Switched on Science Second Edition

A hands-on whole-school science programme which will inspire and engage your pupils in their science learning.

Put working scientifically at the heart of your curriculum with Switched on Science Second Edition. In this fully updated edition, you can expect six exciting units per year group, for complete coverage of the science curriculum from EYFS to Year 6. 


We know working scientifically can be a challenge in short science sessions and for non-specialist teachers. Switched on Science has been fully updated to reflect these challenges and provides exciting hands-on experiments for pupils with supportive teacher guidance and 36 best-practise CPD videos.

In the second edition of Switched On Science we have focussed on improving areas which were of concern to teachers:

Concerns raised in science teaching
How Switched on Science Second Edition can help 
How do I embed working scientifically skills? Working scientifically skills are embedded throughout the units, with the final unit for each year group wholly focussing on these
skills, with an exciting investigation to fully consolidate learning.
How do I ensure
cross-curricular teaching?
Switched on Science Second Edition includes a STEAM section of each unit with ideas and suggestions of how to link your science, technology, engineering, arts and maths teaching. There are also further suggestions for ways to link English, maths and ICT.
How do I run engaging
experiments as a non-specialist teacher?
There are a range of exciting and engaging experiments for each year group with supportive teacher guidance and 36 thorough CPD videos designed to support non-specialist teachers to confidently deliver engaging experiments.
Where can I find support and guidance for assessment? In the second edition, assessment guidance is included for every activity which clearly shows teacher’s how to differentiate what working towards, working at and exceeding the expected standard looks like.


Switched on Science Second Edition includes:

  • Editable medium-term plans save planning time
  • Thorough background knowledge for every unit supplied to support non-specialist teachers
  • Inspire your pupils to think and work scientifically with a clear and comprehensive whole-school science scheme
  • Cross curricular links to maths, English, ICT, and art

Download a free Switched on Science in the Early Years sample unit

FREE Sample for Switched on Science Second Edition, coming soon!

Watch free sample CPD videos from Year 2 and Year 6

Watch free sample pupil videos from Year 2 and Year 5

Take a look at why Barrow Hedges Primary School love Switched on Science!


What's included in Switched on Science Second Edition?

7 Teacher's Guides for EYFS to Year 6 each containing 6 or more units
  • Step-by-step instructions to running experiments
  • A glossary of scientific language
  • Must-see topic websites for further investigation
  • Assessment support for identifying what emerging, expected and exceeding the expected standard looks like
  • Learning outcomes have been identified from the statutory section of the National Curriculum 

6 printed Activity Resources Books for Years 1-6
  • Photocopiable activity sheets for each topic
  • Adaptable and flexible content according to your lesson plan
  • Bright and colourful EYFS posters for your classroom walls

Permanent access, at no extra cost, for all of your teachers to Switched on Science Online resources
  • 36 dynamic lesson-starter videos introducing children to scientific concepts and methods - one per topic
  • Printable and editable pupil activity sheets to accompany each project
  • 36 bite-sized CPD videos showing teachers how to run fun and engaging experiments in class 
  • Powerpoint slides for front-of-class use and website reccomendations to further learning


Purchasing for your school

Our sales consultants are happy to come to your school to discuss Switched on Science Second Edition in more detail and build a bespoke, cost-effective package that is tailored to your school's needs. Find your nearest consultant

Switched on Science has been reviewed by The Association for Science Education

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