The sciences curriculum area includes the study of planet Earth; forces, electricity and waves; biological systems; materials; and topical science.

Through learning in the sciences, children and young people develop their interest in, and understanding of, the living, material and physical world. They engage in a wide range of collaborative investigative tasks, which allows them to develop important skills to become creative, inventive and enterprising adults in a world where the skills and knowledge of the sciences are needed across all sectors of the economy.

Practical support and resources

STEM Central - This resource supports learning and teaching relating to sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The content on this page was originally hosted on Education Scotland’s STEM Central website.

Family learning - Science, Glasgow Clyde College: This exemplar highlights the creative approaches used to engage parents with little or no previous experience in science to undertake a series of learning experiences.

Find more resources, examples of practice, research and improvement frameworks and tools for sciences in the National Improvement Hub.

Key documents

Experiences and outcomes

Principles and practice documents


Sciences 3-18 curriculum review (impact report)

National Qualifications

Browse the SQA site to find materials to support a range of science subjects.