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Primary science package

Judging progress and attainment

The primary National Curriculum now contains broad statements for each topic and a range of challenging working scientifically objectives which present teachers with challenges around planning and assessment.

To support this Herts for Learning (HfL) has developed a suite of resources, titled the primary science package, which contains a range of assessment tasks, tracking documents and a breakdown of the knowledge required for each topic to help teachers with planning.

The resources can be ordered by schools for £165.00.

boy scienceThe package provides schools with:

  • working scientifically criteria tracking documents
  • working scientifically assessment tasks
  • progression in scientific knowledge booklet
  • age related expectations for scientific knowledge sheets

Working scientifically criteria tracking documents

These tracking documents contain the working scientifically criteria from the HfL assessment criteria for science. These sheets can be used to track the progress of four to six children in a classroom over the course of a year in meeting the criteria. Additionally, these sheets can be used to check coverage of working scientifically skills across the year to ensure children have the opportunity to experience all areas of working scientifically.

Working scientifically assessment tasks

These working scientifically assessment documents have been created to support teachers in collecting evidence and making judgements about where children have met the working scientifically criteria. They are also designed to be used with the HfL working scientifically tracking sheets.
All of the activities have been designed to be fairly open, to provide children with opportunities to ask questions and make decisions and to follow their own lines of enquiry.

Progression in scientific knowledge booklet

This resource has been designed to help teachers identify the steps in progression within each topic in order for children to achieve the broad National Curriculum objectives. The content also guides teachers on how to enrich each topic with objectives that go beyond these statements.

The document is divided into the key areas of the primary science National Curriculum:

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  • animals including humans
  • living things and habitats
  • materials
  • forces
  • light and sound
  • electricity

The scientific knowledge booklet could also help schools plan each topic to construct ideas progressively and ensure a broad and balanced science curriculum is achieved, which builds on prior learning. This may be particularly useful in areas like materials where there is potential for repetition between what is covered in year one and in year two.

Key words are listed for each topic including the new terminology that children need to be familiar with at each stage.

Age related expectation for scientific knowledge topic sheets

These tables show what children should be able to demonstrate depending on age related expectation (ARE), e.g. working slightly below ARE or broadly within ARE and also what children who are working above ARE could do. The above ARE objectives are suggestions of how teachers could enrich the topic and stretch the most able. They focus on children providing extended explanations, making links between topics and understanding the applications and implications of science.

These expectation sheets have been designed to support teachers in judging the attainment of pupils at the end of the topic. Alongside the working scientifically assessments, the content should help teachers to make a summative judgement, combining both the scientific knowledge and skills for each stage.

For further information please contact Charlotte Jackson by email:

or buy online from the HfL Online Shop

The resources are sent out electronically to schools.


Charlotte Jackson