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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.

Where Does Food Come From?

In this activity, aimed at Early Years children find out if a food comes from a plant or an animal. Using a selection of foods and food packaging they name each food and say where it originates from. Children are then asked to sort cards into food from plants or animals then match the food cards to their sources....

What Foods Are in Season?

In this activity, aimed at Early Years Foundation Stage children learn about the seasons and the different fruit and vegetables which are ready to eat at different times of the year.

Children discuss the seasons thinking about: the things that may be observed in each, the clothes worn and activities that...

Exoplanets

In this lesson, students will be introduced to the advantages of big telescopes and the use of telescopes to do astronomy across the whole electromagnetic spectrum. They will then explore the transit method of detecting exoplanets (either practically, or using real astronomical data) and use mathematics to...

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...

Working with Scientific Literature

This pack provides a stimulating way of learning about scientific journal articles and highlights the difference between ‘research’ and ‘review’ papers.

It is suggested that students start by watching a silent video showing an unusual behaviour in capuchin monkeys, ‘anointing’, for which there are various...

Expedition

This resource is based on Felicity Ashton’s expedition to Antarctica. Felicity was the first person to ski across Antarctica using only muscle power and the first women to cross Antarctica alone.

Students are introduced to the technologies that are used on expeditions to dangerous and remote locations,...

Search and Rescue

This resource puts students in charge of an RAF search and rescue operation in the UK. To do this, they are provided with support and advice from a number of experts at different points during the rescue. They work as a team to discuss this advice and choose the best course of action, justifying the reasons for...

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