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Emotional robot

A short starter activity for students of all ages. It would make a good introduction to lessons on robotics or artificial intelligence and could spark a discussion on how neural networks might be used to create human-like behaviour. Equally, when discussing HCI design, it might move the debate beyond keyboard and...

Rochester Bridge Trust Learning about Bridges Education Kit

The Rochester Bridge Trust was founded in 1399 to provide a crossing over the River Medway in Kent.  The Trust still provides free bridges today.  The Trust is passionate about bridge building and wants to encourage young people to find out more about bridges and become as enthusiastic as we are!  

Our...

Brompton Bicycle: Key Stage 1 Resources

This resource, aimed at children ages 5-7, contains five design and technology projects that focus on bicycles. Children evaluate bicycle designs, then design and make: bicycle parts and accessories for characters from a book, teddy or for a particular purpose. Throughout the activities, children are encouraged to...

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...

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...

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