UKS2 Science Vocabulary Map


The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.


During years 5 and 6, pupils will be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of every programme of study content:

  • planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
  • taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate
  • recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs
  • using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  • reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations
  • identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.


Upper Key Stage 2


Cycle 1


Science Coverage

Knowledge vocabulary


Cycle 2




Knowledge vocabulary









As LKS2 + Flow,


Components, (parts)



Symbols: cells, buzzer, wire, bulb, switch (on and off), motor,



Voltage circuits, diagrams, components, series circuit, voltage

Heart Beat


Animals including humans


Circulatory system: capillaries, lungs, cells, blood vessels, functions, lungs, transport, nutrients, oxygen, adrenaline, adrenaline, aerobic respiration, alveoli, aorta, arteries, atrium, blood, blood vessels, bronchi, bronchioles, capillaries, carotid artery, circulatory system, clotting, deoxygenated, diaphragm, gills, haemoglobin, heart, heart rate, intercostal muscles, lungs, oxygenated, plasma, platelets, pulmonary artery, pulmonary vein, pulse, red blood cells, veins, ventricles, white blood cells, wind pipe (trachea)



Gallery Rebels





Same as LKS2 + Reflect (don’t use bounce), object, light source, brain, eye,

Shadow, optic nerve

Straight lines,

absorption, lenses, light source, optics, periscope, prism, rainbow, reflection, refraction, spectrum, transmission

Alchemy Island


Properties and changing materials












Separation buoyancy, burning, change of state, chemical changes, chemical reaction, density, dissolving, elasticity, electrical conductivity, evaporating, filtering, filtrate, gas, hardness, irreversible or hard-to-reverse change, liquid, melting, magnetism, polymer, residue, reversible change, rusting (oxidisation), sieving, solid, solubility,
solute, solution, solvent, stiffness, strength, suspension, thermal conductivity, toughness


Star Gazing


Earth and Space

asteroids, axis, celestial body, comets, Earth, Earth’s rotation, elliptical orbit, gravitational force, heliocentric model of the solar system, galaxy, geocentric model, hemisphere, Jupiter, light year, Mars, Mercury, meteors, moon, Neptune, phases of the moon, Saturn, shadow clock, shooting stars, Sun, sundial, time zones, Uranus, Venus


Frozen Kingdom


Living things and their habitats


As LKS2 + Life cycle, mammal, amphibian, insect, reproduction, asexual reproduction, sexual reproduction, naturalist, fertilisation, seed dispersal, pollination, stamen, stigma, anther, style, ovary, ovule, sepal, filament, pistil

Humans, elderly, adolescence, adolescent, puberty, gestation periods, classification, classification
keys, dichotomous/binary keys, five kingdoms (bacteria, protists, animals, plants, fungi), genetic variation, invertebrates, vertebrates (reptiles, fish, amphibians, birds, mammals) anther, asexual reproduction animal behaviourist, birth, bud, carpel, chromosomes, cross-pollination, death, egg cell (ovum), embryo, fallopian tubes, female gamete, fertilization, filament, gestation, growth, hormones, life cycles, male gamete, menstrual cycle, microorganisms, naturalist, ovaries, ovary, ovulation, penis, petals, placenta, puberty, sepals, sexual reproduction, sperm, stamens, stigma, style, testes, uterus, vagina, vertebrates (reptiles, fish, amphibians, birds, mammals), zygote

Hola Mexico



As LKS2 + drag forces, gears, levers, pulleys, springs, transference of force and motion




Evolution and inheritance



Fossils, evolution, structural and behavioural, Darwin, Alfred Wallace, Mary Anning, environment, habitat, species,

adaptation, chromosomes, competition, DNA, environmental conditions, environmental variations, evolution, evolutionary change, features, fossil records, genes, genetic variation, inheritance, natural