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Y3 Rocks KS2 Science topic resources

A set of resources to teach rocks and soils, following the new science curriculum 2014.


  • WHAT ARE ROCKS AND SOILS: Introduces the topic, looks at where rocks and soil are found, and describes different types of rock and soil.
  • DIFFERENT ROCKS: Examines different types of common rock in more detail, looking at properties and uses.
  • DIFFERENT SOILS: A closer look at different types of soil and their properties.
  • FOSSILS: Explains simply how they are formed, then gives examples of different types of fossils.


  • What I already know/would like to find out about rocks and soils
  • Fossil writing sheet
  • Grouping rocks worksheet x 2 (one with headings, the other blank)
  • How fossils are formed worksheet
  • Soils worksheet x 2 (one with headings, the other blank)
  • Testing rocks for hardness recording sheet
  • Testing rocks for permeability recording sheet
  • Topic cover x 2
  • Wordsearch


  • A4 Title Rocks and soils x 2
  • A-Z lettering with rock background, plus large title 'Rocks'
  • Photographs of rock - cliffs, outcrops, quarries, buildings etc
  • Vocabulary cards - rocks and soils

Plus outline medium term plan with weblinks and objectives.

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