Rachel Jackson's public profile

UsernameRachel Jackson
OrganisationNational STEM Learning Centre
Current RoleTeacher educator

Rachel has a BSc in Biology from Leicester University, and a PCGE in Primary Education from Exeter University, specialising in primary science. Following many years working in London as a primary classroom teacher, co-ordinator and leading science teacher, Rachel began working for the National STEM Learning Centre in 2012. As the National STEM Learning Centre primary specialist, she also joined the ESERO-UK team in 2015 to support their work on the Tim Peake Primary Project.

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Water

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Taste, food and digestion

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Assessment in Primary Mathematics

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Mastery in Mathematics

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Diwali festival of light

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World Space Week 2017: exploring new worlds in space

One of the questions at a Tim Peake event I attended recently asked about when there would be astronauts on Mars. Obviously, no-one knows for certain when this will be, but Tim put on the spot, gave an estimate of late 2030’s.This is not that far away and for the audience, including the many children there, it could well happen in our lifetime....


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Ideas for teaching identification and classification in the primary classroom

From a very young age, children like to sort things. They will pile things of a particular colour or shape together and ask the names of everything they see to classify them.There are those children who will only use the red bricks to build their towers and a common activity in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) classrooms is to sort the things...


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Top six resources for primary teachers over Christmas

It’s that time of year again and as we hurtle towards the end of term, I have put together a few ideas to support learning in primary mathematics, science and design and technology in the run-up to Christmas:1. Plan a class partyIn this problem solving activity, children choose and carry out a range of calculations in order to plan a...

Support children's learning with classroom displays

Walk into any classroom and you will find an array of colour: spinning planets hang from ceilings, circuits making clown's noses light up, observational drawings of the inside of fruit, creative stories, coloured mathematical symbols on walls, topic-based pictures, key words and all manner of creative corners.  As well as being very nice...


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Start your own science club and see the benefits for yourself

Running a science club can be an extremely rewarding experience. They provide the chance to explore and investigate science, even topics not in the curriculum, and enrich learning.Think of those wow factor investigations such as: lava lamps, stomp rockets and volcanoes. However as they are hands-on sessions they do require planning ahead and...

Mastery in primary mathematics

The government announced in July that is providing £41m of funding over the next four years to help schools adopt a ‘mastery’ approach to maths teaching. This means that more than 8,000 primary schools in England will be able to join the specialist training programme run through Maths Hubs. So what is mastery? and what might it mean for your...


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Ten tips when it comes to driving science into primary schools

How do you support science teaching and learning in your primary school? Whether a new science leader or a seasoned hand, below are ten tips to ensure that all of your children receive a first class science education. 1. AuditAudit your school to see how much science is being done. Include questions such as:How many hours a week are...


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After more than six months in space, Tim Peake is returning to Earth!

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli described the journey back in the Soyuz capsule as feeling like “a huge car crash, at best”.Tim will be subject to high g-forces and very warm conditions on re-entry, before landing with his two crew-mates back on Earth.So what can you do in class to learn more about Tim’s journey and life back on terra-firma?Here are a...


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Get creative and celebrate Den Day in your school

‘He was lying in a kind of shelter. Looking up he could see a roof, or a part of a roof, made of elder branches, a very rotten carpet, and rusty old sheets of iron.’Stig’s cave, though lacking somewhat in modern health and safety standards, was a place of wonder for Barney as he tumbled into it. After all, what could be more exciting than having...


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New life: seven resources to use this Spring

Spring has finally sprung, lambs are gamboling in the fields, daffodils popping up from their wintery beds and the first few blossoms are appearing on trees. My local pond is alive with tadpoles, and with fascinated children observing them each week as they develop slowly into frogs.As teachers start planning lessons on the new life springing,...


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