ICSE Physics Class 6 Syllabus

The syllabus consists of six themes - (i) Matter, (ii) Physical Quantities and Measurement, (iii) Force, (iv) Energy, (v) Light, and (vi) Magnetism.

Theme 1: Matter

Matter- its meaning and composition.

States of Matter

  • Solids, Liquids and Gases.
  • Characteristics of Solids, Liquids and Gases (Shape, texture and Volume).
  • Distinguishing properties of Solids, Liquids and Gases

Theme 2: Physical Quantities and Measurement

Measurement of Length

  • Concept of length as distance between two points.
  • Measurement of length (ruler, measuring tape).
  • Units (with symbol and full name).

Measurement of Mass

  • Concept of Mass as matter contained in an object.
  • Measurement of Mass (Beam Balance, Electronic Balance).
  • Units (with symbol and full name).

Measurement of Time

  • Concept of time and explanation in terms of hours, minutes and seconds.
  • Measurement of Time (Clock, watch, stop watch).
  • Units (with symbol and full name).

(No distinction of SI, metric, MKS, CGS).

Measurement of Temperature

  • Temperature as a measure of degree of hotness or coldness of body.
  • Measurement of temperature (clinical thermometer, laboratory thermometer).
  • Normal temperature of a human body.
  • Units (with symbol and full name).

Measurement of Area:

  • Concept of area.
  • Area of Regular shapes (using graph paper).

Theme 3: Force

Force as a push or pull.

Effects of force on

  • Mass (No effect)
  • Speed
  • Direction (rest and motion)
  • Change in shape and size
  • Using real world examples only.

Force of Friction

  • Types - Rolling, Sliding and Static.
  • Advantages and Disadvantages.

Theme 4: Energy

Simple Machines

  • Basic Concept
  • Mechanical Advantage

Types of Simple Machines

  • Lever
  • Wheel and axle
  • Pulley
  • Inclined plane
  • Wedge
  • Screw

Different Orders of Levers

Numericals based on mechanical advantage or leverage

Load × Load arm = Effort × Effort arm.

Theme 5: Light

Rectilinear Propagation of Light.

Applications of rectilinear propagation of light.

Pinhole camera

  • Principle and Working
  • Factors on which the size of the image produced depends


  • Umbra
  • Penumbra
  • Natural Shadows - Eclipses

Theme 6: Magnetism

  • Magnetic and non-magnetic substances.
  • Characteristics of a magnet.
  • Properties of magnets.
  • Magnetic field around a magnet.
  • Earth’s magnetic field.
  • Making of Magnets
  • Permanent & temporary magnets and their uses
  • Electromagnets and choice of material for the core of an electromagnet
  • Care & storage of magnets
  • Demagnetization by heating, hammering and electricity.