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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...

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
  • ...

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.

STEM Insight case studies

STEM Insight gives teachers an opportunity to experience invaluable placements in a leading UK STEM organisation or university. It allows teachers to take away a wealth of knowledge for their students to transform their understanding of STEM careers and enrich the teaching of STEM subjects.


Flying fruit

Using a huge wall map of the world, flower pots, compost and videos, children find out everything there is to know about the fruit they eat. They investigate where their fruit has travelled from, and what transport was used getting it to the UK. Children explore the different parts of fruit and compare the seeds of...

ESAG Guidance on Buying and Using Published Schemes of Work

Schools often use a published scheme of work to teach the new curriculum. There is a wide range of published schemes of work to support delivery of the National Curriculum in Science containing excellent resources and teaching ideas.

This resource provides a checklist for schools to use when considering...

Assessment in Science Guidelines

This resources provides advice on assessment in science following the removal of the system of using levels report on progress and attainment from September 2014. From this date, schools will have the flexibility to use approaches that work for their students and circumstances, without being constrained by a single...

Making a Difference to Professional Practice

The National STEM Learning Centre and Network supports the teaching and learning of science, design and technology, computing, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in schools and colleges throughout the United Kingdom, from primary level to post-16.

We enable educators and partner organisations to...

Magic Box

A set of magic tricks/simple experiments have been put together in a text-based booklet by Planet Science; these are designed for primary age students to entertain their friends and family. The science behind each trick is given.

Investigating Energy

The aim of the Investigating Energy booklet was to present curriculum-led contexts for investigations into energy conservation. The booklet also reviews the resources available, at the time, for Key Stages One to Three.

At Key Stage One and Two, this resource gives ideas for routes into energy conservation...


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