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Safe Sun Viewer

In this activity children are introduced to safe solar observation. Using everyday materials, the activity provides a step by step guide to create a safe sun viewer. A second activity investigates ‘sunspots’ and looks at how to use binoculars as a projector to see 'sunspots'. ‘Sunspots’ are areas of the sun which...

Mystery Objects

This resource looks at how mystery objects can be used in class to introduce a topic, introduce new scientific equipment or vocabulary, or to explore changes in science and technology over time. Ideas are provided for effective questioning and how to structure the activity.

Stevie Steel vs Alice Aluminium

This activity aimed at primary learners looks at the properties and uses of materials focussing on aluminium and steel. Children find out more about these two materials and how they differ and learn about how much energy can be saved if these materials are recycled. They then design two cartoon characters; Alice...

Choosing Suitable Materials

Aimed at primary learners, this resource provides a lesson which allows children to explore the properties of materials and decide how they may make them suitable or unsuitable for a particular purpose. Captivating educational films provide the basis for many discussions and activities. Teacher’s notes...

The Moon

Aimed at primary learners, this resource provides a lesson which looks at the phases of the Moon and how we observe it from the Earth. A detailed lesson plan incorporates subject knowledge, classroom activities, structured educational films, possible misconceptions and questions which check understanding. The...

Space to Earth Astronaut Training

Tim Peake is a European Space Agency astronaut. This resource gives background to Tim’s training leading up to his mission in 2015/16 to the International Space Station. Tim is shown in survival training, in the swimming pool training for microgravity, and in the centrifuge at the European Astronaut Centre to...

Save our home!

What is the common link between chocolate biscuits and orangutans? In this activity aimed at ages 8-9, children learn about rainforests, their location, structure and some of the animals and plants that live in them. They look at rainforests in Sumatra and how deforestation has occurred in order...

Mince Flies

This resource looks at the environmental impact of our food choices in terms of water usage, world food supply and greenhouse gas production. The activities aim to challenge students' fears and prejudices about the foods common to other cultures and to consider the importance of eating insects as a source of...

Preparing Your Child for Year 7 Science

This resource describes how parents can assist their children in the transition to working scientifically at secondary school. The document also details how children have been taught to work scientifically at primary level.

The resource has been provided by the Expert Subject Advisory Group - Science.

Citizen Science and Curriculum for Excellence

This guide provides a wealth of information about the benefits of being involved in citizen science and how to incorporate it into the curriculum, with links to citizen science projects and resources.

Citizen science projects can range from discovering a new quasar in space, counting elephants in the...

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