Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC): Primary School Resources

The Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC) has a long history of producing science education resources that look at how science is applied in real-life contexts. The resources in this collection allow children to gain investigative skills, understand scientific concepts and also enjoy group work. The materials contain extensive teacher guidance, background information and chidren's activity sheets. The materials are also suitable for developing links with local science-based companies as they illustrate how classroom science can be applied in a range of industrial contexts.

The activities cover a wide range of curriculum science and technology. They help to:

  • enhance teaching of science and technology
  • engage children by placing investigations in meaningful contexts
  • help teachers and local industry to gain a better understanding of each others' work
  • show the role played by science-based industry in society

A special issue of the Association of Science Education's Primary Science journal containing articles written by the CIEC team, highlights the importance of working across the boundaries between education and industry to provide pupils with a better understanding of the application of science in the real world.



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Kitchen Concoctions

The Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC) resources put curriculum science in real-life contexts. These materials focus on the use of mixtures in the kitchen and can be used to illustrate the properties of materials. Students examine a mince-pie as a 'mixture' and compare 'real' dairy cream with...

Healthy Drinks and Tasty Toothpaste

These materials by The Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC) allow children to investigate tooth decay and the effectiveness of toothpaste. This science investigation pack draws on the example of a toothpaste manufacturer who wants to develop an appealing toothpaste, that provides maximum protection...

Pinch of Salt

This resource by The Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC) puts curriculum science into real-world contexts and provides a cross-curricular approach to salt.

Children undertake a range of hands-on investigations that look at the use of salt. This includes the use of salt to treat icy roads and...

Forces and Recycling

Aimed at older primary level, these resources help to put curriculum science in a real life context and provide many opportunities for working scientifically. They link to work on forces aiming to extend understanding to the application of forces used in sorting and recycling materials. Children investigate...


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