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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. Resources are avilable for 5-11 year-olds.

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

Share your pupil's work

Want to get involved?
You can help to support teacher devleopment by sharing your pupils' work with the Science for Reading team. Simply upload documents, photos or videos of work undertaken to the Science for Reading Uploader. CLICK HERE to upload.

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

EXPLORE further resources to help you to make the most of using texts in science including a focus on voacbulary, reading for pleasure and more suggested texts.

Do you know which books you're going to integrate into the science curriculum this year and beyond? To get you started, we have selected some of 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 9-11 year-olds

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

READ Top Ten Books for Inspiring Science for Reading for 5-7 year-olds

Listen, Learn, Do Tasks

We have created structured planning and activity templates accompanied by a set of examples designed by Teachers from our partner primary schools, and two "Ready to Use" teacher packs containing teacher notes and  activity resources.

The tasks are designed to include a language development activity, using well-known structures such as the Frayer and SEEC Models. 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

BE PREPARED by downloading the planning proforma to help structure your planning around using a text in science.

BE PREPARED with five accompanying pupil vocabulary task templates which can be modified for the books of your choice.

BE INSPIRED by six examples from our partner primary schools. These lessons demonstrate how vocabulary can be embedded along with cross curricular activities.

"Ready to Use" Text 1: Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

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

BE PREPARED with lesson resources which explore vocabulary alongside science enquiry activities.

"Ready to Use" Text 2: Nikola Tesla by Jim Gigliotti

Listen to a reading of Who was Nikola Tesla Available until 20th June 2021

BE PREPARED with lesson resources which explore vocabulary alongside science enquiry activities.

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