Upper Primary Science

The benefits of studying Upper Primary Science

Our Upper Primary Science homeschooling course encourages children to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way in which science will affect the future on a personal, national, and global level. They will learn to ask and answer scientific questions, plan and carry out scientific investigations/ experiments, and learn how to use equipment correctly.

Science teaches an understanding of the natural world through Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought.

The Primary Science homeschooling courses are designed to cover all of the requirements of the UK National Curriculum over the course of 6 years.

For more details of the curriculum see a summary of the areas of study here: Years 3 & 4  /  Years 5 & 6.

Equipment lists: Year 3  |  Year 4  |  Year 5  |  Year 6

Once completed, our Upper Primary Science course lays the foundations for children to transition smoothly to our Secondary Science course.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

Wolsey Hall is a registered online Cambridge International School. 

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a Pearson Edexcel approved centre

We offer a wide range of courses at Upper Primary level. 

Examples of Science experiments homeschoolers can do at home

Primary science experiments

Experiment to show sugary drinks are not good for our teeth

Primary science experiment

Contact and non-contact forces

Primary science experiment

Looking at magnets

Primary science experiments

Volcano experiment

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Key topics covered

Year 3 – Plants, animals (including humans), rocks, light, forces and magnets.

Year 4 – Living things and their habitats, animals (including humans), states of matter, sound, electricity.

Year 5 – Living things and their habitats, animals (including humans), properties and changes of materials, earth and space, forces.

Year 6 – Living things and their habitats, animals (including humans), evolution and inheritance, light, electricity.

The syllabus and hours of study

  • Allow for up to 2.5 hours study time per week for you and your child to complete each year of Upper Primary Science plus additional time for completing assignments.
  • Your child should be able to complete the course in 9 months.
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Course samples

Wolsey Hall Young Scientist (WHYS)

Wolsey Hall Young Scientist (WHYS) investigations have been added to our Year 5 and 6 Science courses. These optional investigations are a new addition to the courses, and provide lots of opportunities for our keen scientists to develop their curiosity and scientific skills. For those that take on the challenge, students can download a passport from the course, track their investigations, and claim their certificate once all the investigations have been completed.

Course Fees

Rachel Pereira da Silva

Subjects: Maths, Science

Rachael Butler

Natalie Delidjani

The Wolsey Hall approach to reading and phonics is especially well designed. Wolsey approaches learning letter sounds in “layers”. This has made it possible for our daughter to learn to read in a matter of weeks without being overwhelmed. We find it remarkable that our 4 year old daughter is reading small books all on her own with confidence and enjoying it very much.
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Correne Hankins – Primary Homeschooling Parent