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The Colour of Nature

A 90 minute Real World Science session exploring light and colour in the natural world; human understanding and use of colour and extends to optical illusions and v ision beyond the visible spectrum.

Involves hands on work with specimens from the museum's collections and "mini-safaris" through the Natural...

Squashed tomato STEM challenge

This Practical Action resource presents a fun hands-on and brains-on challenge for Key Stages Two to Five.

The problem: In Nepal many farmers living on the mountainside grow fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes. To earn a living they need to sell these at the local...

Retaining and developing the teaching workforce

This report examines whether the Department for Education is supporting the schools sector effectively to retain and develop the teaching workforce.

STEM and STEAM for Cartography

Mini Map Makers is creating a Poster for STEM and STEAM for Cartography. How Cartography interacts with the elements! 

This is working progress and a draft copy will be out soon!

Topical Science Updates

Topical Science Updates are monthly newsletters for schools focusing on some of the big, quirky and interesting science stories in the news. 

Each month 3 or 4 stories are featured to help teachers embed topical science in their everyday teaching.

Each story has links to articles, video clips and...

Choosing the sex of babies: ethical debate

This cross-curricular activity is designed to get Key Stage Four students thinking about the moral and ethical implications of sex selection. The resources will encourage students to form their own opinion and share it with the rest of the class. The activity is relevant to Key Stage Four science, citizenship and...

Meet the EO Detectives

Earth Observation (EO) scientists collect information about the Earth – the land, the sea and the atmosphere – using sensors carried on satellites, aircraft, ships, buoys floating on the ocean and thousands of weather stations around the world. There is now a great deal of data available and scientists are finding...

Systematic review of prerequisites for implementing assessment for learning in classroom practice

Although many researchers acknowledge that Assessment for Learning can significantly enhance student learning, the factors facilitating or hindering its implementation in daily classroom practice are unclear. A systematic literature review was conducted to reveal prerequisites needed for Assessment for...

Climate change - concept cartoon

This cartoon helps pupils explore issues around climate change; what causes it and how it affects peoples' lives around the world.

Concept Cartoons are quick, simple and effective. They are designed to intrigue, provoke discussion and stimulate thinking. Concept Cartoons make concepts problematic and provide...

Global Goals - string activity

A short, interactive activity to illustrate how the Global Goals are interconnected.

The Global  Goals (also known as the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) were put together by the United Nations in September 2015. These 17 goals aim to end world poverty by 2030. Practical Action have produced a range of...

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