Explore, learn and discover science through English
- a 6 level science course for English Language Learners
- for 6 to 12 year olds
- 2-4 hours classroom teaching per week
What is BIG SCIENCE?
Science is everywhere. From your backyard to a tropical rain forest;
from your pets at home to creatures in the sea; from your bike to a space station.
With Big Science kids will learn to see and understand the world in new ways.
They will ask questions, gather information, test ideas, and record their findings.
In no time, your students will be thinking like young scientists!
A communicative, inquiry-based
science course for Primary
English Language Learners.
Uses the 5E teaching sequence encouraging learners to discover new ideas, test what they mean and evaluate
their understanding of concepts.
Combines a rich variety of content
(print, audio, video) with inquiry-based activities, ensuring students
are engaged and motivated.
What is the 5E learning cycle?
Big Science is based on 5E learning cycle.
By bringing together prior knowledge and new ideas,
learners are engaged in discovering connections
before actively learning the facts and evaluating understanding.
of the topic.
involved in the topic,
providing them with
a chance to build
their own understanding.
in the topic,
to build understanding.
what they have
learned and what
Challenge and extend
and skills by engaging
them in new experiences
Check out how the 5E Learning Cycle is embedded throughout the course.
is the 5E Learning Cycle. It represents five stages
of a sequence for teaching and learning: ENGAGE,
EXPLORE, EXPLAIN, ELABORATE and EVALUATE.
They are reflected in the course structure
every step of the way.
to start engaging with the topic.
the question that will guide their learning
throughout the unit.
and additional questions in the Teacher’s Book
help students to think critically
and unfold the Big Question.
to explore the main concepts before
they start reading core content.
hands-on, an idea relevant to the lesson.
building their understanding. They read
a variety of texts that explain
scientific concepts to them.
for students to do - individually, in pairs,
in small groups, or as a class - to enhance
understanding of the concepts.
a comprehensive review of the scientific concepts covered in each lesson.
of the topic in fun and creative ways.
creative activities are offered
at the end of every unit.
do research, compose poems, and design inventions, among other things.
evaluating learning and progress.
the Got it? 60-Second Video to review key concepts, do a Lesson Check, and complete a unit review,
with targeted review strategies to address challenges students may have with content.
Their progress and to judge what they need
to study further.
of each unit.
provide clear summaries and additional tools
for evaluation and review.
Inspiring Teachers confidence
Be confident teaching science!
Big Science supports you with:
- Step-by-step guidance in the Teacher's Book for combining science content with language instruction
- ELL support modules in the Teacher's Book to help you with key terms, structures and content
- Modular design of the course allows you to customize the course to the needs of your class
Building Student confidence
Students of Big Science will think deeply about topics, will work in teams, will research concepts
to confirm understanding and will communicate their findings. These scientific practices are also
skills for life that give students the confidence they need to handle the challenges of our changing world.
and Problem Solving
Big Science asks Big Question to cultivate
critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Pair and group activities require students
to collaborate and share their ideas.
Self Assessment activities allow students
to evaluate their learning and judge what
they need to review.
Digital activities allow students to see and
test scientific concepts in an engaging way.
- Student Book
Big Science Student Book is structured around 4 core ideas:
EARTH & SPACE SCIENCE
Science Engineering & Technology
9 units presenting specific topic or concept
12 lessons in each unit
5E learning circle cultivates critical thinking skills.
Each unit begins with a Big Question which students work towards answering throughout the unit, learning to apply scientific practices.
Lesson Checks and Got it? self-assessmentsenable students to self-evaluate and take responsibility for their level of learning.
Glossary at the end of each level features all key vocabulary and definitions in one place.
Workbook provides support and practice of language in class or at home.
activities relating to each lesson’s key vocabulary and concepts
a progression through receptive understanding to productive abilities
targeted practice of already known grammar
of science-related reading
and writing skills
an emphasis on real-world application and students' own experience
personalization of topics to make science more relevant to learners and increase engagement
- Teacher's Book
Big Science Teacher’s Book provides a comprehensive overview of each unit.
step-by- step lesson plans to make the most of the course
activities and ideas additional to those in the Student Book and Workbook
Class projects available at the end of each unit, allow for in-depth and fun exploration of the unit topic.
Special support for English Language Learners through background information, suitable activities and skills strategies.
Interactive Student Book pages
Interactive Whiteboard tools
Shortcuts for quick
and easy navigation
Extra resources including
quizzes, labs, videos,
flashcards or activity cards
- Class Audio CDs
Contain audio versions of reading passages from the Student Book to provide additional language support to students.
One set of Class Audio CDs available per level.
- Flash Cards
Perfect tool to present target vocabulary in each unit.
Flashcards are available in print and digital format.
They can be used in games and activities.
Why choose Big Science?
Big Science aligns to Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, building both core language skills and scientific practices.
The 5E methodology is a systematic approach to discovering, exploring, questioning and understanding the world around us.
SUPPORT and CONFIDENCE
ELL support in the Teacher's Book, means all teachers can teach science with confidence. Language practice in the Workbook, means Students develop the language skills they need to engage with the science content.
The modular structure of Big
Science allows teachers to choose
which units to teach, based on what
is right for their class.
SKILLS FOR LIFE
Students learn essential skills for success in school and future life - critical thinking, collaboration, communication and self-direction.
Big English and Big English Plus
Big Science offers a natural extension to the CLIL content featured in Big English and Big English Plus. Teachers of these courses will feel familiar with the look and feel of Big Science, which is subtly aligned to Big English/ Big English Plus. As with Big English, there is an emphasis on developing not only subject knowledge but skills that have value in the world we live in – critical thinking, the ability to communicate and collaborate in different contexts, and digital awareness.
Other ELT courses
Big Science complements Big English and Big English Plus, but is also suitable to be combined with any Primary ELT course which requires additional CLIL or Science content.
Why choose Pearson?
If you thought learning was confined to the classroom, think again.
We love what we do in English Language Teaching (ELT) at Pearson, because we get to work in lots of different types of classrooms around the world.
Every day we look at ways of combining content, assessment, technology and services to help teachers and students across the world teach, learn and practice their English skills, making us, Pearson, the world's leading education company.
We believe in all kinds of learning, delivered at any time, in any place through materials of the highest quality, enabling you to achieve your English learning and teaching goals.