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Christmas party planning

In this problem solving activity children choose and carry out a range of calculations in order to plan a Christmas event. The party has to suit a particular number of people and fit within a specific budget so they have to make decisions by looking at realistic pricing options such as: per-person, according to...

From the Ground and From the Sky

This activity introduces the idea of remote observation by asking children to match photographs such as lakes, mountains and cities taken from the ground with early astronaut photographs. Children then compare the images from the ground with the astronaut picture of the same place. This activity is also suitable...

Bitesize CPD - Primary - Why is practical science important?

Teaching practical primary science gives pupils the chance to explore in a hands-on way, asking questions, testing their ideas and in turn developing a greater understanding of the world around them. The...

Bitesize CPD - Primary - Different learning during practical science

If you don’t evaluate the types of learning occurring in your classroom and adapt to your planning to ensure that all types are covered on a regular basis, then are children learning as effectively as they can?

Task: identify and reflect

15 minute CPD - check understanding and identify...

Bitesize CPD - Primary - Why is practical science important?

In our previous bitesize CPD task we introduced the reasons for practical work in science.

Task: discuss with colleagues

15 minute CPD - discussion and share

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Bitesize CPD - Primary - Practical science planning

Task: in your classroom

15 minute CPD - written reflection (max 200 words)

Use the SCORE booklet on Practical Work in Primary Science and identify...

Plants

This issue of Big Picture provides lots of interesting information about flowering plants and their uses. 

The plant hormones animation explores the action of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) and shows how scientists used experimental evidence to explain the role of auxins in a phototrophic response.

The...

Ecology and Simpsons Diversity Index

These activities allow students to model how environmental scientists compare diversity in different ecosystems by using ordinary playing cards as ‘species’ to generate data to calculate Simpson’s Diversity Index.   This can be completed in a single lesson. Some students find the concept of species diversity quite...

Health and Climate Change

Published by the Wellcome Trust, the 'Big Picture' explores issues around biology and medicine. The Earth's climate is changing ever faster, and human activities play a role in speeding up this change.

The Earth’s climate is changing. In fact, it has always been changing. What is different now is the speed...

Inside the Brain

These resources from the Wellcome Trust explore how imaging research has changed the way we look inside one of our most fascinating organs, the brain. The accompanying lesson ideas provides related activities and ideas for investigations or extended project qualification (EPQ). There is useful background...

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