Year 2 science: what your child learns IITian Academy  App for accessing Full features

Living things and their habitats

  • compare things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive
  • describe how different habitats provide needs for different kinds of animals
  • name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats
  • describe simple food chains


  • observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants
  • describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy

Animals, including humans

  • understand that animals have offspring which grow into adults
  • find out about the basic needs of animals (water, food, air)
  • describe the importance of good diet, exercise and hygiene

Use of everyday materials

  • identify and compare suitability of a variety of everyday materials for particular uses
  • find out how shapes of solid objects can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching

In Year 2 your child will learning about science by using the following methods, processes and skills:

  • asking simple questions 
  • observing closely, using simple equipment
  • identifying and classifying
  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
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