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Year 2 science attainment

What should my child be able to do at the end of Year 2?

Every child is different and parents should not be concerned if their child is not able to do all of these things.

As a rough guide, by the end of Year 2 science many children will be able to:

  • A group of children looking carefully at an objectUndertake simple experiments, describe their observations using scientific terms and record them in a suitable form, noting whether what happened was what they expected.
  • Describe the conditions that animals and plants need in order to survive and recognise that different living things are found in different places.
  • Sort living things and materials into groups using simple features and describe the basis for their groupings.
  • Identify a range of common materials and recognise some of their properties (including ways in which some materials are changed by heating, cooling or by processes such as bending).
  • Know about a range of physical processes, comparing the way in which devices such as bulbs work in different electrical circuits, the brightness or colour of lights and the loudness or pitch of sounds.
  • Compare the movement of different objects in terms of speed or direction.


How can I help my child at home?

  • Encourage your child's natural curiosity about the world, prompting them to offer explanations about why things happen.
  • Enjoy cooking together and discuss the different process at work as yeast makes bread rise, flour makes gravy thicker and heat changes something soft into something solid.
  • Listen to the weather forecast and discuss the conditions that lead to snow, ice, fog, rain and drought.
  • Visit science centres, museums, aquariums, conservation centres and zoos.
  • Grow a selection of indoor plants and discover what happens when they are kept in different conditions, such as a dark cupboard, by a window or in a cold place.
  • Watch CBBC Newsround or visit the online site and discuss the items with a science focus.
  • Help your child to become environmentally aware and discuss recycling, endangered species and ways we can help to protect the planet.
  • If you don't have a pet, encourage your child to adopt an animal and become aware of its habitat and needs.



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