets
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Sole patterns
A presentation to support the study of shoe sole patterns and  … read more
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Y5 | Physical processes | Published: 01/07/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets
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Investigation prediction
A presentation to collect children's predictions about which  … read more
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Y5 | Physical processes | Published: 01/07/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets
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Gears, pulleys and levers
A presentation to introduce children to everyday examples of  … read more
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Y5 | Physical processes | Published: 01/07/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets
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Gear ratios
A presentation of different gear combinations for children to  … read more
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Y5 | Physical processes | Published: 01/07/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets
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Friction: advantage or disadvantage?
A set of images for class discussion on whether friction is an  … read more
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Y5 | Physical processes | Published: 01/07/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets
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Forces in balance
A presentation to demonstrate forces using a balloon. This PowerPoint  … read more
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Y5 | Physical processes | Published: 01/07/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets
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Equal and opposite forces
A presentation to explain situations where forces are in balance.  … read more
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Y5 | Physical processes | Published: 01/07/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets
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Air resistance: good or bad?
A set of images for class discussion on whether air resistance  … read more
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Y5 | Physical processes | Published: 01/07/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets
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What do you know about magnets?
A multiple choice PowerPoint quiz, perfect for challenging children  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Published: 27/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets
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Magic or magnets?
A set of plenary slides to reinforce the concept of magnetic  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Published: 27/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Sorting interactive – magnetic or non-magnetic
Interactive sorting activity. Decide which everyday objects are  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Published: 27/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Sorting interactive – magnetic or non-magnetic images
Interactive sorting activity with images. Decide which everyday  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Published: 27/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Magnets – attract or repel?
A visual quiz to test children's knowledge of magnetic poles.  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Published: 27/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Which magnet is the strongest? – investigation scaffold
A simple proforma for planning and recording an experiment looking  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Working scientifically  | Published: 20/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets | Investigations and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Investigation – is everything magnetic?
An investigation planner including prompts for key aspects such  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Working scientifically  | Published: 20/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets | Investigations and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Friction investigation planner
A planning template to support children to develop a simple  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Published: 20/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Magnetic games – how do they work?
Children need to identify how the games work and begin to think  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Published: 20/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Metals – magnetic or non-magnetic
A Venn diagram sorting activity to predict which metals will  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Published: 20/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Magnetic – yes or no?
A PowerPoint quiz to consolidate children's knowledge of which  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Published: 20/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Forces – rank the materials
An interactive discussion activity to encourage children to make  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Published: 13/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Design a magnetic game
A design and planning form to guide children through the steps  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Published: 13/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Flowchart for making a magnetic game
A flowchart template for children to map out the steps needed  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Published: 13/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Magnetic game evaluation sheet
A step by step sheet to take children through the process of  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Published: 06/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Magnetic or non-magnetic – recording sheet
A sheet for recording results for an investigation to answer  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Working scientifically  | Published: 06/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets | Investigations and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Are all metals magnetic?
A sheet for recording results for an investigation to answer  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Working scientifically  | Published: 06/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets | Investigations and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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The Great Fernando – fact or fraud?
Children use scientific language linked to magnets and forces  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Published: 06/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Friction investigation – recording results
A sheet for recording results for a forces experiment. Students  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Published: 06/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Are two magnets stronger than one?
A simple proforma to aid the planning and recording of an in  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Published: 06/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Which magnet is strongest – super scientist prompts
A set of prompts to help children plan an investigation to find  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Working scientifically  | Published: 06/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets | Investigations and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Identifying sounds
Two activities to introduce the topic of sound. The first is  … read more
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Y4 | Physical processes | Working scientifically  | Published: 07/10/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Sound
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Sound insulator investigation
A practical activity exploring the use of different everyday  … read more
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Y4 | Physical processes | Working scientifically  | Published: 30/09/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Investigations | Sound
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Search for sources of light
A great introduction to the topic of light with photographs of  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Published: 16/09/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Light
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Electricity and circuits word mat
Simple word mat containing vocabulary related to electricity  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Physical processes | Published: 28/08/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Electricity
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Forces word mat
Simple word mat containing vocabulary related to forces. Children  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Physical processes | Published: 28/08/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets
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How to build an electrical circuit
A PowerPoint to demonstrate how to build circuits and present  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 | Physical processes | Published: 07/02/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Electricity
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Identifying conductors and insulators – be safe!
Children to sort materials into conductors and insulators and  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Physical processes | Weather | Published: 05/12/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Electricity
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Which materials conduct electricity?
An investigation which instructs children how to build a circuit  … read more
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Y4 | Physical processes | Published: 20/09/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Electricity
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Push and pull
Children think about, then draw, objects around the school that  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Physical processes | Published: 04/04/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets
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Camera obscura (pin-hole camera) light investigation
A set of resources and guide in which children create a camera  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Physical processes | Published: 19/12/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Light
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How do we hear sounds?
Children are asked to use pictures to show how sounds travel  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Physical processes | Published: 09/11/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Sound
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Sound experiment – talking string
Just like Alexander Graham Bell, explore how sound can travel.  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Physical processes | Published: 27/09/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Sound
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Making vibrations – investigations
Four simple investigations that allow children to discover the  … read more
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Y4 Y5 Y6 | Physical processes | Published: 24/08/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Sound
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Ear gongs experiment
Instructions for making an 'ear gong' to allow children to feel  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Physical processes | Published: 16/05/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Sound
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How do instruments work?
A great opening activity for the start of a topic on sound and  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Physical processes | Published: 10/05/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Sound
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Ordering the planets
A fun matching pelmanism to use to introduce the planets. Children  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Physical processes | Published: 11/04/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Earth and space and featured in our teaching pack(s) Explorers project pack
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The Sun and the planets – fact cards
A set of fact cards about the Sun and the eight planets closest  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Physical processes | Published: 10/04/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Earth and space
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Space - word mat
A word mat with space vocabulary to support teaching in this  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Physical processes | Published: 29/03/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Earth and space | Display and featured in our teaching pack(s) Explorers project pack
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Earth, Sun and Moon research pack
A series of worksheets researching the relationship between the  … read more
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Y4 Y5 Y6 | Physical processes | Published: 30/03/2011 | From the resource collection(s): Earth and space and featured in our teaching pack(s) Explorers project pack
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Solar system
Out of this world resource. Order the planets. Draw the planets  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Physical processes | Published: 20/06/2008 | From the resource collection(s): Earth and space and featured in our teaching pack(s) Explorers project pack
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