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British Science Week: early years activity (2020)

This activity pack provides a range of activities that link to Understanding the world. It has been designed for British Science Week 2020  on the theme of 'Our Diverse Planet'. It links in with everyday experiences and includes: collecting a rainbow of colours in  the local...

Bee-Bots Basics

This introduction to using the small programmable robot, the BeeBot, introduces children to creating simple programs. They learn the importance of sequences of accurate instructions, and test their sequences out using a 'fakebot' or paper-robot. Children are encouraged to debug and develop their sequences before...

Lego Building Algorithm Activity

In this adaptable lesson plan children create a simple model (out of Lego or similar) and then take photos to create instructions (an algorithm) for other children to recreate their model. By removing one block at a time they are decomposing the problem into manageable steps. Teachers may wish to split this lesson...

Computational Thinking

This 'concept card' from the Barefoot collection explains 'computational thinking': *What it is *Why it is important *What it looks like in the primary curriculum *How to find out more It supports teacher understanding to improve their teaching of the Barefoot activities.

Vertically Challenged

Aimed at primary level, the activities within this pack demonstrate key ideas and concepts used in designing and constructing buildings such as: how levers and pulleys work, the properties of materials and the forces involved in different structures. Activities include: making a lever to lift a grown up, making...

Message Makers

Aimed at primary level, this activity pack contains a range of different activities based on the theme of sound and communication. Designed for use in class or within a science week or club, the activities promote investigative work and communication skills and include: investigating pitch, sending messages via...

Move It!

Aimed at primary level, this activity pack contains a range of different activities based on the theme of motion. The activities cover a mixture of topics including: states of matter, the water cycle, Earth and Space, electricity, forces and irreversible reactions.

Designed for use in class or within a...

Exploring Energy

The ten activities within this pack investigate environmental issues including: the greenhouse effect, recycling, sustainable energy sources and thermal insulation. Aimed at primary level, they are designed either for use in class or within a science week or club. The activities promote investigative work and...

Explore the Future

This activity pack, aimed at children aged 5-11, contains a range of different activities based on the theme “Explore the future”. The activities cover a mixture of topics including; including: Earth and Space, food, the water cycle, forces, magnets, energy and the environment.

Designed either for use in...

Domestic Science

Aimed at primary level, this pack investigates the science in everyday life. They investigate a range of topics including: irreversible reactions involved in cooking, the density of liquids, microorganisms, properties of materials and electricity. Designed to demonstrate key ideas and concepts and to spark an...

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