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Rocket science: final report

In the summer of 2016, six hundred thousand children became space biologists as they began a 35 day experiment to sow and grow rocket seeds that had spent six months on board the International Space Station.

This report tells of the journey these young people...

Inspired by space: engaging girls in STEM

This guide supports educators in inspiring all children to enjoy activities relating to STEM subjects, in particular girls. It looks at statistics of women in STEM roles and introduces many female role models working in the space industry. It provides ideas for activities to support and embed learning in the...

STEM Insight case studies

STEM Insight gives teachers an opportunity to experience invaluable placements in a leading UK STEM organisation or university. It allows teachers to take away a wealth of knowledge for their students to transform their understanding of STEM careers and enrich the teaching of STEM subjects.

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Printable Scratch Blocks for Programming Unplugged

The resource includes Scratch blocks which can be printed and laminated to allow children to create block algorithms visually and in a hands-on way. A great resource to introduce the idea of Scratch blocks to Key Stage One students in the hope that they will become familiar with the system when they reach Key Stage...

Investigating Climate Change

This activity, from Practical Action, allows children to gather information on people's perception of changes in weather during their lifetime. By interviewing older friends and relatives children can find out about recent changes to weather patterns. They can also think about the reliability of evidence and how...

Scents and sensibilities

This resource supports learning about animals, including humans at primary level. Children are introduced to the banded mongoose, an animal which uses its sense of smell to recognise other banded mongooses. They then play a game to test how good they are at using smell to identify each other. Finally, they explore...

Understanding working memory: a classroom guide

Practical tips for how to break instruction down for students who find it hard to follow direction.

Authors: Professor Susan E Gathercole and Dr Tracy Packiam Alloway

How to Hunt Banded Snails

This survey, aimed at primary level, looks at the identification and classification of the banded snail, their biological variation and how this may be an adaptation to the habitat in which the snails live. It links to the topics of living things and their habitats and evolution and inheritance. The resource may be...

Maintaining Curiosity: a Survey into Science Education in Schools

This report, published by Ofsted in November 2013, sets out the findings of a new survey of science in 91 primary and 89 secondary schools, which was carried out between 2010 and 2013 and aims to support schools in implementing the new National Curriculum.

It is recognised that the best science teachers set...

Can teacher turnover improve student achievement?

According to a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, published in 2016,  removing low-performing teachers can improve outcomes for students. The study looked at the effect of IMPACT, a performance assessment and incentive system introduced in schools in Washington, DC....

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