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Support for School Leadership & SENCOs

Guidance for supporting children with SEND to make progress with primary science.

Inclusive approaches for primary science

Inclusive Approaches for Primary Science began as a two year curriculum development project, Primary Science for All, led by Sheffield Hallam University and funded by the Primary Science Teaching Trust. The project included a group of participant teachers and teaching assistants from a mixture of primary school settings including special schools, pupil referral units attached to mainstream schools, and mainstream schools. All had a commitment to improving the inclusivity of primary science so that lessons would be accessible to all learners.

Two key inclusive approaches were developed by the Primary Science for All project: Wonder Cupboards and Frames.

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One of my children actually turned around and said, ‘Well, I know what to do next.’ So it’s helping him to be a bit more self-directed and helping him to feel a bit more in control.


Inclusive approaches for primary science

This resource introduces two key approaches, and outlines how teachers and teaching assistants can incorporate them into their science curricula for children with diverse needs.

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