Curiosity is a fabulous thing. Curious children explore, investigate, experiment, build their own understanding, share their findings with others and want to know more. Curious teachers learn as they teach, reflecting on their practice and following new routes to enhanced teaching and learning. Curiosity has the potential to enhance learning in all curriculum subjects but it has a special connection with scientific thinking. A curious approach can open up learning in science, computing, design technology and mathematics. This text explores how teachers can harness the power of curiosity in their classroom. Full of practical teaching ideas for engaging learners and making lessons more exciting, this text highlights the ways in which STEM subjects can be taught together.

Curious Learners in Primary Science

Curious learners in primary science



Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter you will:

  • appreciate how curiosity can be instrumental in scientific discovery and investigation;
  • have an understanding of how curiosity drives the scientific process;
  • be aware of strategies to develop learners’ curiosity in science.


One of the key purposes of studying science at school, as stated in the English National Curriculum (DfE, 2013), is to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Ofsted's 2013 report on science in schools entitled Maintaining Curiosity (Ofsted, 2013) asserts that the most successful teachers of primary science maintain pupils’ curiosity and that the most successful schools have adopted this as one of their key principles. ...

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