BBC Learning is launching a major campaign aimed at engaging upper Key Stage 2/Second level pupils (ages 9-11) with investigative science.

The exciting and innovative campaign will revolve around scientific enquiry and helping children associate science with the world around them. Schools will take part in a series of investigations over the course of the academic year 2016/2017 which will result in a mass data collection from classes across the UK. Results and data will be sent to science researchers at a number of UK universities and also uploaded to the BBC campaign website to enable children to explore a larger data set and compare their findings with those in different areas of the country.

The BBC Primary Science Campaign team are now in the process of developing the investigations for Phase 2 of the campaign and want to hear from researchers with an interest in simple but large-scale data collection from potentially huge numbers of the 9-11 age-group and their daily lives.

The investigations should focus on one of the following 6 areas:

  • Animals including Humans
  • Living Things and their Habitats
  • Electricity
  • Light
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Properties and changes of Materials

All investigations should encourage scientific enquiry and where ever possible encourage child centred learning.

Full details including timetable for submissions can be found in the attached brief – BBC LEARNING PRIMARY SCIENCE PHASE 2 BRIEF (pdf)

If you have any questions about opportunity – get in touch with Jo Inglis at the BBC (

Any questions from those interested in the brief itself should be directed to the contact details in the attached brief – BBC LEARNING PRIMARY SCIENCE PHASE 2 BRIEF (pdf)