Big idea: matter

The world is made of matter. Matter is a more formal word for ‘stuff’. Anything that can be stored in a container, or weighed, is matter.

Scientific ideas can help to explain why a given material behaves as it does, and may help scientists to develop new materials with specific properties.

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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: Heating and cooling

Topic 2: Floating and sinking

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