School of Education

  • Science Resource Pack

    We have created a resource pack which contains useful subject knowledge notes. It is organised into the key curriculum areas.

  • Sci1: Scientific Enquiry

    Attachment name Content Notes
    Sc1.1 Scientific Enquiry from year 1 to year 6 At an ‘at a glance’ overview of the progression in the National Curriculum requirements for Sc1
    Sc1.2 Variables and the questions to ask pupils A key document – you need to know the questions to ask so that the pupils are helped to plan a fair test
    Sc1.3 Variables A very clear guide to the different types of variables: categoric, discreet and continuous
    Sc1.4 Summary chart: illustrative and investigative work The difference between illustrative and investigative practical work
    Sc1.5 The right graph for the job When is it appropriate to use a bar graph, a line graph or no graph?
    Sc1.6 Planning sheet for a fair test A very basic sheet to help pupils plan for a fair test – this can be used on an interactive whiteboard for whole class discussion
    Sc1.7 The planning house The Oxfordshire Local Authority Science Team have produced planning houses for different age groups – a differentiated approach to planning a fair test. This is the one for Yr6. The link for the others is given below
    Sc1.8 More imaginative planning sheets Tailoring planning sheets to be more imaginative can add incentive for the pupils – taken from Feasey (2006)
    Sc1.9 Cinderella’s mop A page from an excellent book by the The Oxfordshire Local Authority Science Team: Enjoy Teaching Investigations at Key Stage 1 – there is also a book for Key Stage 2
    Sc1.10 Progression in scientific enquiry Excellent material that gives ideas about how to increase the challenge in Sc1 as the pupils go through the school
    Sc1.11 Whole school planning for the skills of Sc1 An excellent tool to give a whole school overview of which Sc1 skills should be attained for each age group – taken from Goldsworthy and Holmes (1999)
    Sc1.12 Was our test fair? Children love to criticise other people’s work and this gives them the opportunity to discuss some different explanations and to decide which are the best and why – taken from Goldsworthy et al (2000)
    Sc1.13 Which shoes have the best grip? Used in our sessions to identify which types of variables you used in your investigation: categoric, discrete or continuous. The follow up question is: ‘what type of graph is therefore appropriate?’

    Sci2: Life Processes and Living things

    Attachment name Content Notes
    Sc2.1 The outdoor environment A guide to the use of the outdoors for teaching science
    Sc2.2 A risk assessment form and fieldwork checklist It is always important to undertake a risk assessment for outdoor work and this includes an example of a form – always check with the headteacher before taking a class outside for scientific work – and a useful checklist
    Sc2.3 Freshwater invertebrates Pictures of some pond wildlife
    Sc2.4 How polluted is the pond or stream? It is possible to measure the pollution levels by finding out what lives in the water – beware the rat tailed maggot!
    Sc2.5 Seven years of the pond How study of the school pond fits into each year of the curriculum
    Sc2.6 Aquatic habitats Useful notes for a scientific study of a pond
    Sc2.7 Green plants This includes some common misconceptions that chidlren hold about plants, as well as some scientific terminology and simple diagrams of a flower
    Sc2.8 Life processes and living things A summary overview

    Sci3: Materials and their properties

    Attachment Content Notes
    Sc3.1 Materials Materials subject knowledge notes – written by Helen
    Sc3.2 Burning a Candle Activity sheet for exploring a burning candle – used in our sessions, can be adapted for children but health and safety important!
    Sc3.3 Wax Candle The science of a burning candle – fascinating. Taken form Wenham (1995)
    Sc3.4 Melting and Dissolving A worksheet for pupils which will really encourage their thinking. Taken from the excellent book, Active Assessment by Naylor et al (2004)
    Sc3.5 Melting Ice Another pupil worksheet from Active Assessment
    Sc3.6 Materials and their properties All the scientific words in the Sc3 part of the National Curriculum – an audit tool so that you can check your understanding of the terms

    Sci4: Physical Processes

    Attachment Content Notes
    Sc4.1 Electricity challenges A list of challenges to give to Key Stages 1 and 2 pupils so that they work through the electricity curriculum via a problem solving approach – very much the best way to help them learn about electricity
    Sc4.2 Electricity part 1 Electricity subject knowledge notes – written by Helen
    SC4.3 Electricity part 2 More electricity subject knowledge notes – written by Helen
    Sc4.4 Electricity: Basic ideas 1 Excellent subject knowledge from Summers et al (1997)
    Sc4.5 Analogies for electric circuits Electricity can be described as being a bit like… These analogies really help our understanding – taken from Summers et al (1997)
    Sc4.6 Magnetism Magnetism subject knowledge notes – written by Helen
    Sc4.7 Forces part 1 Forces subject knowledge notes – written by Helen
    Sc4.8 Forces part 2 More forces subject knowledge notes – written by Helen
    Sc4.9 Feeling and measuring forces Activity sheet for measuring forces – used in our sessions, can be adapted for children
    Sc4.10 Heave ho Activity sheet for balanced forces – used in our sessions, can be adapted for children
    Sc4.11 Contact force 1 Activity sheet for understanding the contact force – used in our sessions, can be adapted for children
    Sc4.12 Contact force 2 Another activity sheet for understanding contact forces – used in our sessions, can be adapted for children
    Sc4.13 Friction 1 Activity sheet for understanding friction – used in our sessions, can be adapted for children
    Sc4.14 The cause of friction Activity sheet for understanding friction – used in our sessions, can be adapted for children
    Sc4.15 Floating and sinking Activity sheet for understanding floating and sinking – used in our sessions, can be adapted for children
    Sc4.16 Light Light subject knowledge notes – written by Helen
    Sc4.17 Light More light subject knowledge notes with activities used in our sessions – written by Jenny Mant
    Sc4.18 Sound Activity sheet for understanding sound – used in our sessions, can be adapted for children
    Sc4.19 Sound Light subject knowledge notes – written by Helen
    Sc4.20 Quiz: day and night Quiz at an adult level – completed in our sessions. Please include in your SAP
    Sc4.21 Quiz: the seasons Quiz at an adult level – completed in our sessions. Please include in your SAP
    Sc4.22 The Earth and beyond Earth and beyond subject knowledge notes – written by Helen. This includes demonstrations shown in your lectures
    Sc4.23 The Sun in the sky Useful diagrams showing the elevation of the Sun as it appears to move across the sky
    Sc4.24 Energy Energy subject knowledge notes – written by Helen