Science support for teachers

Hamilton is now extending our brand new science scheme to mixed-year groups.  For single- and mixed-year groups, the National Curriculum for England is fully covered in regular 6-session blocks that fit nicely into half-term slots.

The new scheme covers all of the National Curriculum's statutory science content with a creative and investigative approach. Each block of sessions includes an intriguing hook that leads to a motivational outcome.

For example, our Year 6 Autumn Term electricity block is called 'Electric Celebrations!'. Dare you enter the Dragons’ Den and market your very own inventive festive lights decoration? Use motors, switches, bulbs and buzzers to make your product stand out from the crowd. This block of six sessions covers electric circuits, the effects of voltage and number of components on a circuit, resistance and circuit diagrams.

Each block includes:

  • opportunities for children to meet the full range of scientific investigative approaches including pattern seeking, exploring, problem solving, fair testing, and analysing secondary sources

  • built-in differentiation

  • supportive clearly-explained teacher background information

  • list of key scientific concepts for each year group

See our advice page about how to use our mixed age materials to get around the knotty problems of teaching two separate years' materials at the same time!

Best of all, all the sessions are still all FREE!

Friends and School Subscribers have access to some additional supporting material, including year and block overview documents, assessment grids, key concept lists for Key Stage 1 and specially commissioned background science documents for Key Stage 2 subjects to give teachers added confidence and depth of knowledge as well as ideas for how to learn more.

Many thanks to The Oxford Trust for funding support for the original production of Hamilton's science planning, which has enabled us to provide science sets free to all users.