Willow Brook Primary School

Science Capital: a primary perspective

At Willow Brook Primary School, we have been on a mission to raise the Science Capital of our pupils.

The Science Capital concept was first developed in the ASPIRES project – a longitudinal study tracking how young people develop their science and career aspirations from the age of 10.

Many experts have talked...

STEM competitions and challenges

How to introduce STEM competitions into design and technology

STEM competitions provide a huge opportunity for teachers and technicians to engage and enthuse students. They are fun, help students to cement new friendships, develop their CV experience and their ability to problem solve real-life challenges.

The benefits are not just limited to students - as a teacher, you can trial...

Directed numbers - example using number four

A guide to adding and subtracting directed numbers

The Adding and subtracting directed numbers resource is a concept development lesson from the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service. The resource has a strong focus on developing conceptual understanding.

The lesson develops a model for addition and subtraction of directed numbers by using positive and negative ‘...

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STEM Learning magazines

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Sharing ideas and inspiration at CPD for maths scholars

Last month, STEM Learning hosted CPD for the Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarship Scheme, organised by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).The scholarship gives the best maths graduates the chance to start an exciting career in teaching, with scholars receiving access to resources, two years’ free membership of professional...

We’re going on a bug hunt, are you?

The Great Bug Hunt is a competition for primary groups. It is run by the Association for Science Education, in partnership with the Royal Entomological Society.This exciting competition, now in its sixth year, fits into the curriculum and helps to develop Working Scientifically. It's a great way to get children to explore outside and...

£15,000 available to highlight science and technology achievements

The Science and Technology Facilities (STFC) Council’s Public Engagement Spark Awards have returned.Awards of up to £15,000 are available to schools and STFC scientists and engineers, facility users, museums, science communicators, and amateur astronomy groups to:encourage and support high-quality public engagement activities that highlight STFC’s...

Tell us what you think of the STEM Learning magazines (and be in with a chance of winning)

We hope you have enjoyed reading issue 8 and 9 of the STEM Learning magazines. As we move into the fourth year of the magazines, we want to ensure that they still help, support and inspire you to try something different in your classroom.Let us know what you thinkWe have created a short survey so you can tell us what you think about our...

Grants available for your engineering projects

The Engineering Education Grant Scheme provides support for UK-based educational projects that aim to increase engineering knowledge in young people aged 5-19.Funding is available for UK-based engineering projects, which aim to inspire young people with the world of engineering. As this year’s scheme is being supported by the Year of Engineering,...

Cisco Little Big Futures celebration events

We are holding two celebration events on Monday 23 April 2018 at the National STEM Learning Centre in York and Tuesday 1 May 2018 at Cisco Headquarters in London.Cisco Little Big Futures is aimed at students aged 11-14 and has a collection of resources to use across the STEM subjects and for your STEM Clubs. The resources introduce upcoming...

Bring your badge to work is back!

We are excited to announce that our STEM Ambassadors community initiative “bring your badge to work” will return this April.Designed to celebrate and inspire our volunteer network, last year’s campaign received so many fantastic responses that we have decided to run it again.Throughout the course of the month, we are looking for STEM...

Improving post-16 maths education in England’s colleges

The Mathematics in Further Education Colleges project will produce evidence-based advice on how to improve post-16 mathematics education in England’s colleges.The project explores the complex issues that affect students’ mathematics progression in further education, focusing in particular on the pathways of low-attaining 16-18 year olds.Given...

Polar Explorer programme: get involved and boost attainment in STEM subjects

Join our exciting free programme, the Polar Explorer programme.State-funded primary schools across the UK who are keen to raise aspirations and attainment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in their school, are invited to apply for the Polar Explorer programme – a £1m government-funded project, aiming to inspire the next...

Walton Priory School wins BP Ultimate STEM Challenge

Young scientists from Walton Priory School in Staffordshire have been announced as this year’s winners of the Ultimate STEM Challenge.Four students from Walton Priory School in Staffordshire have won the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge at an event held at the Science Museum in London. Aimee, Eve, Jenny and Megan were praised by the judges for their...

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