Key stage 2 English national curriculum guide


Use this document when planning schemes of work or when looking for resources that are related to specific national curriculum statements. A linking document for primary science teachers in England, which maps Learn Chemistry resources to statements from the key stage 2 science sampling framework, which aligns with the national curriculum science programmes of study. Click the framework statement to access the resources.


Royal Society of Chemistry resources aligned to English national curriculum for key stage 2 science

The Royal Society of Chemistry recognises the value of primary science in developing a person’s chemical understanding. Through the teaching of fundamental topics such as changing of state and properties of materials you are laying the foundations of chemistry.

Through the key stage 2 science sampling test framework, the Department for Education in England has highlighted the chemistry content which aligns with the

We have curated collections for each statement from the sampling framework, to support you in identifying the most appropriate resources from Learn Chemistry and using them with your class.

To access a collection click the corresponding statement below.




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.


C4a Compare and group together materials according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases.

States of matter

C4b Observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C).


C4c Identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.


C5a Compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets.


C5b Know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution.

Properties and changes of materials

C5c Use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating.


C5d Give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials including metals, wood and plastic.


C5e Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and change of state are reversible.


C5f Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.

This tablecontains public sector information from the key stage 2 science sampling test framework: national curriculum tests from 2016, licenced under an Open Government licence v3.0, © Crown copyright 2015.

Click the statement links to access Learn Chemistry resource collections that can be used with students in lessons.