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Primary Science Scheme of Work

Providing a relevant and effective tool for teachers and science leads to deliver high quality science education, igniting the passion of science for learners.

** Introductory Special Offer - £200 **

Our Primary Science Scheme of Work resource has been successfully sold all over the country for a number of years now and has had a significant and positive impact on science education in primary schools. Originally written by Andrew Berry and highly acclaimed by teachers and science leads alike, it is testament to the excellence and quality of this resource.

Our dedicated and knowledgeable primary school improvement experts have completely updated and re-written the Primary Science Scheme of Work to align with the current Education Inspection Framework and the National Curriculum, providing a relevant and effective tool for educators, supporting teachers to deliver high-quality science education, which brings science to life for learners.

What is the Primary Science Scheme of Work?

In line with the aims of the National Curriculum, the Primary Science Scheme of Work will give pupils the opportunity to learn about the products of science so that they can explain the material world and 'develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena'.

Pupils will also learn about the practices of science so that they know how scientific knowledge becomes established through scientific enquiry. Through this programme of study, pupils will combine these two distinct types of knowledge to ensure their substantive and disciplinary knowledge are building with context and purpose.

Why Should I Purchase this New Primary Science Scheme of Work When I Still Have the Old Resource?

There have been significant changes to curriculum expectations since 2014. The new scheme aligns to current Ofsted expectations and how the Inspection Framework judges your curriculum. This new Primary Science Scheme of Work has been re-written and aligned with latest research around factors that contribute to high-quality school science curriculums, including the Ofsted Research review series: science and The science subject report 2023.

The new Primary Science Scheme of Work provides a clear framework of substantive and disciplinary knowledge supporting pupils to know and remember more through a carefully considered and coherent progression. It also supports Ofsted’s criteria for personal development by providing strong links to cultural capital and curriculum enrichment through studying scientists and offering suggestions for visits in the local area and further afield. It also includes expert advice throughout the document from those who have written the scheme.

What Improvement in Outcomes Could I See From Following this Primary Science Scheme of Work?

This comprehensive re-written Primary Science Scheme of Work has benefits for both teachers and pupils:

  • reducing workload
  • developing and scaffolding teacher subject knowledge, in particular non-science specialists
  • work to consider and identify the disciplinary knowledge, including concepts, that are needed to work scientifically has been done for you. This was an area of weakness identified in the Ofsted subject review
  • disciplinary knowledge (knowledge of how to work scientifically) as well as substantive knowledge (established factual knowledge) provide a clear framework for progression
  • provides links to high quality online resources such as from the BBC, STEM and Explorify.
  • the curriculum is sequenced in such a way that pupils have the opportunity to learn detailed and connected knowledge of the curriculum
  • pupils will know and remember more
  • there are sufficient opportunities for pupils to practise and consolidate what they learn before moving on to new content
  • pupils have enough opportunities to take part in high-quality practical work that has a clear purpose in relation to the lesson sequence
  • opportunities will be in place for pupils to demonstrate disciplinary writing through answering the key question at the end of the lesson
  • pupils will build cultural capital by learning about scientists from the past and present; this will also introduce them to possible careers in the field.

Who Wrote this Primary Science Scheme of Work and Why Should I Trust Them?

This new Primary Science Scheme of Work has been written by a team of knowledgeable primary advisers. All have been highly successful school leaders who understand the pressures and expectations on school leaders.

In addition to having practicing inspectors on the team, the wider team directly support around 80 inspections a year - and have a full and secure understanding of the implementation of the Inspection Framework and its expectations around curriculum.

A Couple of Testimonials to Affirm Our Advisers

What's Included?

Knowledge and skills in the Primary Science Scheme of Work have been carefully sequenced across units and years. Within this Primary Science Scheme of Work, therefore, sequential component knowledge is clearly broken down into steps and composite tasks outlined through which pupils will embed that knowledge. Although they are taught together, there is clarity about which knowledge is disciplinary and which is substantive.

We have incorporated a new section with this scheme: 'Ten Big Ideas' underpinned by key concepts. As pupils move through this science scheme of work they will build comprehensive schemata for each of these big ideas, so that new knowledge connects with prior knowledge and can be committed to the long-term memory.

Each Unit of the Primary Science Scheme of Work (from Year 1 through to Year 6) is helpfully divided into year groups, and then terms and will cover the relevant topics (depending on the year group and required curriculum) through out the academic year. Within each relevant Unit, will be detailed and insightful information to assist teachers and science leads.

Primary Science Scheme of Work Handbook - Included for Free

Published alongside the Primary Science Scheme of Work, is a detailed subject leader handbook which will support you to implement the scheme effectively and also support you with your Ofsted conversations (sample pages available to view - blue button in Unit Sample section). This handbook is included free with your purchase of the Primary Science Scheme of Work.

The handbook covers:

  • a detailed rationale
  • building component and disciplinary knowledge maps
  • the Ten Big Ideas
  • suggested sequences for mixed age classes
  • assessment approaches.

Ignite the passion of science in your learners.

Year 1

  • Term 1-2 - Everyday Materials (18 pages)
  • Term 3-4 - Animals Including Humans (22 pages)
  • Term 5-6 - Plants (24 pages)
  • Termly - Seasonal Changes (10 pages).

Year 2

  • Term 1-2 - Living Things and Their Habitats (22 pages)
  • Term 3 - Uses of Everyday Materials (24 pages)
  • Term 4 - Activities Including Humans (21 pages)
  • Term 5-6 - Plants (24 pages).

Year 3

  • Terms 1-2 - Forces and Magnets (24 pages)
  • Term 3 - Light (24 pages)
  • Term 4 Rocks (25 pages)
  • Term 5 - Plants (25 pages)
  • Term 6 - Animals Including Humans (22 pages).

Year 4

  • Term 1-2 - Sound (23 pages)
  • Term 3 - States of Matter (24 pages)
  • Term 4 - Electricity (24 pages)
  • Term 5 - Animals Including Humans (21 pages)
  • Term 6 - Living Things and Their Habitats (26 pages).

Year 5

  • Term 1 - Animals Including Humans (20 pages)
  • Term 2 - Earth and Space (20 pages)
  • Term 3-4 - Forces (25 pages)
  • Term 5 - Properties and Changes of Materials (27 pages)
  • Term 6 - Living Things and Their Habitats (23 pages).

Year 6 

  • Term 1 - Living Things and Their Habitats (23 pages)
  • Term 2 - Evolution and Inheritance (22 pages)
  • Term 3 - Electricity (25 pages)
  • Term 4 - Light (23 pages)
  • Term 5-6 - Animals Including Humans (25 pages).

  • working scientifically
  • big ideas
  • National Curriculum objectives
  • links to prior learning
  • common misconceptions
  • building component knowledge
  • unit preparation
  • suggested significant people
  • vocabulary
  • a reading list
  • possible enrichment opportunities
  • resources
  • substantive knowledge
  • disciplinary knowledge
  • lesson outline
  • a tick list to ensure your pupils are ready to progress.


This new comprehensive, in-depth and up to date Primary Science Scheme of Work is available for an introductory price of £200.

It's a one off payment of £200 for the whole package for use within your school. As soon as you purchase  the Primary Science Scheme of Work your downloadable documents will be available immediately in your account area.

Credits customers can also pay for this using their credits.

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