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Issue 39: It's in the News! Space Junk

This activity from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) Primary magazine takes the issue of space junk as its central theme. There are opportunities to develop and understanding of time and time zones, probability, mass, speed and large numbers relating to distances.

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Activity Case Study 14: Vicki Hodges

This STEMNET activity case study describes the work of Vicki Hodges as a STEM Ambassador. In a wide range of activities, she has helped to build a space station in an infant school, worked at careers fairs for older students and lectured at universities. Vicki has worked with all age groups and enjoys sharing her...

The Great British Space Dinner - Primary Resource

The Great British Space Dinner Challenge contains six lessons:

Lesson 1 – All Aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This lesson sets the scene for the sequence of lessons with a brief Introduction to the ISS and the Great British Space Dinner Challenge.

Lesson 2: Fit...

Spaghetti bridges

This activity could be used in Key Stage 2 as a stand-alone activity, as a focused task to develop skills in the use of the glue gun, or as part of a structures project investigating bridges.

In this activity, students develop both their skills in using a glue gun and demonstrate their understanding of how...

Moving pictures

In this activity students learn about:

- the type of movement generated using a slider and a lever

- how a slider and lever allow movement

- how to cut and assemble simple mechanisms using card and scissors

Minibeast trackers

In this session children use their senses to look, listen and touch their way around their outdoor space - encouraging a sense of curiosity that could lead to adventures and imaginative play.

This lesson enables students to:

  • Treat animals in the environment with care and sensitivity
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Maths dictionary

This maths dictionary provided by mathsphere, is likely to be useful for older primary students and their teachers.  It provides a definition for every term teachers are likely to come across when teaching and learning primary mathematics.

Garden organic

From Garden Organic this set of cards provides growing instructions for strawberries, carrot, garlic, spring onions, spring cabbage and phacelia.  Each card is illustrated with a photograph of the plant on one side with clear cultural instructions including when to plant, when to harvest and how to care for the...

How does space affect the human body?

This infographic, from the Canadian Space Agency, describes how microgravity and increased radiation levels in space can affect astronauts' blood, circulation, muscles, nervous system, eyes, bones and DNA.

Squishy circuits classroom guide

Squishy Circuits are a great way to take modelling further by introducing batteries and components. Use Squishy circuits (conductive and insulative play dough) to create the circuits and realise part of a design. Comprehensive classroom guidance for ideas in using this in fun and inspiring ways.

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