KS2 Science Practice Papers

If your child is in Year 6 at primary school, then they’ll be in full-preparation for their SATs exams. While not all primary schools sit externally-marked Science SATs papers, it’s entirely possible that your child will have to. Even if they don’t sit an externally-marked SATs exam, your child will probably an end-of-year science exam.

Whatever the case, having strong science skills at the end of primary school can set your child up for excellent in Science at secondary school – whether its a grammar or comprehensive school. Giving your child more confidence in science now may pay off in the future, as they become more and more interested in Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. Let’s take a look at the new KS2 SATs exams, and what they mean for you as a parent.

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ABOUT THIS WORKBOOK – KS2 SCIENCE PRACTICE PAPERS

This KS2 SATs workbook is full of practice questions for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Your child will have access to two full sets of tests for each of the three sciences.

In addition, you will be provided with answers and explanations for each question, giving yourself and your child the opportunity to figure out where your child’s strengths lie, and where they need to improve. 

THE NEW KS2 SATS – KS2 Science Practice Papers

The primary school SATs exams have been updated to more precisely measure the academic performance of year 6 children in English, maths and now science.

Our guide will ensure your child can meet the demands of the new KS2 Science SATs, which include:

  • An ability to retain and reproduce simple scientific facts and explanations;
  • An understanding of how to work scientifically in the correct way – by making sure tests are fair;
  • Making conclusions in response to an exam paper that will test their knowledge in several different ways.

See below for some sample test questions taken from KS2 Science Practice Papers!

KS2 Science Practice Papers

PRACTICE SCIENCE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS – KS2 Science Practice Papers

Question 1

Question 1

Answer the following questions by circling one of the three options given: always, sometimes, or never.

a) Earth receives light from the Sun.

ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER

b) The moon produces light.

ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER

c) The Sun shines on London.

ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER

d) You should look directly at the Sun.

ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER

e) Light travels in straight lines.

ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER

f) You can see without light.

ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER
Question 2

Question 2

Preston is examining how different materials produce different amounts of friction. He has a toy car, and three different strips of material of the same length. He plans to make the car roll across each type of material and measure how far each of them travels. The first material is a smooth pane of glass, the second is a plank of wood, and the third is a strip of carpet. The shorter the distance the car travels on a material, the more friction has been generated.

a) How can Preston ensure that he carries out a fair test?

b) Name three pieces of apparatus that Preston will need for this test.

c) Write out some step-by-step instructions that Preston could follow to carry out
this experiment.

d) What do you expect the result of Preston’s experiment to be?

Question 3

Question 3

Look at the following diagram representing our solar system. You will notice that there are some planets missing. Use your knowledge of the order of the planets to complete the diagram, by drawing the missing ones and labelling them. Don’t worry about getting the sizes to scale!

Question 4

Question 4

Describe what happens when the opposite poles of two magnets are near each other.

ANSWERS TO SAMPLE QUESTIONS

Question 1

a) Always

b) Never

c) Sometimes

d) Never

e) Always

f) Never

Question 2

a) To ensure that he carries out a fair test, Preston should use the same car throughout, do multiple tests on each material, make sure the materials are the same size and make the cars move at the same speed by using the same ramp for each test.

b) Preston will need a toy car, a ruler to measure how far the car rolls, a ramp, and the three materials.

c) A possible list of instructions for this test could be:

  • Set up the first material to be tested so it lies at the foot of the ramp.
  • Place the car at the very top of the ramp or at a clearly marked line.
  • Let the car roll down the ramp and across the material.
  • From the foot of the ramp, measure how far the car rolled in centimetres.
  • Record this result in a table.
  • Repeat the last four steps another couple of times, and write down all the results.
  • Repeat from step 1 with the other two materials.
  • Write down a conclusion, describing your results and explaining how you made the test fair.

d) You should expect the car to travel the furthest on the glass surface, i.e. that glass produces the least amount of friction out of the three materials. You would also expect and the carpet to produce the most amount of friction.

Question 3

Your diagram should look something like this:

Question 4

a) Repel

MAKE THE SMART CHOICE! – KS2 SCIENCE PRACTICE PAPERS

Our KS2 Science is Easy series will give your child everything they need to prepare for their primary schools SATs exams, and achieve the best grades possible. These workbooks contain guidance, advice, tips, practice questions, answers, and explanations. This is all presented in a clear and concise manner – supplemented by memorable images and diagrams to help them understand the world of science!

Test their knowledge and track their progress with our large number of practice questions, which we have endeavoured to make as authentic as possible!

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KS2 Science Practice Papers – Contents:

  • Over 80 pages of practice test questions;
  • Test questions written in the style of the real SATs exams;
  • Two full sets of questions for Biology, Physics, and Chemistry;
  • Complete with answers and explanations to give your child guidance on how to improve their skills in SATs science.

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