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Welcome to the Science Essentials website, the learning zone for kids, teachers and parents for Key Stage 2 science (ages 7-11).

Find out loads more about science by investigating the three areas: Choose Life, Material World and Get Physical. Or search via the QCA index, the English National Curriculum or the Scottish Curriculum for more specific results.

If you are a teacher, take some time to read the Teachers' Notes area, this will help you get the best out of the Science Essentials website.

 
    Choose LifeMaterial WorldGet Physical
   
 
Lingo
Check out our A-Z of scientific words and terms.
 
Search via the QCA index, the English National Curriculum or the Scottish Curriculum
 
Question
What is air resistance?
   
Answer
 
The friction between the air and something moving through it - between the air and an aeroplane, or between the air and a falling parachute. This friction slows it down - a nuisance for the aeroplane, but handy for the parachute!

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