Developing an outstanding primary science curriculum NY044

This CPD activity will give you either a starting point or springboard to practical advice and a range of approaches for developing a primary science curriculum.


With an increased focus from OfSted on curriculum design, primary schools are taking time out to rethink their approach to primary science. What does good science look like? How is it best taught and assessed?
This course will help you to focus on the important aspects of primary science and how to get the most from your school curriculum. You will look at how to ensure progression in both subject knowledge and working scientifically skills across the school and also how to engage your children in developing their science capital.
You will have time to explore, experiment with and share new ideas as well as action plan the best way forward for you and your school.  

Who is it for?

Primary science Leads

What topics are covered?

  • what outstanding science at primary school looks like
  • progression of skills in working scientifically
  • developing science capital
  • developing children's questioning
  • assessment for learning
  • science across the curriculum
  • enrichment of the science curriculum
  • action planning a rich and engaging science curriculum
  • supporting your colleagues to develop a whole school approach to science  

How will you learn?

This course will be delivered either remotely, face to face at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, or as a blend of both approaches.
Please see the 'Scheduled dates' section on the top right hand side of this page to choose the date and delivery mode that suit you best.

How long is this course?

5 hours of remote CPD completed 3 hours before the first residential and two hours after. Then one residential period of two days face to face.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • action plan for sustainable and effective change
  • identify excellent practice in primary science and embed this into the whole school curriculum
  • develop a science curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils in school
  • support staff and help them become more confident about change
  • identify enrichment activities that support engaging primary science
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