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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...

World Map Logic Activity

This Barefoot Computing activity for lower primary children uses simple sequences of instructions to explore a world map. They use logical reasoning to predict the outcome of instructions that are 'programmed' into a simple game, made using Scratch 2. Children learn about the continents by guiding a simple robot...

Solar System Simulation Activity

This activity introduces children to simulations - modelling or acting out real-world, or maybe imaginary, situations. Linking to the teaching of space, it asks what factors need to be considered when simulating the solar system. Out of these, the children then decide what the most important things to include in...

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...

Topical Science Updates

Topical Science Updates are monthly newsletters for schools focusing on some of the big, quirky and interesting science stories in the news. 

Each month 3 or 4 stories are featured to help teachers embed topical science in their everyday teaching.

Each story has links to articles, video clips and...

Food Technologist

Jessica Chambers is a food technologist at Sainsbury's. This video could be useful when teaching microbiology, food technology, or as a context for applied science. Jessica's job allows her to gain experience of work in many different areas that include:

development of new products and ensuring they remain...

Practical Biofuel Activities

This booklet contains background information about the science involved in the field of bioenergy and biofuels. There are also a range of practical activities with instructions. The topics look at sustainable development plant science, microbiology, chemistry and a range of other areas of science and technology,...

Linnean Learning Posters

There are four posters in this resource covering the following areas of the biology curriculum:

  • Biodiversity: gives an overview of what biodiversity is, how it is measured and the threats to biodiversity
  • Classification: describes the main features of classification and the binomial system of...

Beat the Flood STEM challenge

In this resource, students use their STEM skills to help them design and build a model of a flood- proof house. Activities to help them with their design include testing materials (for strength and absorbency) and structures. Set on a fictitious island coping with the devastating effects of flooding caused by...

Astrofood

In this set of activities, students will learn about the different components of plants. They will learn which parts of well-known plants are edible and learn the difference between a vegetable, a fruit and a seed. The students will have to imagine and draw the plant associated with the fruit/vegetable/ seed they...

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