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Selecting Search Results

This Barefoot Computing primary school resource helps children to Understand how search engines work. By acting as a ‘web crawler’ and collecting information across a small selection of web pages, they learn what in data is indexed by search engines and how this is used when a search query is received. As well as...

Variables Unplugged

This activity away from the computer is from the Barefoot Computing project. It is intended to provide a theoretical understanding of why and how variables are used in computer programming, using the example of score-keeping in a classroom quiz. Involving several volunteers from the group, the activity uses...

Scratch Maths Quiz Variables

This Barefoot Computing resource builds on the ‘Maths quiz with selection’ learning activities which should be undertaken first.

It involves improving an existing Scratch maths quiz and adding score-keeping using variables – a quiz Scratch file is provided for students who do not have access to one they made...

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...

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...

What About a Career in Technology? (KS3/4)

Students learn about careers in software engineering, artificial intelligence and cyber security, among many others, with advice from people in the field.

Each career is illustrated with career stories and advice of an individual with extensive experience in that role. In addition, the lesson also includes...

Bitesize CPD - Secondary - Developing questions

From their work on questioning Wragg and Brown (1993) identified a range of common errors that teachers may employ when they are using questions in the classroom:

  1. Asking too many questions at once.
  2. Asking a question and answering it yourself.
  3. Asking questions only of the brightest or...

Scavengers workshops: Making & Tinkering with upcycled e-waste

There are several variations to the introductory workshop, for more details please link to: https://noisytoys.org/what-we-do/workshops/

Working in groups we will build three simple mechanical noisy machines using the components that we find inside our...

Basic Practical Microbiology: a Manual

This manual, from the Microbiology Society, provides a basic introduction to microbiology, aseptic technique and safety.

Part 1 of the book includes information on good microbiological laboratory practice, equipment, preparation of culture media, sterilisation and disinfection, inoculation, aseptic technique...

Engineering careers notes for teachers

There is a high demand for engineers in the UK – in fact engineering is one of the most in demand jobs globally. From apprentices to technicians; graduates to postgraduates – engineers are needed at all levels, in a wide range of sectors.

This leaflet from Tomorrow’s Engineers helps teachers explain the...

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