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How to Plan and Run Your Own Space Week

This guide  supports primary schools in planning and running their own Space Week, providing a wealth of ideas for activities for children in EYFS and primary schools as well as links to many high-quality resources to support teachers in planning a week of engaging learning experiences for their pupils. The guide...

Mission to the Moon

This collection of practical activities, investigations and games is all based on current lunar research. It supports many aspects of working scientifically and links to area of the curriculum including: earth and space, light and shadows, forces, materials, changes of state and rocks and soils. Activities are...

Watching the brain at work

This activity introduces students to an exciting technique at the forefront of brain research, functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI. Researchers use this powerful imaging technique to pinpoint precisely which areas of the brain are associated with different activities.

The activity guides students...

Zoom in on your genome

This video shows the various levels of DNA packaging and the four basic building blocks of DNA. it allows you to take a journey into the body to see where the genome is found and how DNA is packaged in the nucleus of the cell. The journey starts outside the body and takes you into the liver and a liver cell. You...

Heredity and Genetic Information

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Recall that offspring inherit characteristics from each of their parents.

  • Recognise that an organism’s characteristics are affected by genetic information in cells and...

With the help of the world’s best filmmakers, photographers, conservationists and scientists, ARKive has created the ultimate multimedia guide to the world's endangered animals, plants and fungi. These resources help children to learn about the variety of living things, where they live, their habitats and also the...

Aluminium

A Catalyst article about aluminium, a shiny silvery metal, which is extracted from its ore by electrolysis. Further addition of other metallic elements results in an alloy, which can be cast into various shapes using moulds. The article looks at the processes of extraction, casting, patterns, moulds and finishing...

Printing in Three Dimensions

This Catalyst article looks at 3D printing, a new technology which is rapidly finding applications. Although probably too slow for mass production it is useful for producing prototypes and tailor-made items. In a 3D printer, layers of polymer beads are printed one on top of the other. Heat melts the polymer beads...

Astronauts Leaping on the Moon

This footage, from Footagevault, documents the locomotion of humans on the moon under reduced gravity conditions. It can be used with Key Stage Three and Four students to start discussions about forces. This clip shows Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan leaping towards the camera with great big kangaroo hops.

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What is engineering?

This resource provides an introduction to engineering for primary children. It can be used for a whole school assembly with follow-on inquiry work, or with one class, and would be suitable for working with a STEM Ambassador.  The resource aims to break down preconceptions about engineering, looks at what...

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