Teaching Primary Science Outdoors



Age Range: 5-11 years

Format: Paperback & Pdf download

Author: Helen Spring

ISBN: 9780863574733


A wealth of activities for outdoor science learning.

Teaching Primary Science Outdoors is a book packed full of activities for teaching science in the outdoor environment. The lessons are designed to cover curriculum objectives and include ideas for assessment, as well as support and challenge suggestions. The lessons are suitable for most school grounds and the majority do not require resources that schools wouldn’t normally have access to.
This book will inspire you to take your class outdoors, and provides some simple ideas for activities, as well as a few more ambitious outdoor science lesson ideas!
The  28 lessons each cover the following:
  • Enquiry type – Which of the 5 types of enquiry is used in this lesson?
  • Conceptual knowledge – Lesson objectives which support children’s acquisition of knowledge.
  • Working scientifically – Lesson objectives which support the development of scientific enquiry skills.
  • Assessment – A description of what children meeting the objectives will be able to do.
  • Resources needed – What equipment will need to be prepared in advance of the lesson?
  • What to do – Ideas for how to structure the lesson.
  • Assessment for learning – Formative assessment activities that can take place as part of the lesson; these can be used to inform future teaching.
  • Science Capital – Suggested ideas for developing children’s Science Capital as part of the lesson, or as an addition to the lesson.
  • Support – Guidance for supporting children who are working below age-related expectations.
  • Extension – Guidance for challenging more able children.
  • Follow up – Suggested ideas for follow-up lessons.
  • Key vocabulary.

The book is supported by a comprehensive Pdf pack of resources and useful links.


Additional information



Price Range

£6.00 – £20.00


New, Science – general


Millgate House

Age Range

5-7, 7-11

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