The key concepts within science have been identified using five organisers:

– Planet Earth

– Forces, electricity and waves

– Biological systems

– Materials

– Topical science

Learning in science will enable children to:

– develop curiosity and understanding of the environment and their place in the living, material and physical world

– demonstrate a secure knowledge and understanding of the big ideas and concepts of the sciences

– develop skills for learning, life and work

– develop the skills of scientific inquiry and investigation using practical techniques

– develop skills in the accurate use of scientific language, formulae and equations

– apply safety measures and take necessary actions to control risk and hazards

– recognise the impact of science on their lives, the lives of others, the environment and on society

– recognise the role of creativity and inventiveness in the development of the sciences

– develop an understanding of the Earth’s resources and the need for responsible use of them

– express opinions and make decisions on social, moral, ethical, economic and environmental issues based upon sound understanding

– develop as a scientifically-literate citizen with a lifelong interest in the sciences

– establish the foundation for advanced learning and future careers in the sciences and technologies.

Download the Science experiences and outcomes.

Practical support and resources

STEM Central – This resource supports learning and teaching relating to sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The content on this page was originally hosted on Education Scotland’s STEM Central website.

Family learning – Science, Glasgow Clyde College: This exemplar highlights the creative approaches used to engage parents with little or no previous experience in science to undertake a series of learning experiences.

Find more resources, examples of practice, research and improvement frameworks and tools for sciences in the National Improvement Hub.