7 questions to explore before you leave primary school

7 Questions to explore before you leave primary school is a collaboration between the Science Museum, TES and Arts Council England, designed to provide inspiration for cross-curricular learning.

Seven short films, introduced by science presenters Greg Foot and Zoe Laughlin and artist Will Yates-Johnson, invite young people to help answer big questions about the world using their curiosity, creative thinking and problem-solving skills through STEM, arts and humanities.

The seven questions, including What does sound look like? and Where does the sun go at night? can be used either as part of a lesson or as the start of a full topic of work. They can be approached from a multitude of angles, opening up opportunities for learning across science, history, art and design and beyond.

This project is a way of offering more diverse learning opportunities and greater access to STEM for all types of learners. Each of the films is linked with downloadable classroom resources from across the curriculum to support teachers.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said: “Through this collaboration with the Science Museum and Tes, we hope primary teachers will be inspired to take a creative approach to these though-provoking questions. From choreographing a dance inspired by the clouds or painting a picture of what music sounds like, we hope the films provide sparks of inspiration in classrooms across the country.”

Tom O’Leary, Director of Learning at the Science Museum Group said: “The Science Museum is delighted to be partnering with the Arts Council and TES on this exciting cross-curricular initiative. We believe that presenting science as one way among many of answering big questions about the world will help establish common ground between STEM subjects, humanities and the arts. We hope that the Seven questions initiative will be a great starting point for engagement inside and outside the classroom that will fuel young people’s curiosity about the world around them beyond the project itself.”

Lord Jim Knight, Chief Education Adviser, Tes Global said: "At Tes we are keen to support primary teachers in finding new ways to bring science to life and link it to other parts of the curriculum, and thereby help catalyse the next generation of creative scientists. To have this wonderful collaborative project with the Science Museum and the Arts Council is wonderful news for our teacher community."

The films and linked resources are available at https://www.tes.com/7questionstoexplore, and teachers will be encouraged to share what they discover in the online gallery.

published date: 
Thursday, 2 February 2017

Cultural education gives children and young people the opportunity to develop their creativity, both individually and collectively, and that's why our goal is for every child and young person to have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts.

Darren Henley
Chief Executive
Arts Council England

It's vital that children have the opportunity to learn and enjoy arts and culture from an early age. It develops their creativity, inspires future careers and enriches their childhood.

Artsmark Award does brilliant work in schools and education to ensure young people access a broad and balanced curriculum that includes high-quality arts and culture.

Michael Ellis MP
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism
Department of Culture, Media and Sport