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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Celebrating STEM Clubs

We are excited to announce the launch of our new STEM Clubs programme material this February.The UK STEM Clubs programme, a national initiative led by STEM Learning, can support schools, employers, youth groups and colleges to take the next step; whether that’s establishing a new Club or reinvigorating an existing one. We have developed...

Register for the British Biology Olympiad

Taking place from 23-31 January 2018, the British Biology Olympiad challenges and motivates students with an interest in biology.Open to post-16 students, the competition consists of two, one-hour online multiple choice tests. These are taken in schools and colleges under staff-supervised conditions at any time convenient during the competition...

Royal Astronomical Society honour leading astronomers and geophysicists

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) announced the 2018 winners of its awards, medals and prizes last week. Each year the RAS recognises significant achievement in the fields of astronomy and geophysics through these awards.The announcements were made at the Ordinary Meeting of the Society held on Friday 12 January 2018. The winners will be...

Join in: Schools micro-Gravity Rocket Experiment

Bletchley Park based science innovation company offers school children the opportunity to fly a sculpture into space on board a NASA rocket for free.SμGRE-1 (pronounced ‘sugar’- Schools micro-Gravity Rocket Experiment) is an exciting opportunity for schools, colleges and home-schooling households to design a sculpture to be part of a micro-gravity...

Updates to our website terms and conditions

We take the care of your personal data seriously. As a result, we have made some changes to our website’s terms and conditions and updated our privacy policy.Our privacy policy is designed to help you better understand how we use your personal data.The other changes to the terms and conditions reflect the new products, services and programmes that...

Get involved with the CyberFirst Girls Competition

A unique opportunity for teams of girls to compete in fun online cyber security challenges, the CyberFirst Girls Competition has returned for another year.CyberFirst launched this competition to provide a fun but challenging environment to enthuse the next generation of females with computer science and cybersecurity.Aimed at students in Year 8 (...

Deliver effective STEM activities with our programme of online CPD

STEM Learning has developed a free programme of online CPD, aimed at STEM Ambassadors and other volunteers who undertake STEM activities with young people.In 2016, we undertook some research and asked our community of over 30,000 STEM Ambassadors about their training needs as volunteers. The consensus was that learning how to undertake practical...

Don’t forget to enter the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge

The deadline for entering the Ultimate STEM Challenge is fast approaching, make sure you enter your team before the 12 January 2018.Now in its fourth year of running, the Ultimate STEM Challenge aims to build confidence and team working skills in students. It is also the perfect way to inspire students with STEM careers.This year’s theme is ‘My...

The Smallpeice Trust: programme of 2018 courses released

The Smallpeice Trust has released the first phase of their programme of residential courses for 2018.Over the last academic year, through 700 residential and STEM day programmes, The Smallpeice Trust helped more than 50,000 students to imagine the great things they were capable of achieving in STEM subjects.Following on from their success in the...

What the industrial strategy means for you

Last week, the Government released their Industrial Strategy: Building a Britain fit for the future. But what does it mean for you?Currently, around 40% of employers report a shortage of STEM graduates as being a key barrier to recruiting appropriate staff. Similarly, the number of students studying STEM-related courses reduces as they progress...

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