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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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Top tips for delivering engineering activities

Inspire as many students as possible with inspiring and inclusive messages about engineering.

This 12-page guide is for ambassadors, teachers, advisers and anyone delivering engineering activities or talks to groups of young people. With a handy preparation checklist and sections on ‘embedding careers...

Magnetic Maze

This activity provides a fun way to explore magnetism. It involves the simple task of using a magnet to guide a coin through a maze drawn on the side of a plastic bottle. There are plenty of opportunities to think and talk about how magnetism works, and why magnets only attract certain materials.

Learning...

Instant Ice Cream

Ice cream is basically droplets of fat from milk suspended in millions of tiny crystals of ice, fluffed up with tiny pockets of air. This activity shows you how to make the right mixture, then make it cold enough to create those ice crystals without the aid of a freezer. It also reveals how salt and ice make a...

Graphite Circuits

We rely on electric circuits every day, in our homes, schools and places of work, as well as in our portable gadgets and kitchens. In this activity, a circuit drawn by a pencil conducts electricity to light an LED.

You’ll need to get hold of an LED, some wires and crocodile clips – these are all available...

Bubble Fun

This activity contains the Science Museum’s secret bubble recipe and ideas about how to create brilliant bubble-blowers. There’s also a lot to find out about the science of mixtures and materials and the properties of water.

Learning outcomes:

  • Investigate how mixing water changes the way it...

Bottle-Top Shapes

Shapes and patterns can be found all around us – from flowers to footballs, seashells to staircases. In this activity, simple lines drawn on bottle tops or jam jar lids provide a fun way into the wonderful world of geometry.

Learning outcomes:

  • Investigate position, direction and movement of...

Make a difference - be an engineer

This interactive presentation from Tomorrow’s Engineers introduces 11-14-year olds to engineering, inspiring them to think about a career in this sector. Developed in collaboration with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Physics, Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Engineering...

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