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.

Ways to Enhance Curiosity in Primary Science

Ways to enhance curiosity in primary science

Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter you will:

  • recognise techniques for raising science questions with learners;
  • find out how elicitation and predictions develop learners’ curiosity in science;
  • appreciate that increasing learner autonomy in science can increase curiosity.


We saw in the previous chapter how curiosity can be the trigger that begins the process of scientific enquiry. Chapter 4 also noted how curiosity is an important factor in other parts of the scientific process. This chapter will seek to explain the importance of some of the stages we follow in an investigation. From making predictions to making conclusions, curiosity can be a powerful driver. There are many effective techniques that can be used in primary science lessons ...

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