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ASE primary membership provides teaching resources and professional development opportunities (CPD) to support primary science subject leaders, teachers and schools. Find out more about joining ASE.

Resources below have been made available by ASE's expert primary science committee covering everything from health and safety, working scientifically to literacy and special guidance about assessment and doing practical work. There are hundreds of articles supporting primary science lessons in our Primary Science Magazine

Main guidance

Be Safe! is a guide recommended to all primary schools in the UK and offers advice on practical science in primary schools. Buy Be Safe!

ASE Guide to Primary Science Education covers a wide range of topics about learning and teaching science in the primary school. Buy guide.

Primary Science Subject Leader Framework

The framework provides guidance and support for both new and experienced primary science subject leaders. ASE's primary have compiled this framework to help you audit and develop science provision in your school, and to structure your role. It takes you through a series of questions covering all aspects of the role and signposts you to relevant guidance and support. ASE Primary Science Subject Leader Framework (members only)

Working Scientifically

Science Enquiry, now ‘Working Scientifically’, is the continuous area of study in the National Curriculum for Science in England. This open access article gives a good overview of different types of investigations. Working Scientifically with Enquiry


New Curriculum Vocabulary Overview of vocabulary from years 1 to 6. (members only)
50 books to inspire primary science (members only)
Stories and science: stirring children’s imagination (PS134) how stories can stimulate science and bring it to life. (members only)

Practical science and outdoor learning

Is primary science resourced appropriately in your school? Benchmarks have been created which provide a comprehensive list of essential items needed to enable inspirational and effective science teaching (from SCORE). 
Primary benchmark and habitat guidelines 
Primary school resources for working scientifically

ASE Primary Committee's - Free Practical Science Resources

Paper Towel Magic / Bone mystery / Making sandcastles / Peace at last  / Can colours compete with the Sun / Design a seed Curtains also see worksheets / A light for Plop / Bishops can fly / In control

Bringing cutting-edge research into the classroom

ASE develops teaching resources to help students discover how science learning relates to the real world. 
Resources for using cutting-edge research in the classroom

Special Guidance

Curriculum change

  • (For England) ASE primary experts have developed a year on year implementation plan for the new curriculum outlining problem area for years 1-6 cohorts from 2013-2016. (members only)
  • The National STEM centre has grouped resources by year group and topic for every aspect of the science curriculum. If you want to find resources linked to particularly hard to teach topics start with this link. Even though these are specified as ‘for England’ they are relevant to other countries too.


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):

Primary Science Initiatives and Support

Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) is an award scheme to enable primary schools across the UK to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their science provision. Schools can achieve bronze, silver and gold awards.

Primary upd8 can help teachers deliver working scientifically and support literacy and numeracy work with lots of engaging science activities for 5 to 11 year olds. Each activity comes as an editable PowerPoint presentation using a current event or an everyday life context to help make your science lessons more enjoyable and engage young people. (discounts available for members).

SchoolScience find out about freely downloadable activities and resources for primary science

Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) funded projects have produced high quality teaching resources. Curriculum materials and CPD Units are available on the website. Contact the Trust for further information.

Primary School Free Resources

Learning Outside the Classroom / Engaging with globalisation / Assessing for learning / Supporting Gifted and talented children / Using Stories

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