Principia Space Diary

The Principia Mission Space Diary aims to help children find out more about the Principia mission, to strengthen literacy and visual literacy skills and engage children in STEM learning. The diary is supported over the six months of Tim's mission by lesson plans released each month. The first...

Catalyst Volume 26 Issue 2

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles:

Wearing Electronics

This Catalyst article investigates how polymer materials can be designed and printed with...

Space to Earth Challenge

British ESA astronaut Tim Peake invites UK children to exercise alongside him as he trains two hours a day on the highest and fastest gym in the Universe – travelling at 27,600 km per hour and circling the world every 90 minutes. The triathlon styled challenge encourages schools to create their...

Primary Evolution

This collection of resources supports the teaching of 'Evolution and Inheritance' at primary level, providing videos and hands-on activities around the tricky concepts of Variation, Adaptation, Natural Selection and Evolution. The resources include: a news report on the Evolution of Life on...

Rocket Science

Rocket Science is centred around a UK wide practical schools’ experiment. This experiment is a fun interactive way to get students thinking about how plants might grow in space. It will help them understand the difficulties of living, growing and eating in space.

Two kilograms of rocket...

Switched On Computing

The Computing at School newsletter is published three times a year. It is full of practical ideas for teachers of computing in primary and secondary schools, with articles contributed by a number of CAS members. With input from teachers, academics, advisors and industry professionals, it...

Computing Concept Cards

Used to support teaching of computing in primary schools, these information sheets offer primary teachers an explanation of the six key concepts of computational thinking as defined by CAS (Computing at School). The resource, created by the Barefoot Computing project, would prove useful to...

Barefoot Computing

The Barefoot Computing project is helping teachers to teach the computer science elements of the new primary computing curriculum. This collection contains the free, high-quality resources produced by the project, comprising of teacher guides and activity sheets. The project uses a range of...

Primary Science Demonstrations

This series of videos, produced by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), gives ideas for teaching materials and their properties in the primary classroom. Presented by Sue Halliday and Lorelly Wilson, the demonstrations use everyday products and require no special equipment. They are designed...

Latest community resources

Recognising hinge-point questions

Here is a batch of 15 quite widely drawn questions. For each, decide if the question:X - would make an effective hinge-point question;Y - is more suited to stimulating constructive dialogue;Z - is not well suited for use in either context.When reaching your decision on each of the questions, be aware that the...
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Computer Science Posters

I have created a series of posters that may help with explaining key concepts:BinaryFetch-Decode-Execute PosterHardware PosterInput - process - output posterMinion Poster - basic flowchart & PseudocodeMinion Poster - flowchart & PseudocodeGame maker vs KoduCPU PosterThe InternetStorage memory 
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Design a book cover activity

This is a single lesson activity that uses Harry Potter and The Hunger Games as a setting for book cover design.
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2016

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Grids

An excel workbook which creates different grids to explore number patterns.The set up allows the user to set the start value, the step value, the width of the grid and the height of the grid.Grid, makes the grid defined in the set upMultiple highlights all the multiples of the chosen numberGrid up makes the grid with...
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I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here!

I'm a Scientist is a free event where school students get to meet and interact with scientists online.Your students challenge the scientists over fast-paced online text-based live CHATs. They ASK the scientists anything they want, and VOTE for their favourite scientist to win a prize...
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I'm an Engineer, Get me out of here!

I'm an Engineer is a free event where school students get to meet and interact with engineers online.Your students challenge the engineers over fast-paced online text-based live CHATs. They ASK the engineers anything they want, and VOTE for their favourite engineer to win a prize of...
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Christmas Ice cream

Here are the instructions for the 12th Challenge in the Series run by Team STEAM#99 (@Fulford School York).Each team will need 1/2 a cup of cream, a large ice cream tub with hole cut in lid (to house cream cup) ice, salt, range of xmas ingredients and a spoon...
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Rocket Science

This display was created by one of our TA's at Skipton Parish Church School, who has been totally inspired by the whole Tim Peake Project.
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Bridge Breakdown

Here are the instructions for the 11th Challenge in the Series run by Team STEAM#99 (Fulford School York).Wooden block size apporx.75x25x12mm. Each team given 54 blocks and 45min time limit EnjoyFocuses on design and engineering and balancing forcesCan be easily differentiated to make it easier or harder depending on...
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Water Wobble

Here are the instructions for the 10th Challenge in the Series run by Team STEAM#99 at Fulford School, YorkFocuses on reducing water loss and designCan be easily differentiated to make it easier or harder depending on ability or key stage taughtIdeal for use in STEM clubs, on challenge days or end of term activity
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2015

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