Heritage Science Resources for the National Curriculum in England: A Review of Science Programmes of Study for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5

Project 7377

By Adrian Smith, Keith C. Pye

This report presents the results of a project that reviewed the National Curriculum in England science programmes of study for key stage 3 (ages 11-14), key stage 4 (15-16; GCSE) and key stage 5 (17-19; AS and A level), specifically to identify topics and areas where heritage science could be used to deepen understanding, enhance knowledge, and form connections between the subjects being studied.

In particular, it identified topics where learning resources which support the core curriculum are few or lacking so that new resources may be developed by Historic England and others to address these gaps in the future.

The scope of the study was limited to the core sciences spanning biology, chemistry and physics.

The project represents an important first step in establishing how heritage science can engage with the science curriculum, inspire the next generation and increase participation in heritage science activities. At a broader level the project is of interest to the heritage science community in England as a whole as well as teachers.

Heritage Science has the potential to open new vistas for learners whatever their future career path.

The report concludes that:

  • There is considerable opportunity for developing heritage science resources for the secondary school science curriculum
  • Aspects of heritage science related to 'discovery' are expected to be particularly interesting and exciting for learners
  • Collaborative approaches to shaping future learning and teaching resources between heritage scientists and teachers are likely to be the best way forward
  • Further research into specific topics where heritage science can play a bigger role is needed.

Pye Tait Consulting carried out the project on behalf of Historic England.


  • Introduction
  • Heritage science and the National Curriculum
  • Developing learning and teaching resources
  • Conclusions and recommendations
  • Appendix: Mapping heritage science and the science curriculum

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 61


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