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Heritage Science Resources for the National Curriculum in England

Historic England are funding Pye Tait Consulting to review the National Curriculum in England covering science programmes at key stages 3, 4 and 5. The aim is to identify topics and areas where Heritage Science could be used to deepen understanding, enhance knowledge, and form connections between the subjects being studied. It will identify where learning resources that support the core curriculum are few or lacking so that new resources can be developed by Historic England and the wider heritage sector.

Photograph of children enjoying handling animal bones with Historic England zooarchaeologists and volunteers.
Heritage Science in action: learning about animal bones at Festival of Archaeology event. © Historic England

The review involves the following stages:

  • a desk-based review of curriculum content, subject criteria documentation and a sample of qualifications specifications to identify key topics across different subjects and levels
  • a review of literature relating to heritage science, including the resources available to support its teaching and learning
  • telephone interviews with a small number of historic environment and science-related stakeholders to explore opportunities for incorporating or embedding heritage science as part of science teaching and learning

The resulting report will help to identify the extent to which heritage science is currently supported through the curriculum, any gaps in coverage, as well as high level recommendations regarding anew resources that could be developed in the future.

To find out more, please contact Adrian Smith, Project Manager at Pye Tait Consulting, via a.smith@pyetait.com (telephone 01423 509433).

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