Use this document when planning schemes of work or when looking for resources that are related to specific national curriculum statements. The document, for primary science teachers in Wales, maps resources to statements from Science in the National Curriculum for Wales (key stage 2). Click the framework statement to access the resources and use with your class.

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

Use this document to help you find relevant resources for teaching the fundamental topics of chemistry in the Welsh national curriculum.

To support Welsh teachers of key stage 2 chemistry, we have analysed the Welsh national curriculum and identified the four statements that are relevant to chemistry (all from ‘The Sustainable Earth’ topic). We have linked each of these chemistry-relevant statements to a number of relevant resource groupings. For each of these resource groupings we have curated resource collections, to support you in identifying the most appropriate resources and using them with your class.

To access support for teaching around a specific statement, locate the statement below, and review our resource groupings. Then click the relevant resource groupings to access our resource collections.

Topic: The sustainable Earth

Relevant statements:

3. A comparison of the features and properties of some natural and man-made materials

Resource groupings:

Compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties.

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

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).

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

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

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

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


4. The properties of materials relating to their uses

Resource groupings:

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

5. How some materials are formed or produced

Resource groupings:

Describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock.

Recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.

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.

6. A consideration of what waste is and what happens to local waste that can be recycled and that which cannot be recycled

Resource groupings:

Take appropriate action to ensure conservation of materials and resources, considering the impact of our actions and lifestyle on the environment and Earth’s resources.

These tables contain public sector information from Science in the National Curriculum for Wales (© Crown copyright 2008), the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence (© Crown copyright 2012) and the English key stage 2 science sampling test framework: national curriculum tests from 2016 (© Crown copyright 2015), licenced under an Open Government licence v3.0.