Talk for primary science


Videos about children’s exploratory talk in primary school science. Ways to encourage constructive talk and lead children to investigative activities.

Children discuss changes in materials, inspired by a story from Roald Dahl’s book The BFG. © Royal Society of Chemistry 2015, CC BY-ND 4.0.


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The videos in this resource look at different ways to encourage children’s talk in science. Talk helps children to use scientific language effectively and develop their understanding of scientific ideas. Right across the curriculum, talk engages children, motivates them to use their speaking and listening skills and helps them learn how to respect and respond to each other. It reinforces the idea that mistakes can be opportunities for learning, leading children to find their own answers to problems. In science especially, exploratory talk helps children develop their enquiry and reasoning skills.

These videos were created in collaboration with Millgate House Education.

The videos in this resource are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence. © Royal Society of Chemistry 2015, CC BY-ND 4.0.