Primary Science Resources
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Full of new ideas and strategies, these resources support teachers with the planning, delivery, assessment and leadership of primary science. Please browse the materials below.
These online and downloadable units support teachers’ professional development and are suitable for sharing with colleagues. Many also contain associated classroom materials.
Self-directed activities to support learning in science and add purpose and enjoyment to playtimes.
See Through Science
A book of fifteen high-resolution images (included with the book as a digital download) to develop children’s observation, questioning and discussion skills.
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Introducing historic and contemporary scientists' discoveries into the primary classroom through practical investigations
Explore, Engage, Extend
Written by PSTT Fellow Tracy Tyrrell, this fantastic new book supports teachers to elicit children’s knowledge and understanding in science and use this to…
The Molliebird - An Evolution Story
The Molliebird is a narrative poem which tells the story of natural selection. It provides a highly engaging fictional context for discussion about evolution.
Let's Go! STEM Trails
Following the success of ‘Let’s Go! Science Trails', we are delighted to release STEM Trails: 29 Trails that offer a holistic way of looking at science,…
Science In My Pocket
An exciting set of structured science activities for teaching assistants to use with children who need emotional and behavioural support.
"I Can Explain!"
A groundbreaking new approach to introducing and developing scientific understanding. Find out more today.
Let's Go! Science Trails
A full colour, 80 page book, developed by a group of teachers in London who designed 'Science Trails’ to provide holistic outdoor learning, even in urban…
This resource tells the story of the Titanic through practical enquiry based science. It demonstrates how science played a pivotal role during the key moments…
The Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project is developing guidance and resources to support teachers and schools.
Children's University & STEM Clubs
Off the shelf resources for running extra-curricular clubs for children, with Children's University accreditation available.
This project provides family learning sessions in science. Children come to school with a parent, and they learn science together through problem solving and…
An engaging primary school STEM project for upper KS2 children that is easily adapted to suit any age group.
I bet you didn't know...
Introducing cutting-edge science research to primary children is an exciting way to stimulate children and teachers and provides a rich context for learning.
City Science Stars
Engaging primary school children in practical science with links to football, other sports and space.
Big Jurassic Classroom
Activities to introduce the Jurassic Coast into your classroom for Early Years, KS1 and KS2
Strategies to encourage higher order thinking in science through dedicated discussion slots.
Growing Music is a WOMAD Foundation project which brings together music, science and design technology within a cultural context.
Using floor books as a strategy for developing, recording and assessing children's understanding of scientific concepts and working scientifically skills.
Definitions, examples and symbols of different types of scientific enquiry.
Symbols, definitions and examples of scientific enquiry skills which can be developed.
This booklet is designed to be used alongside a set of 12 wooden models - commissioned by the Primary Science Teaching Trust, with the intention of creating a…
Medium term plans to support the work of teachers of pupils with special educational needs in science.
A community project encouraging the observation of wildlife.
Cross Curricular Science and History
Delivering science topics and developing enquiry skills through cross-curricular science and historical and citizenship contexts.
Science Reading Challenge
Ideas to help teachers organise a science reading challenge in their school to promote enjoyment of science.
Six biology and chemistry activities developed by STEMNET for STEM Ambassadors and teachers to use with KS3 children to support transition.
Let's Talk Science and Health
The Let’s Talk Science and Health resources provide teachers with a highly interactive set of science teaching resources which encourage discussion about health…
The Science of Colour
The “Creating a Colourful Life” resources were developed for use in both Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.
Thinking in Science
By building on the highly successful REAL Project, led by London Gifted & Talented (2006-2009), this project brought together expertise from the fields of G&T,…
Nine Bristol primary schools working with Bristol ChemLabS tackled the issue of primary children having little direct experience of science practicals.
Working Scientifically (floorbooks)
Examples of children's scientific enquiry skills recorded in floorbooks.
Types of enquiry (floorbooks)
Examples of types of enquiry in primary science lessons recorded by teachers in a floor book.
Examples of formative and summative assessment ad pupil progress recorded in floor books.
The Dramatic Science approach provides a first hand opportunity for children to engage directly with scientific processes and concepts.
This resource allows teachers to create a Materials Trail within their own school to help young students explore the common materials that make up their…
Resources to develop teachers' subject knowledge in physics topics: forces, electricity, light and sound.
Developing leadership through peer coaching and increasing attainment in science through physical education.
Datalogging And Eco-Monitoring
This CPD unit is based on the Eco-monitoring at Key Stage 2 project, run in Bath and South Gloucestershire schools in 2008-9, and as a cluster project in…
Resourcing Primary Science
This unit has been created by Rosemary Feasey to support teachers with responsibility for science in primary schools.
This CPD unit explores argument as a teaching and learning strategy for primary science. The unit is supported by classroom materials, designed to introduce…
A Scientist in Your Classroom
This unit offers you the opportunity to discover the many ways in which you can work with a scientist in your classroom.
This site is designed for primary and secondary teachers' continuous professional development (CPD) for teaching argumentation in school science.
This PDU introduces Concept Cartoons, describes the rationale behind them and invites you to watch two teachers using them with a Reception/Year 1 class and…
Concept Mapping is an exciting and effective tool to use with students of all ages. It is a means of forming and clarifying ideas and it is an aid to formative…
Coteaching explicitly brings two or more teachers together to improve what they can offer to the children they teach, while providing opportunities to learn…
EAL Primary Science
This unit offers you an opportunity for you to reflect on issues related to teaching children with English as an Additional Language (EAL).
Enrich Science Learning
This CPD Unit shows how science centres can extend and enrich your children's experience of science in the classroom.
Fostering Curiosity in Early Years Science
The energy and enthusiasm of young children, when liberated, can enable them to be amazing explorers of their worlds.
Interactive Whiteboards for Effective Primary Science
This Continuing Professional Development unit has been designed for colleagues who have not yet got an IWB or those who are in the early stages of using one and…
'Let's Talk' is a series of activities designed to encourage young people to: Evaluate environmental and scientific issues.
Think Through Science
'Let's Think through Science' is intended to develop thinking in pupils aged 7 - 9 years. It comprises 15 lessons based on science topics frequently taught in…
Interactive whiteboard resources for light, sound and matter.
This unit has been produced by Dr Lynne Bianchi, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University.
Stories in Science
Welcome to this Continuous Professional Development Unit on the use of puppets, books and stories within primary science.
Children learn far more effectively when they are actively involved with a lesson, especially if they feel that their own questions have guided the lesson.
This unit introduces science clubs and the benefits of running a science club.
This unit has been written by Dr Lynne Bianchi (Senior Research Fellow) and Penny Thompson (Senior Lecturer) at Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam…
Explores how science fits into the early learning goals and what it is like to teach science to a foundation class.
The Science~Physical approach – exploring scientific concepts through the creative arts (in this instance movement and dance) – is closely based on a…
The Thinking Frames Approach
There are 5 key sections to the Thinking Frames Approach; Setting the Question, Brainwave, See, Think/Sequence, Paragraph.
Beyond The Classroom
This CPD unit explores how the outdoor classroom can be successfully planned to motivate learners in science whilst highlighting opportunities to bridge into…
York STAY Project
This unit is based on the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust research and development programme at the University of York and provides you with a range of…
A programme of professional development for teachers at primary, secondary and post-16 levels, to evaluate practical science teaching.