KS2 Science Curriculum Year 6 | Science Syllabus Year 6

KS2 – Science Key Stage 2, Year 6 from 2016

This dedicated page is to outline the Key Stage Two Year 6 Science curriculum and give parents and teachers a good understanding of what is required at this level. Year 6 science, covers Living things and their habitats, Animals including humans, Evolution and inheritance, Light and Electricity.


BIOLOGY – Living things and their habitats

  • B6a: Describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals
  • B6b: Give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics
  • B6c: Identify the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood
  • B6d: Recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function
  • B6e: Describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans

BIOLOGY – Evolution and inheritance

  • B6f:  Recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago
  • B5g: Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents

  • B5h: Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution


  • P6a: Recognise that light appears to travel in straight line
  • P6b: Use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
  • P6c: Explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
  • P6d: Use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them

PHYSICS – Electricity

  • P6e: Associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit
  • P6f: Compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including brightness of bulbs, loudness of buzzers and on / off position of switches
  • P6g: Use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram