Adaptation is the process by which living creatures (animals and plants) adapt or evolve to survive in their environment and to live amongst a specific group of other living things.
Air resistance is the force on an object moving through air. Air resistance affects how fast or slowly objects move through the air.
A battery is a cell that makes electricity within an electrical circuit.
Canines are teeth used for tearing and ripping food.
Carnivores are animals that eat mainly meat and hunt their prey.
A circuit is a closed-loop for electricity to travel around. In primary school children learn about simple series circuits in which a single wire runs from a battery to a bulb and back again.
The circulatory system is the network of organs (including the heart) and vessels in which the blood flows allowing nutrients and oxygen around the body.
Condensation is the process of turning from a gas into a liquid. In the water cycle, the evaporated water in the air cools and turns back into a liquid.
A conductor is an object that allows electricity to flow through it easily. Objects made of metal are good conductors.
A consumer consumes a producer (usually a plant, in a food chain/web) or another consumer by eating it. Consumers can be primary, secondary, tertiary, etc consumers depending on their position in the food chain. Consumers are also called predators of the animals they eat; animals eaten by other animals are prey.
A current is the amount of electricity flowing through a circuit. It is measured in amps.
Deciduous trees shed their leaves in winter; their leaves are usually wide and flat.
The digestive system is made up of all the organs that help the body break down and process the food we eat.
Dissolving is a way of mixing a solid and a liquid. When a solid dissolves in a liquid it creates a solution.
Electricity is a form of energy caused by electrons moving about.
Evaporation is the process by which a liquid, when heated, changes into a gas and rises into the air. Evaporation is part of the water cycle as water from the earth’s seas and oceans evaporates when is heated by the sun’s rays.
Evergreen trees (conifers) keep their leaves all year. Most have leaves shaped like needles.
Evolution is the process of change to animal and plant species over long periods of time, or how plant species and animals have developed from generation to generation.
A fair test is a controlled investigation used to answer a question in a scientific way.
Filtering is a method of separating mixtures of solids and liquids.
A food chain is a diagram that shows us how animals are linked by what they eat.
A food web is a set of linked food chains.
Forces are the pushes and pulls which act on our bodies and the things around us to make things move and stop moving.
Freezing is the process of changing a liquid into a solid.
Friction is a ‘sticking’ force – the resistance that a surface or object encounters when moving over another surface or object. Air resistance, water resistance, and surface resistance are kinds of friction.
A gas is one of the three states of matter on Earth. A gas can flow, expand, and be squeezed.
Germination is the process of a seed starting to grow to create a new plant.
Gravity is the pulling force acting between the Earth and a falling object. Gravity pulls objects to the ground.
A habitat is a home environment for plants and animals or other organisms.
Herbivores are animals whose diet mostly consists of plants.
Igneous rock is one of the three kinds of rock present on Earth. It is formed when magma or lava from volcanoes cools; basalt and granite are both igneous rocks.
Incisors are teeth used for biting and cutting food. Children learn about them as part of their study of teeth and how to take care of them.
An insulator is an object that does not allow electricity to flow through it easily. Rubber, paper and some plastics are good insulators.
Invertebrates are animals who don’t have a bony skeleton are called invertebrates; insects, spiders and crabs are invertebrates.
An irreversible change is a change that cannot be changed back again. Burning or mixing a liquid with bicarbonate of soda are examples of irreversible changes.
Light is the energy that allows us to see the world. A light source makes light by using another kind of energy (for example heat or nuclear energy).
A liquid is one of the three states of matter on Earth. A liquid forms a pool, flows or runs but it can’t be stretched or squeezed.
A Magnet has a magnetic field (an invisible pattern of magnetism). A magnet attracts or repels other items.
Magnetic force is an invisible force created by electrons. Magnetic force controls magnetism and electricity.
Magnetism is a force caused by the electrons in the atoms that make up everything around us.
Material is the matter or substance that objects are made from. Examples of materials are metal, plastic, wood, glass, ceramics, synthetic fibres and composites. Different materials have different features, or properties, which make them suitable for different uses.
Matter makes up our planet and the whole universe. On Earth, all matter exists in one of three different states: solid, liquid or gas.
Melting is the process of changing a solid into a liquid.
A Micro-habitat is a very specific, small home environment (like a tree or a pond) for plants, animals, and insects.
Molars (and pre-molars) are teeth used for grinding and crushing food. Children learn about them as part of their study of teeth and how to take care of them.
A moon is a celestial object that orbits a planet.
Metamorphic rock like slate or marble formed when other kinds of rock (igneous or sedimentary) are changed due to heat or pressure.
Omnivores are animals that eat a mixture of plants and meat.
Things are opaque if light cannot pass through them.
Photosynthesis is the process plants use to make food from sunlight; it also requires carbon dioxide (from the air), and water (from the soil).
Pitch is the quality of a sound. Depending on how fast or slowly something vibrates a sound’s pitch will be high or low.
A planet is a celestial object that orbits a star like our solar system’s Sun.
Pole: A magnet’s north pole is the end of the magnet attracted to the Earth’s North magnetic pole; a magnet’s south pole is the end of the magnet attracted to the Earth’s South magnetic pole.
Precipitation- rain, sleet, hail and snow, the water droplets which fall from the sky.
Producer (usually a green plant) in a food chain/web, passes energy on to a consumer (an animal who eats the plant) through carbohydrates and proteins.
Reflection is when light hits the surface of an object and then that light travels to our eyes so we can see. Mirrors catch light rays in front of them and throw it back in the direction it came from.
A reversible change be changed back again. Melting and heating are examples of reversible changes.
Season- there are four seasons (autumn, winter, spring, summer) These are caused by the Earth’s tilt as it rotates around the Sun.
Sedimentary rock like sandstone or chalk formed over millions of years when sediments (tiny pieces of rocks and organic matter) are pressed together.
Senses- hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste.
Shadow- the darkness formed when light rays cannot pass through something.
Sieving is a method of separating mixtures of solids and liquids.
Simple machines work by turning small forces into larger ones, allowing us to perform tasks with more strength or speed. Examples of simple machines are levers, gears, pulleys, wheels and screws.
A Solid is one of the three states of matter on Earth. A solid can hold its shape.
Sound is created when something vibrates and sends waves of energy (vibration) into our ears.
States of matter- matter makes up our planet and the whole universe. On Earth, all matter exists in one of three different states: solid, liquid or gas. Depending on its temperature, matter can change state; heating, cooling, evaporating and condensation are ways in which a material changes state.
Sun a star, a giant ball of hot gas. Our Sun makes life possible on Earth.
Surface resistance is the force on objects moving across a surface.
A switch turns an electrical circuit on or off by starting or stopping a current flowing.
Things are translucent when they let some light pass through.
Things are transparent if most light can pass through them and the shape of the object can be distinctly seen.
Vertebrates are animals with backbones / skeletons and include amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles.
Voltage is the amount of electrical energy used. It is measured in volts.
The water cycle is the continuous journey water takes from the sea, to the sky, to the land and back to the sea.
Water resistance is the force on objects floating on or moving in water.