Online Resources Information
- Primary Science Scheme of Work from September 2014

The Kent Primary Science Scheme of Work has been an amazingly successful resource since its launch in 2014, but did you know that it’s still available to download?

In the first year, the scheme sold 1000 copies to primary schools nationwide.  So don’t miss out, for just £200, you could purchase the resource to use across your school.

The scheme contains 28 units of work, each one specifically designed to address the Primary National Curriculum, which began in September 2014.

Each unit contains information and advice required for teachers to provide excellent learning opportunities for their children:

  • clear learning expectations,
  • engaging activities to enable the learning to happen,
  • advice for each activity as to the type of recording the children could do,
  • resources required,
  • preparation required,
  • key vocabulary,
  • background science knowledge for teachers,
  • information on key scientists who have worked in the different areas of science,
  • assessment grids for each of the units,
  • methods to hook children into their learning,
  • website links,
  • very clear and plentiful examples of how children will be able to address ‘working scientifically’ through practical learning.

1. Long term planning

This scheme contains 28 units of study. Each of these units of study has been assigned to a particular Year group in line with the guidance from the National Curriculum (2014). Suggestions have been made as to possible best times of year to study some of the units, as well as when different aspects of learning within a unit will need to be taught at different times across a year.

2. Short term/lesson planning

The scheme of work will be invaluable for supporting primary teachers with their lesson planning. Each of the units will have clear and thorough advice on the following aspects of quality provision for science:

a. Sequence of knowledge and concepts

In accordance with the guidance in the new National Curriculum, this scheme has clearly indicated a progression in the key scientific knowledge and concepts, from Year 1 to Year 6. Each of the 28 units of study clearly indicates the aspects of knowledge to be developed. Where appropriate, the unit will indicate the 'learning journey'; i.e. where the knowledge and concepts of that particular unit fit within the learning for that particular aspect of science as the child progresses through the primary phase.

b. A range of activities that will enable the children to develop both their scientific understanding and their mastery of the nature, processes and method of science

     i. 'Working Scientifically' through a constructivist approach to learning

Throughout each and every unit of study the emphasis is on the children learning by doing. In accordance with the constructivist theory of learning, the units encourage the teachers to provide activities that will enable the children to test their previously held ideas. In doing so, they will also be encouraged to develop a bank of skills and an understanding of the processes required to be able to do good science. In every unit of work the most suitable aspects of the statutory requirements for Working Scientifically have been selected. Each of these requirements will be thoroughly covered throughout both of the Key Stages.

    ii. Scientific vocabulary

Each unit of study contains a section outlining the most appropriate scientific vocabulary to be used when studying that particular area of science. This will help children to become familiar with, and use, technical terminology accurately and precisely.

    iii. Resources

The scheme contains a list of resources that would be required for each of the units.

    iv. Hooks

Within every unit of work there are many suggestions as to strategies that teachers can use to ensure that children are interested and engaged in the content.

    v. Teacher subject knowledge

Every unit of work has a section designed to provide teachers with a good understanding of the knowledge and concepts that will be covered within that unit.

    vi. Scientists

Every unit of work lists some of the scientists who are working, or have worked, in that particular area of science.

    vii. Preparation for the learning

For every unit of work there is a section that outlines when and how teachers can prepare for the activities that they would like to do with the children.

    viii. Recording

There are suggestions throughout every unit as to how the children could record their learning. Consideration has been given to not just how they will record, but also the reason for recording in each of the different instances.

    ix. A range of learning strategies designed to engage the children

As well as the full range of practical scientific enquiries outline, there are plenty of other strategies provided to engage the children in their science learning; drama, deep thinking time, problem-solving in various contexts, videos from webpages etc.

3. Assessment

For each of the units an assessment record sheet has been created. Each of these sheets will allow teachers to record children's achievements during their studies for both the knowledge aspects within a particular unit, and some of the requirements from Working Scientifically. These record sheets and the intended learning objectives included in the units of study will enable the teachers to identify what the children need to know or be able to do next, as well as support them at different times in the year to make summative judgments as to the children's attainment.

Format of the scheme

The scheme will be provided to a school on CD. All parts of the scheme have been written using Word. It will therefore be possible for teachers to edit the text in order that their annotations address the specific learning needs of their children.