ASE Coronavirus Hub: Primary Remote Learning Resources

Welcome to our Primary Science Remote Learning resources hub. Members of the ASE Primary Science community have been working together (remotely!) to write lessons for primary-aged pupils which are designed to be directly accessible to children and parents at home. Available to both teachers and home educators, these curriculum-led resources have been specifically designed to help deliver a structured series of topic-based primary science lessons in a home environment. There are two topics for each year group:

 (Age 5-6) - Materials - Four activities in one lesson document / Plants - Seven activities in one lesson document

 (Age 6-7) - Materials - Five activities in one lesson document / Plants - Six activities in one lesson document

 (Age 7-8) - Light - Six lesson plans 

 (Age 8-9) - Living things and their habitatsFive lesson plans / States of matter - Six lesson plans

 (Age 9-10) - Living things and their habitats - Five lesson plans / Properties and changes of materials - Six lesson plans

 (Age 10-11) - Living things and their habitats - Six lesson plans / Light - Four lesson plans

Each lesson can be accessed as a PowerPoint document, which can be downloaded for tailoring to your own lesson requirements or for saving as a pdf document to send out to pupils. The key learning objectives are aligned to the National Curriculum for England but we have aimed to choose topics which are relevant to learners across the UK. There is guidance for parents, explanations of key concepts, suggested activities for pupils and examples of possible learning outcomes to make it easier for parents to support the learning.

Years 1 and 2 are presented in single theme documents, featuring four to seven activities, along with relevant curriculum-led key learning information. For Years 3-6 there are four to six separate sessions in each topic, with an overview document for teachers, showing the key learning and suggested activities. Each session is designed to be taught or accessed remotely as a single lesson. There is usually a ‘further activity’ which may be used for extension or for taking into a second lesson.

Throughout the lessons, we have provided links to video clips and resources hosted by external organisations, such as BBC Bitesize. We have made every effort to ensure these links are relevant to the learning, but we have no control over the content and can therefore make no guarantees over its accuracy or continued availability.

We hope that teachers, pupils and parents will enjoy using these resources and that you will find them useful in what is a challenging time. The writing team members are very open to receiving comments and feedback to help us improve the lessons, you can contact us via the usual ASE channels.

The writing team: Lucy Wood (co-ordinator), David Church, Carla Wallington, Naomi Hiscock, Nicola Beverley, Jenny Watson and Lizzie Wood (illustrator)

If you've used the resources and are not currently a member of the ASE, we would also urge you to consider joining the association. As a charity, the ASE relies on the continued support of its membership to make resources such as these freely available - and with a special 20 per-cent discount now available on individual memberships, there's no better time to become a part of the ASE family...

Year One resources

Every day materials

Identifying and comparing a variety of materials by exploring objects found at home...

Parts of plants

Identifying the parts of plants, including trees.

Year Two resources

Uses of everyday materials

Classifying objects by material and property to suit a specific purpose


Exploring how plants grow and stay healthy.

Year Three Resources - Light

Year 3 - Topic overview

A summary of key learning and suggested activities for each lesson

Lesson 1 – Introduction to light

Exploring that we need light to see things

Lesson 2 – Sources of light

Recognising different light sources and identifying objects which reflect light

Lesson 3 – Reflective surfaces

Identifying how objects with different surfaces are more or less visible

Lesson 4 – Opaque, translucent or transparent?

Exploring materials that are opaque, translucent or transparent.

Lesson 5 – Sunglasses

Investigating sunglasses and other materials which act like sunglasses.

Lesson 6 – Shadows

Exploring how shadows are formed and measuring shadows.

Year Four resources – States of matter

Year 4 Topic overview

A summary of key learning and suggested activities for each lesson.

Lesson 1 – Solids, liquids and gases

Introducing the properties of solids, liquids and gases.

Lesson 2 – Liquids

Exploring the properties of liquids.

Lesson 3 – Freezing and melting

Changes of state: investigating freezing and melting.

Lesson 4 – Boiling and evaporation

Changes of state: comparing boiling and evaporation.

Lesson 5 – The water cycle

Understanding evaporation, condensation and the water cycle.

Lesson 6 – Gases

Exploring the properties of gases.

Year four resources - Living things and their habitats

Year 4 - Topic overview

A summary of key learning and suggested activities for each lesson

Lesson 1 – Habitats introduction

Exploring animal adaptations in an Arctic and a hot desert habitat

Lesson 2 – Local habitats

Investigating habitats and micro-habitats in gardens and woodland

Lesson 3 – Branching keys

Making branching keys and classifying woodland invertebrates (minibeasts).

Lesson 4 – Food chains

Drawing and describing food chains for woodland plants and animals

Lesson 5 – Changing environments

Exploring seasonal changes and habitat changes due to human activity.

Year Five resources – Properties and changes of materials

Year 5 Topic overview

A summary of key learning and suggested activities for each lesson.

Lesson 1 – Introduction to materials

Exploring properties and uses of materials.

Lesson 2 – Thermal insulators

Investigating thermal insulators using a comparative test.

Lesson 3 – Soluble and insoluble materials

Identifying and comparing soluble and insoluble materials.

Lesson 4 – Separating materials

Selecting equipment to separate materials by sieving, filtering and evaporating.

Lesson 5 – Changes of state

Understanding changes of state are reversible.

Lesson 6 – Irreversible changes

Recognising and comparing reversible and irreversible changes.

Year Five resources - Living things and their habitats

Year 5 Topic Overview

A summary of key learning and suggested activities for each lesson.

Lesson 1 – Plant reproduction

Exploring asexual and sexual plant reproduction and the life cycle of plants.

Lesson 2 – Pollination

Comparing wind and insect pollination in flowering plants.

Lesson 3 – Seed dispersal

Investigating and modelling seed dispersal in plants.

Lesson 4 – Animal life cycles

Comparing the life cycles of amphibians, insects and birds.

Lesson 5 – Mammal life cycles

Comparing the gestation periods of different mammals.

Year Six resources - Living things and their habitats

Year 6 - Topic overview

A summary of key learning and suggested activities for each lesson.

Lesson 1 – Classification

Classifying animals, plants, fungi and micro-organisms. The work of Carl Linnaeus.

Lesson 2 – Vertebrates

Classifying vertebrates: features of fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals.

Lesson 3 – Branching keys

Making branching keys to identify and classify vertebrates

Lesson 4 – Mythical animals

Designing a mythical animal with a mixture of vertebrate features

Lesson 5 - Invertebrates

Classifying garden or woodland invertebrates and conducting a survey

Lesson 6 – Plant classification

Classifying flowering and non-flowering plants. Identifying plants using a key.

Year Six resources – Light

Year 6 Topic overview

A summary of key learning and suggested activities for each lesson.

Lesson 1 – Introduction to light

Exploring that light travels in straight lines.

Lesson 2 – Reflection

Seeing non-luminous shiny and matt objects.

Lesson 3 – Shadows

Making and measuring shadows.

Lesson 4 – Shadows from sunlight

What time is the Sun highest in the sky?