Primary science

We’re working to transform the teaching of science in primary schools so that every pupil has an excellent first experience of science.

Why it’s important

Children are naturally curious. Science at primary school should nurture this curiosity and allow them to ask questions and develop the skills they need to answer those questions. 

Primary science enables pupils to:

For excellent primary science, schools need the time, expertise and resources to deliver engaging and thought-provoking science lessons. 

What we’re doing

Transforming primary science

Primary science is a key part of our science education priority area.

We’ve launched Explorify, a ground-breaking initiative to transform primary science for all pupils in the UK. This easy-to-use programme of classroom activities aims to spark children's curiosity and develop their thinking skills. Our partners include the BBC, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and others across the education sector.

We’ve also set up a primary science policy group which works across the education sector to identify how primary science can be improved through policy change. 

Our 2014 report, Primary Science: Is It Missing Out? [PDF 119KB], set out our initial recommendations for transforming primary science.

Primary science leadership

Our definition sets out the knowledge and skills needed to successfully lead and develop primary science in schools.

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Contact us

If you have any questions, contact Louise Stubberfield:


Science education

Young people's understanding of science is shaped by their experiences, both inside and outside of school.

Education resources

We produce and fund a wide range of educational resources for teachers