The Association for Science Education (ASE) has a free website that is full of science resources to enrich teaching and learning in primary school science.
SchoolScience.co.uk is sponsored by industrial and research partners who provide free on-line science resources for teachers and students. This site is free for all users and promotes both resources created for this site and external resources from around the world.
The resources include many topics linked to the national curriculum for science that are suitable for primary school – for example:
The challenge is to prevent some of the global infectious diseases which cause millions of deaths each year.
“Stop the Spread is a STEM challenge which enables pupils to research the problem then use their STEM and communication skills to design a hand washing devise and education materials for a primary school in Kenya.
The design challenge: Working as a team pupils design, build and test a model of a hand washing device that can capture and dispense water for hand washing.
The research and communication challenge. Pupils find innovative ways to communicate the problems cause by the spread of disease and the importance of hand washing to primary school pupils in Kenya.”(Practical Action)
All of the resources needed are available on the web page, including the idea that it could be a day-long mini topic!
There is a Teacher pack, Pupil Guide, Presentation, Poster and certificates to give out at the end.
This project pack is just one of the many available. There are resources for all ages.
Other resources are listed under topic headings:
Activities and Events
- Earth in Space
- Energy and Sustainability
- Life Processes
- Material and Properties
- Physical & Chemical Processes
- Quizzes and Fun
In addition, there are also links to a website developed to help teachers assess primary science.
“The Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project has developed the TAPS pyramid tool to provide schools with a supportive structure to evaluate and develop their assessment processes. This section also contains a growing database of updated Focused Assessment plans and work samples.” (TAPS) This is a freely downloadable science assessment document.