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Science for Reading

Enhancing children's access into science by supporting them to read and understand scientific vocabulary. Talking and reading in our classrooms is vital to science learning, and the wide range of language can sometimes inhibit children when learning. This collaborative project, led by Rose Edmondson, seeks to support teachers to use reading books in science lessons to enhance children's use and understanding of keywords and Tier 2 and 3 vocabulary.

It is focused on 7-9 year old pupils.

Lesson ideas and activities are available to enrich any classroom or home-learning setting. Access videos and pupil resources, with additional notes for teachers.

In partnership with the Comino Foundation and Falinge Park Secondary School.

Share your pupil's work

Interested to share your children's work?
If you're interested to share your pupil's work with the team to support teacher devleopment, upload using the Science for Reading Uploader. This is a simple way to upload photos or videos of work undertaken.  CLICK HERE
A free set of books will be sent out following a random prize draw from the first 50 uploads!


How to select texts and make the most of reading in science

How do you choose the most suitable science texts to use in the classroom? How do you know the vocabulary you focus on within a text is understood?  Find out the answers to these questions and much more by watching our Top 5 Tips for selecting texts and using vocabulary in science.

WATCH Top Tips for Selecting a Book to Use in Science

WATCH Top Tips for Using Literacy and Vocab in Science


Do you know which books you're going to integrate into the science curriculum in Y3 or 4 this year and beyond? To get you started, we have selected our favourite books and linked them to some inspirational resources to share in your science lessons

READ Top Ten Books for Inspiring Science for Reading for 7-9 year-olds

Listen, Learn, Do Tasks

For each book, there are downloadable teacher or parent notes, as well as activity resources. The tasks are designed to include a language development activity using well known structures such as the Frayer and SEEC Model. Concepts such as antonyms, synonyms, syllables and word definitions are all integrated into the tasks.

Using these tasks, children will:

- listen and respond to stories to promote recall and pronunciation of keywords (oracy)
- read, understand and use key vocabulary (Tier 2 and 3)
- be inspired by a creative story to explore ideas for how to work scientifically

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Listen  to the a reading of Ada Twist, Scientist (video) Available until 21st June 2021

Nikola Tesla by Jim Gigliotti

Listen  to the a reading of Who was Nikola Tesla (video) Available until 20th June 2021


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