KS2 – Science key stage 2, year 3 from 2016

BIOLOGY – Plants

  • B3a:  Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem / trunk, leaves and flowers
  • B3b: Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant
  • B3c:  Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants
  • B3d:  Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal

BIOLOGY – Animals including humans

  • B3e:  Identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat
  • B3f: Identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement


  • C3a: Compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties
  • C3b:  Describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock
  • C3c: Recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter


  • P3a: Recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light
  • P3b: Notice that light is reflected from surfaces
  • P3c: Recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes
  • P3d: Recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object
  • P3e:  find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change

Physics – Forces and magnet

  • P3f:  Compare how things move on different surfaces
  • P3g:  Notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distances
  • P3h:  Observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others
  • P3i:  Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials
  • P3j:  Describe magnets as having two poles
  • P3k:  Predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing