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Posters

A range of downloadable classroom posters to support learning in science, computing and engineering. They link to curriculum topics including: forces, light, circuits, space, weather, transport, materials and robotics. All of these posters are updated and the collection is added to on a...

Wind power STEM challenge

From Practical Action, this challenge asks students to design a simple wind turbine capable of lifting a cup off the floor to bench height. The winning team will be the one producing a machine that lifts the most weight. The resource includes an instruction sheet, wind turbine images, links to videos and...

Squashed tomato STEM challenge

This Practical Action resource presents a fun hands-on and brains-on challenge for Key Stages Two to Five.

The problem: In Nepal many farmers living on the mountainside grow fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes. To earn a living they need to sell these at the local...

Plants

This issue of Big Picture provides lots of interesting information about flowering plants and their uses. 

The plant hormones animation explores the action of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) and shows how scientists used experimental evidence to explain the role of auxins in a phototrophic response.

The...

Epigenetics article

This article looks at epigenetics in plants.

Rooted to the spot, plants cannot run away from problems.  Instead, they adjust their growth and metabolism to cope. So, exposed to strong winds, plants grow shorter, broader stems and smaller leaves; or if temperatures approach freezing, many plants synthesise ‘...

Evolution and inheritance: the game of survival

This resource provides a selection of lesson plans, worksheets and teachers notes relating to evolution and inheritance at Year Six. They include activities in which children look at fossils as evidence of life millions of years ago and study the life of Mary Anning. They compare offspring with parents, looking at...

Light: crime lab investigation

Produced by the Hamilton Trust, these resources give details of six lessons on light and vision. This includes lesson plans, practical activities and all student materials. Students identify sources of light and revise facts such as light travels in straight lines and opaque objects form shadows. They understand...

Sound: listen up

This resource provides a selection of lesson plans, worksheets and teachers notes relating to sound at Year Four. They include activities which show that sounds are made when objects vibrate and that sounds travel through solids, liquids and gases. They also look at the structure of the ear, how vibrations are...

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...

Moonsaics

This collection of five Moonsaics have been created by the National Schools' Observatory, they consist of five different images of the Moon, separated into multiple picture panels per image, much like a "giant jigsaw puzzle". Students are challenged to assemble the completed images, offering them the opportunity to...

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