Key stage 2 (KS2) courses

Rocks and soils (KS2)

A practical, messy and fun day, particularly good for winter as more time is spent inside than out.


The day includes simple rock experiments and children becoming 'Soil Detectives' to solve the mystery of the stolen packed lunch!

Areas covered

Introducing rocks:

  • Importance of rocks
  • Experiments to find out type, hardness and permeability of different rocks
  • Rock trail  (outside) 
  • Soils:

    • What is soil made of?
    • 'Mystery of the Stolen Packed Lunch' - investigation of two different soil types
    • Soil sampling
    • Soil texture
    • Making soil

    National Curriculum links

    Attainment Target (AT) 1: 1b, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e
    AT 2: 3a, 3c, 5f
    AT 3: 1d to describe and group rocks and soils on the basis of their characteristics, including appearance, texture and permeability;

    Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA) relevance:
    Science units: 3B, 3C, 3F, 5C