Big idea: Earth in space

The idea of Earth in space is important because we live on the Earth and it is the only planet that we know to have abundant and complex life. Understanding how the Earth and space systems interact, how they affect us, and how we affect them is vital for our survival. Exploring our origins and our place in the universe feeds the intrinsic curiosity of humans and develops a sense of wonder.


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Resources for age 11-14

Research informed progression toolkits to help you develop the big ideas of science

The big idea is developed through a series of key concepts at age 11-14, which have been organised into teaching topics.

Topic 1: Solar system and beyond

Topic 2: Earth and sun

Is there a recommended teaching order?

The Best Evidence Science Teaching resources can be used with your existing scheme of work, if desired. 

However, we have used research evidence on learning pathways and effective sequencing of ideas to develop subject maps for biology, chemistry, earth science and physics. 

View the physics subject map