About Inquiring Science

Inquiring Science is an ongoing, UK-based pilot project aimed at Key Stage 2 children (ages 7-11). The resources were developed to teach children how to work and think scientifically. Children will learn how to find, use, evaluate, and report information.

Each Inquiring Science session features a short story that acts as a stimulus for class discussion, followed by a small group activity. There is a focus on showing children how to have productive discussions in which they can present their points of view, disagree with each other and learn to give good reasons for their arguments. 

The sessions cover content such as:

  • Ways of knowing
  • Finding and using evidence;
  • Bias
  • Fact and opinion; and
  • Questioning. 

The resources were developed with teachers and Science Coordinators and trialled with around 600 children in the East of England.

Sample materials from Inquiring Science

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Laura Kerslake blogged about Inquiring Science for ORACY Cambridge