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.
This page provides ideas for supporting your child in different areas in sciences.
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.
Read stories about the weather and water (Noah's Ark) and share experiences.
What material will make the loudest instrument or the quietest?
Read The Three Little Pigs and share the reasons for the success of each materials.
Make junk models with different materials and for different purposes (bridge, house for action figure/doll) and test it to see if it works.
Make parachutes with different materials, test them to see which is most successful.
Use different items around the house to test how long each might take to dissolve ice cubes and discuss why this might be useful in different seasons.
Have a Periodic Table poster to hand, this will help with homework.
Discuss how ingredients for baking have different effects (baking soda, bicarbonate of soda).
Watch Newsround, the local and/or national news and talk to your child about the science stories.
Discuss stories you read in the newspaper or magazine.
Read books on famous scientists (for example Thomas Addison, Alexander Graham Bell, Alexander Fleming) and discuss how they have contributed to research and development.
Your child will have a
Glow username and password. You can use this to access Glow where you will find lots of interesting information.
Every day can be a science day for families with this new online resource
Science is an important part of Scotland’s heritage and happens all around us. This resource can be used by families and shouldn’t cost a lot as most of the things you'll need 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. The good thing is, you might find experiments of interest to your family in any of them. So try some of these experiments and become a science family!
PDF file: I am a scientist! (6.5 MB)
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