Aim: to develop children's science attainment and understanding of what science is and what scientists do through the science curriculum.
Who is involved?
- Science Lead
- All teachers
What do they do?
- Use children's questions to inform planning.
- Include a diverse range of scientists and people who use science across the curriculum.
- Make cross-curricular links to show how science can be relevant to other subjects - and other subjects to science.
- Explicitly address children's misconceptions.
- Provide children with clear and meaningful practical experiences, models, analogies and explanations.
- Develop children's literacy in science lessons.
Want to find out more, or do this yourself?
Here are some "How To" guides and ideas:
- How to help children learn about and relate to scientists
- How to develop literacy in science
- List of scientists and people who use science (historical, current and in some cases fictional!), according to topic
- The PLAN assessment resources
- Primary science equipment guidance from SCORE (spreadsheet of recommended resources)
- These science ideas webs from the Royal Society of Chemistry are a helpful starting point for cross-curricular planning.
- The Institute of Physics Marvin and Milo cards provide plenty of experiment ideas with scientific explanations.
- The charity Practical Action's STEM resources are full of cross-curricular links, which emphasise ways in which science can help tackle global issues and help people all over the world.
- Vocabulary lists for science topics
- How to retro-fit a science capital curriculum!
- How to encourage and build children's questions into the curriculum
- How to teach children about a range of STEM careers
- Lesson planning ideas and resources by year group and topic