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Pirate Game

This Pirate themed game provides many opportunities for children to use their times tables knowledge. It includes three versions of the game which use different multiplication facts so can be used with children at different stages of learning. The arrangement of the numbers on all of the game boards has been...

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...

Neighbours

This primary maths game children to use and apply calculation skills. Players use three dice and take it in turns to create a calculation that will allow them to cover a number on the game board. Different amounts of points are scored depending on which numbers are covered, which encourages children to carry out...

Ethical aspects of fat

Take a look at the summary evidence behind the use of palm oil, a fat tax and biofuels and debate the pros and cons.

A wave model of sound

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Recognise that as a sound wave travels forward, the medium it travels through does not.
  • Describe the movement of each ‘particle’ of a longitudinal (sound) wave as the wave moves...

Waves on water and ropes

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Recognise that as a transverse wave travels forward, the medium through which it travels does not.
  • Describe the movement of each ‘particle’ of a transverse wave as the wave moves...

Diet and Exercise

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Explain what humans need in their diet and why.
  • Identify short-term and long-term effects of exercise on the human body.
  • Predict the possible outcomes of eating too much or...

STEM Learning magazine: primary - summer 2016

This STEM Learning magazine aimed at all primary teachers contains articles devoted to teaching science, mathematics, design and technology and computing at primary level. Articles include: 

  • What does primary STEM look like?
  • Taking the next step in coding
  • Could the...

STEM Learning magazine: secondary - summer 2016

Mathematics Subject Specialist, Michael Anderson, discusses the questions the Principia mission poses, as well as the range of support materials available to teachers as Tim Peake returns to Earth from the International Space Station.

Gill Collinson, Head of Centre, National STEM Learning Centre and Network...

The Scratch patch - substitution cipher

This project, exploring basic encryption, is a useful introduction to data security as well as iterating through strings to manipulate them. The program create a ‘substitution cipher’, one of the most basic forms of encryption. It also demonstrates that, for more complex chained commands, Scratch becomes rather...

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