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Light: light and shadows

Produced by the Hamilton Trust, this resource aimed at Year Three give details of seven lessons on light. It includes activities which develop an understanding of how the Earth’s movement gives rise to seasons and day and night. Children investigate shadows, reflections and sundials. Other lessons include work on...

Plants: roots and shoots

This resource provides a selection of lesson plans, worksheets and teachers notes relating to plants at Year Three. They include activities in which children find out about the parts of flowering plants and their functions, and investigate the conditions affecting plant growth and how water is transported in plants...

Rocks: rocks and fossils

Produced by the Hamilton Trust, these resources give details of eight lessons on rocks and soils. This includes lesson plans, practical activities and all student materials. Students find out about what is under their feet. Students are always fascinated by rocks and, in this strand, they describe rocks and compare...

Forces: may the forces be with you

This resource provides a selection of lesson plans, worksheets and teachers notes relating to forces at Year Five. They include activities in which children find out about gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction. Children develop their understanding of balanced and unbalanced forces and their effects...

Cauliflower Cloning

This video introduces a reliable technique to demonstrate tissue culture and totipotency, and shows how best to use this protocol with your students.

Unlike animal cells, many plant cells are totipotent, meaning that each cell has the capacity to regenerate the entire plant. Micropropagation is the...

Genetic Modification of Plants and Food Security

Produced in 2015, these resources look specifically at how genes can be altered in plants and how bacteria are central to genetic engineering techniques. Genetically modified (GM) crops offer the potential to help improve food security though this still remains controversial in some areas.

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Life Cycles

Aimed at primary learners, this resource provides a lesson which looks at the life-cycles of plants and animals looking at several examples including human, frog and poppy. The main stages of development in each of these organisms are highlighted and the length of each compared. Teacher’s notes provide...

Exoplanets

This resource has been devised by The Royal Observatory Edinburgh with the Institute of Physics Scotland, to inspire secondary science classes. They are mainly used by students aged 11-14 years but can be used from upper primary to upper secondary.

Students investigate exoplanets. They use data from real...

Quantum Key Distribution

Produced in 2015, these resources look at the development of encoding messages and how technology and science has developed to allow us to keep messages secure. Looking at unintuitive quantum properties of light, Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principal and entanglement, students will see how keys can be shared to...

Maths and science challenge 2012

This challenge asks teams of students to plan a major sporting event in their local area. The resource provides an opportunity for students to explore their ideas in a creative environment. Teams can define their own goals and priorities, but may want to focus on three main areas of planning an event:

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