SUBJECT LEADERS

Below we provide links to key documents and resources, that are published by others, that will be of use to science subject leaders. They are broken down by topic. Click on the links below to select a topic or scroll down to review them all.

Assessment

 
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PLAN

PLAN is a set of resources produced to enable teachers to have a clearer understanding of National Curriculum (England) expectations for meeting the standard in science. Annotated collections of children’s work provide examples of what working at the expected standard for primary science might look like for the knowledge and conceptual understanding statements of the programmes of study.

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TEACHER ASSESSMENT IN PRIMARY SCIENCE (TAPS)

The TAPS project has developed the TAPS pyramid tool to provide schools with a supportive structure to evaluate and develop their assessment processes. This website also contains a growing database of updated focused assessment plans and work samples.

End of Key Stage 1 assessment

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TEACHER ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORKS AT THE END OF KEY STAGE 1

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KEY STAGE 1 NATIONAL CURRICULUM SCIENCE STATEMENTS LINKED TO THE TEACHER ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORKS

The document, available from Our resources page, contains the National Curriculum science statements that feed into the Teacher assessment frameworks at the end of key stage 1.

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TEACHER ASSESSMENT EXEMPLIFICATION: KEY STAGE 1 SCIENCE

The Teacher assessment exemplification: KS1 science is published by the UK Government and provides examples of pupils work to support teachers in making judgments against the statutory Teacher assessment frameworks at the end of key stage 1.

End of Key Stage 2 assessment

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TEACHER ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORKS AT THE END OF KEY STAGE 2

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KEY STAGE 2 NATIONAL CURRICULUM STATEMENTS LINKED TO THE TEACHER ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK

This document, available from Our resources page, contains the National Curriculum statements that feed into the Teacher Assessment Framework at the end of Key Stage 2.

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TEACHER ASSESSMENT EXEMPLIFICATION: KEY STAGE 2 SCIENCE

The Teacher assessment exemplification: KS2 science is published by the UK Government and provides examples of pupils work to support teachers in making judgments against the statutory Teacher assessment frameworks at the end of key stage 2.

Health and safety

 
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CLEAPSS

All schools should consider becoming members of CLEAPSS (schools may already be members through their local authority). CLEAPSS helps you keep your children, your colleagues and yourself safe during practical work by providing model risk assessments and bespoke expert advice through their helpline, courses, publications and website.

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BE SAFE

Be Safe is health and safety guidance published by the Association for Science Education (ASE).

Continuing professional development

 
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PRIMARY SCIENCE TEACHING TRUST

The Primary Science Teaching Trust is a charitable trust helping to improve the teaching and learning of primary science across the UK. Their website contains CPD resources developed through research funded by the Trust. Many of the resources are free.

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STEM LEARNING

STEM Learning provides online professional development so you can learn wherever and whenever suits you.

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PRIMARY SCIENCE QUALITY MARK

The Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) is a year-long CPD programme that helps schools achieve a quality mark whether science within the school has been low profile for a while or the school wants to improve provision further.

Diversity

 
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1001 INVENTIONS

1001 Inventions is a British-based, award-winning science and cultural heritage organisation engaging over 400 million people around the world. It uncovers a thousand years of scientific and cultural achievements from Muslim civilisation from the 7th century onwards, and how those contributions helped create the foundations of our modern world.

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PERIMETER INSITUTE'S FORCES OF NATURE POSTERS

The Perimeter Institute For Theoretical Physics in Canada has published free downloadable posters of female scientists from around the World.

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RESEARCH CARDS: BLACK PHYSICISTS

These research cards, produced by The Ogden Trust, introduce the achievements of six Black physicists who have all made significant contributions in their fields of work, but whose stories are often less well-known. This resource includes a writing framework to help students gather and process their research thoughts, ideas and further questions.

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NEVERTHELESS PODCAST STEM ROLE MODELS POSTERS

The Nevertheless podcast has published a set of free to download posters celebrating the women transforming teaching and learning through technology.

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PBS EDUCATION'S 10 BLACK SCIENTISTS

PBS Education have made a list of some of the top Black scientists, engineers, inventors and mathematicians to help you bring their work - and stories - into your classroom.

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RESEARCH CHAMPIONS

Each story in Research Champions is written for children aged 8+ about a real scientist and the discoveries that they have made in the last five years, so the stories reflect the highlights of science right now. The scientists represented are from a diverse range of backgrounds – both academically and as people - and highlight that there are no rules about what a scientist is, does, or looks like. The stories are linked to the current English National Curriculum. 

Sustainability and the environment

Some of the resources listed below are linked to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals which include, but are broader than, human impact on the environment. Some focus purely on human impact on the environment.

 

The UN's Sustainable Development Goals website includes simple, free, downloadable icons for each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that may be useful in the classroom for helping pupils learn about the Goals.

 
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STEM CHALLENGES

Practical Action's free STEM, science, design and technology challenges fit the UK curriculum and engage children in real world issues including climate change, renewable energy, food security and disaster preparedness.

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ENCOUNTER EDU

Encounter Edu designs and delivers STEM and global learning programs, including free live lessons, teacher resources and pupil activities. The live lessons are with scientists working in locations such as the Arctic, oceans, coral reefs and jungles.

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WWF

WWF has created a range of free primary school resources and activities to support school's efforts to put sustainability at the heart of the education they provide.

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THE POD

The Pod uses engaging multi-media resources and characters to inspire young people and their families to choose a more sustainable lifestyle. It has a particular focus on energy, waste and biodiversity, but also covers a range of other environmental topics. All of the resources are curriculum-linked, free and aimed at 4 to 16-year-olds and include lesson plans, practical activities, assemblies, films, games and information packs as well as posters, stickers and badges.

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OPAL

Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) was a UK-wide citizen science initiative founded and led by Imperial College London enabling people to get hands-on with nature while contributing to important scientific research. It designed a suite of field and desk-based activities, suitable for all ages, abilities and backgrounds, designed to increase understanding of the natural environment through data collection covering wildlife and habitat conditions. The activities include simple instructions, a workbook to record results and species identification guides/keys.

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ECO_SCHOOLS

Eco-Schools is a global programme that is pupil-led, involving hands-on learning that gets the whole school and the wider community involved in environmental projects and improving their environmental awareness. It provides schools with free resources to help them progress to the international Eco-Schools Green Flag within 12 months of registration.

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CLIMATE DETECTIVES

Climate Detectives is a schools project for students aged 8-15, from the European Space Agency. Pupils are asked to make a difference by identifying a climate problem, investigating it by using available Earth observation data or taking measurements on the ground, and then proposing a way to help reduce it. At key phases, scientists in the field of Earth observation and climate support the teams.

 

Reports

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INTENTION AND SUBSTANCE

Intention and substance: primary school science curriculum research is a short findings paper published by Ofsted that provides deeper insight into the data collected from their research programme.

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MAINTAINING CURIOSITY

Maintaining curiosity: a survey into science education in schools published by Ofsted in 2013 is a survey report that looks at science teaching in 91 primary and 89 secondary schools between 2010 and 2013.

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'STATE OF THE NATION'

The 'State of the nation' report of UK primary science education by Wellcome is a series of reports that looks at primary science education delivery across the UK through surveying science leaders, teachers and pupils.

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