Year 6 science attainment

What should my child be able to do by the end of year 6?

During Year 5 and Year 6 science, children will be working towards the knowledge, skills and understanding listed below. There are no separate expectations for the end of Year 5, although children will be developing their proficiency in science and may well be able to do some of the following.

By the end of Year 6, most children will be able to:

  • Recognise that scientific ideas are based on evidence.
  • Choose approaches and equipment appropriate to specific investigations.
  • Three girls preparing to look at microscope slidesMake observations and measurements that are adequate for a task.
  • Describe or show how to vary one factor while keeping others the same.
  • Select information from given sources and make reasoned predictions.
  • Record observations, comparisons and measurements using tables, charts and graphs, using their recorded outcomes to point out and interpret data patterns and inform their conclusions.
  • Communicate their findings using appropriate scientific language.
  • Suggest improvements in their work, giving reasons.

How can I help my child at home?

  • Visit or to discover a wealth of scientific facts, features and exciting things for children to do.
  • During library visits, encourage your child to borrow some books with a scientific focus.
  • Use digital photography as a tool to study science, encouraging your child to collect images such as weather patterns, the moon and plants and animals found in contrasting habitats.
  • Set some scientific challenges for your child to research and explore, such as how long they can keep an ice cube for without it melting, encouraging them to record the information found using scientific terminology and appropriate charts and tables.
  • Encourage your child to take up a hobby or explore an interest with a scientific focus, such as astronomy or 'being green'.
  • Watch or listen to the news regularly with your child, noting, discussing and researching items with a scientific focus.
  • Ensure your child is aware of the impact people have on the environment and what can be done to protect endangered species or environments.
  • Continue to encourage your child to cook and grow their own plants from seed.


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Last updated: about 3 years ago