As a primary school teacher, you have the important job of introducing young children to science. With this role comes the opportunity to encourage and nurture an interest in science that will grow with your students.
To help you give your students the best grounding in science education, we offer a range of support – along with our partners and primary teacher networks.
Browse our primary level classroom resources or read on to find out more about the work our partners do and how you can get in contact with your local education coordinator.
While schools are closed we have been bringing you extra support for teaching primary science, from highlighted resources to online events. You can find all of our highlighted teaching resources below.
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Monday 15 June is global wind day, so this week we have resources to help you explore all things windy. You could try Practical Action's wind power challenge, or find out how wind plays a role in the lives of the Vikings.
A web of suggested ideas for linking science with the topic the Vikings. This web acts as a tool to support topic planning and the embedding of cross-curricular links. Each topic is split into three age ranges to cover different abilities.
Monday 8 June is world oceans day, so we have picked out some resources to help you explore water and oceans. You could learn about the water cycle, about evaporation and condensation, or discuss acid rain.
Get hands on with H2O, changing states of matter and the water cycle. These experiments and investigations involve water in the context of space.
With world running day coming up, we've picked out resources to help you explore health and sport. You could learn about low fat foods, why you need calcium in your diet or how sports drinks affect your performance.
Looking at diets and healthy eating: children could explore the food pyramid, what a balanced diet is and why we need one, and they could explore which foods belong to which food group
Come and see what makes bones so strong!
Our very first global experiment compares the performance enhancement of student-made sports drinks vs water
Water is vital for our survival, which is why this week's resources are about access to water. You can learn about the importance of clean water and practise your separation techniques to clean some water at home.
Cover topics like filtration, distillation and temperature as your pupils purify water from a muddy pond to survive.
Wednesday 20 May is world metrology day, so this week's highlights are all linked to measurement. You could explore the amount of salt needed in cooking, how speedily you can do star jumps, and test your reaction times using a ruler.
An activity that allows the collection of data to test whether sports drinks make a difference to performance during short, high intensity exercise.
In this activity students devise and carry out experiments to test possible reasons for adding salt when cooking vegetables.
This set of handouts can be used to inspire people of all ages to take up chemistry in their own home! Racing raisins, cornflour gloop, erupting volcanoes, reaction times and iron from breakfast cereal are all covered here.
There's so much chemistry you can do with simple ingredients. This week why not try using bicarbonate of soda (baking powder) to make sherbert, put a candle out, or make a bath bomb?
How can we use vinegar and sodium bicarbonate to make a fire extinguisher?
What makes sherbet fizz and what makes popping candy pop? Discover the importance of chemistry in everyday eating experiences. Edible experiments provides a wealth of ideas based on chemistry and food to engage students and stimulate thinking about the relevance of chemistry.
Enjoy Star Wars day with our selection of resources linked to space. Find out about strong tastes with our edibile experiments (foods can taste bland in space). Explore the properties of hydrogels (the material in nappies that astronauts wear) and learn about different types of (moon) rocks.
Why do spicy foods tasts hot and minty foods taste cold? Discover the importance of chemistry in everyday eating experiences. Edible Experiments provides a wealth of ideas based on chemistry and food to engage students and stimulate thinking about the relevance of chemistry.
Challenge your students to answer the question: are we wasting water?
Give your pupils the knowledge and the opportunity to classify materials according to rocks, minerals and fossils.
Learn about the importance of colour by making your own indicator, investigate the effects that can be created with different colours and discover the hidden colours found in your pens.
Inside many black pens is a rainbow of colour trying to get out. Black ink is often made from a blend of other colours. In this activity you can try out paper chromatography to separate this mixture of inks.
In this experiment, students observe, describe and explain what happens when a multicoloured disc spins at a high speed.
Explore how different colours are made by mixing primary paints or pigments together to form secondary colours. Investigate separating colours from sweets or pens using chromatography. How foods get their colour; that some are natural and some are synthetic.
Explore reversible changes by discovering how we can recover substances from solutions.
In association with ABPI
The ‘mixing and dissolving materials’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn that mixtures are made up of more than one substance and that some mixtures can be separated.
What is meant by the terms ‘solution’ and ‘mixture’? Define the different types of mixtures, including solid-solid, liquid-liquid, and solid-liquid and the different separation techniques suitable for separating these mixtures.
FunKids radio, in collaboration with the RSC, has produced a set of short chemistry snippets introducing children to chemistry- the what, why and how.
With the weather set to improve, why not explore these trio of resources based around Ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Sunlight is a main source of UV radiation and too much of it causes sun burn. Learn about the risks of exposure, explore how sunscreen works and discover materials that could help astronauts in space.
The mission? To protect astronauts from the effects of harmful UV light
A fun demo to teach about UV light and the action/importance of sunscreen.
A web of suggested ideas for linking science with the topic Space. This web acts as a tool to support topic planning and the embedding of cross-curricular links. Each topic is split into three age ranges to cover different abilities.
Have you ever wondered how butter is made? You can try making butter at home with a few simple items from your kitchen cupboard.
Learn how to draw a rainbow using homemade red cabbage indicator.
Support for school closures and home learning from the Primary Science Teaching Trust.
Our network of local education coordinators regularly visit networks of primary teachers. Why not get in contact and see if they have any dates in your area?
To bring you support specially suited to the primary classroom, we work in collaboration with partners.
Check out our main partner organisations below and follow the links to access primary science support for your classroom.
We have plenty of classroom resources suited to primary school age children. Have a look at our highlights below, or browse all of our resources on our primary resources page.