This page provides ideas for supporting your child in different areas in sciences.
Science is the study of the physical world, where we establish facts by using experiments and observation. Studying science helps us understand how the world works.
Science is an important part of our heritage and we use its applications every day in our lives, at work, at leisure and in the home. Science and the application of science are central to our economic future and to our health and wellbeing as individuals and as a society. In a modern and ambitious society like ours, sciences for all are vital.
Scotland offers many exciting and rewarding careers in the sciences and engineering. Find out about sciences skills and careers.
Learning in the sciences will enable your child to:
Scotland offers many exciting and rewarding careers in the sciences and engineering, as do other countries around the world. The sciences are vital for key economic sectors in Scotland, such as energy, the creative industries (including digital), food and drink and life sciences. It is often thought that these careers are only available to those who have a university degree in a science or engineering related subject, but many opportunities also exist for modern apprentices and for technician-level roles too.
The skills gained through the sciences can also open doors to careers in many other sectors. For instance, transferable skills such as the ability to solve problems, make accurate predictions and draw valid conclusions can be applied to many contexts. As a result, sciences skills are much valued.
Note: The headings used to group these suggested activities and ideas are the 'organisers' used in the sciences curriculum area: Planet Earth, Forces, electricity and waves, Biological systems, Materials, and Topical science.
Biodiversity and Interdependence
Processes of the planet
Read stories about the weather and water (Noah's Ark) and share experiences.
Vibrations and waves
What material will make the loudest instrument or the quietest?
Properties and uses of substances
Body system and cells
Glow is Scotland's national digital environment for learning. Your child will have a Glow username and password, which you can use to access Glow and find lots of interesting information.
Every day can be a science day for families with this new online resource. Most of the things you'll need to carry out the experiments can be found around the house or in the garden.
The experiments are split into sections, depending on the age and stage of your child. Try some of these experiments and become a science family!
PDF file: I am a scientist! (6.5 MB)
Primary and early years
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