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Tackle the tricky bits of science!

Browse our 12 topic guides. They've got all you need to know to confidently tackle common misconceptions in science.

children exploring and watering plants

Light...tackle the tricky bits

All you need to know to confidently tackle common misconceptions, the science behind light and how to teach it to children in a way they will really understand.

Blue and yellow lights out of focus

Light...explore with your class

Ideas for how to explore light with your class and explain it in a way they will understand.

Four children jumping in the air to create shadows on a running track

Forces...tackle the tricky bits

All you need to know to confidently tackle common misconceptions, the science behind forces and how to teach it to children in a way they will really understand.

Three pulleys on the side of a ship

Forces...explore with your class

Ideas for how to explore forces with your class and explain it in a way they will understand.

magnet attracting paperclips

Inheritance...tackle the tricky bits

All you need to know to confidently tackle common misconceptions, the science behind inheritance and how to teach it to children in a way they will really understand.

Zeedonk (offspring of a zebra and a donkey) standing in front of trees

Inheritance...explore with your class

Ideas for how to explore inheritance with your class and explain it in a way they will understand.

Materials...tackle the tricky bits

All you need to know to confidently tackle common misconceptions, the science behind materials and how to teach it to children in a way they will really understand.

Lengths of steel in different shapes

Materials...explore with your class

Ideas for how to explore this topic with your class and explain it in a way they will understand.

children and their teacher sorting recycling into plastics, paper and glass

Animals, including humans...tackle the tricky bits

All you need to know to confidently tackle common misconceptions, the science behind animals, including humans and how to teach it to children in a way they will really understand.

compass jellyfish underwater

Animals, including humans...explore with your class

Ideas for how to explore this topic with your class and explain it in a way they will understand.

children exploring animal skeletons with their teacher

Plants...tackle the tricky bits

All you need to know to confidently tackle common misconceptions, the science behind plants and how to teach it to children in a way they will really understand.

A flower bed including blue, pink and purple spring flowers

Plants...explore with your class

Ideas for how to explore plants with your class and explain it in a way they will understand.

children exploring and watering plants

Evolution...tackle the tricky bits

All you need to know to confidently tackle common misconceptions, the science behind evolution and how to teach it to children in a way they will really understand.

Lizard fossil on a rock

Evolution...explore with your class

Ideas for how to explore evolution with your class and explain it in a way they will understand.

a table of natural remains including shells and seeds

Sound...tackle the tricky bits

All you need to know to confidently tackle common misconceptions, the science behind sound and how to teach it to children in a way they will really understand.

human ear with illustrated sound vibrations

Sound...explore with your class

Ideas for how to explore sound with your class and explain it in a way they will understand.

two children using a tin can phone

States of matter...tackle the tricky bits

All you need to know to confidently tackle common misconceptions, the science behind states of matter and how to teach it to children in a way they will really understand.

Copper kettle on a hob with steam coming from the spout

States of matter...explore with your class

Ideas for how to explore this topic with your class and explain it in a way they will understand.

Melting ice cubs in a pile

Earth and space...tackle the tricky bits

All you need to know to confidently tackle common misconceptions, the science behind Earth and space and how to teach it to children in a way they will really understand. 

Earth as seen from space

Earth and space...explore with your class

Ideas for how to explore this topic with your class and explain it in a way they will understand.

Child in a classroom cutting out a picture of Earth

Living things and their habitats...tackle the tricky bits

All you need to know to confidently tackle common misconceptions, the science behind living things and their habitats and how to teach it to children in a way they will really understand. 

Herd of elephants walking past a watering hole

Living things and their habitats...explore with your class

Ideas for how to explore living things and their habitats with your class and explain it in a way they will understand. 

a group of young nature detectives exploring a hedgerow

Electricity... tackle the tricky bits

All you need to know to confidently tackle common misconceptions, the science behind electricity and how to teach it to children in a way they will really understand.

Blue insulation tape with pliers and amp meter

Electricity...explore with your class

Ideas for how to explore electricity with your class and explain it in a way they will understand.

simple circuit showing an illuminated bulb

Develop your teaching with free online courses

Take these free primary science teaching courses from STEM Learning - they feature Explorify!

STEM Learning courses

Explorify and developing key skills

Supporting pupils' learning by reinforcing and developing their key skills is vital. How can Explorify help?

What are the national curriculum expectations for science?

With a plethora of online resources and schemes of work available to primary teachers today, it can be easy to lose sight of exactly what you should be teaching. 

School children learning about energy

Good science teaching starts with assessment

‘Assessment is not something that happens in the plenary at the end of a lesson, it starts with planning and should be embedded throughout your teaching.’ Sarah Eames from Sandfield Close Primary School shares her tips on how to do assessment well.

Getting to grips with inheritance

Inheritance is a topic that many teachers feel a bit anxious teaching about. Read our guide and you might realise that you know a lot more than you thought you did!

Continue your professional development with STEM Learning’s online courses

During this period of school closures and phased re-opening, there is a range of excellent CPD available online from our friends at the National STEM Learning Centre. 

Can outdoor learning help when you return to the classroom?

Robbie Kirkman explores the role that learning science outdoors can play as children return to school.

Children learning outdoors, pre lockdown.

Getting to grips with evolution

Teaching about evolution can seem daunting and we worry about handling children’s ideas about this concept. But we’d like to reassure you that you know a lot more perhaps than you realise.

The Primary Science Capital Project

 A social justice approach to teaching primary science    

Children engaged in science

PLAN – good practice in assessment

Robust assessement needn't be difficult when you use the PLAN resources

Planning for science

Have you been wondering how to effectively plan science lessons to encapsulate knowledge, understanding and skills? Take a look at our planning examples for inspiration. 

Top 5 tips for getting to know your class

Welcome to your new class! We’ve got some tips to help you get to know the children on an individual level but also assess the dynamics and social skills of the class as a whole.  

Meet the teacher: Kulvinder Johal

Kulvinder Johal is a primary teacher at Northbury Primary School in Barking, London. We asked her about improving your confidence as a teacher and the importance of networks.

Explorify and numeracy: count the benefits!

Use these Explorify activities to build maths and numeracy skills with your class. 

A pupil making observations

Bring STEM learning to life in your classroom with IET Faraday

We’ve been working with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to help you take the hassle out of your lesson planning.

The Science Museum's Learning Resources – plus their Top 5 Activities!

We interviewed Laura Meade, Learning Resources Co-ordinator at the Science Museum – and asked her to pick her top five activities!

Laura Meade, Learning Resources Co-ordinator at the Science Museum