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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Ideas for learning about changing state

I always remember in my days of teacher training when we learnt about the mysterious birds that laid their gigantic ice eggs on my lecturer’s front lawn. Bigger than a football, yet ovoid in shapes, (as many eggs are) we gasped in wonder at these magnificent things – imagining what bird could have produced them! As our suspension of disbelief...


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Six great activities for teaching primary students about light

The shortest day has gone, yet it is still grey and miserable outside and some may feel that the Sun has abandoned us. As we move into the new year and daylight hours lengthen each day, I am ever the optimist! I thought I’d share six great activities for teaching light to primary school students.LightChildren often think that they...


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Should primary school children be learning times tables by heart?

The new curriculum requires children to all memorise their times tables and has caused two leading mathematics experts to speak out.Jo Boaler, a professor of mathematics education at Stanford University has spoken of how timed multiplication tests cause anxiety for many children, blocking their working memory and preventing the recall of...


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Ten activities to do during World Space Week

 As World Space Week is fast approaching, taking place between 4 – 10 October 2015, I thought it would be a great time to share my list of ten exciting activities and resources to engage your pupils with space for this annual celebration.So here are a few ideas...   Excite younger learners with this solar system song ...


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Why World Space Week is the perfect time to talk Tim Peake

In the playground the other day I got talking about Tim Peake and his exciting mission to the International Space Station. The parents I was talking to replied ‘Who’s Tim Peake?’“Who’s Tim Peake?!”, I echoed, “Only the first British astronaut for over 20 years!” I was a bit overly excited…Of course Tim is not the first Briton in Space; Helen...


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Do you want support to deliver engaging lessons on space at primary level?

I watched a presentation last week involving a very energetic lady and a school full of even more energetic children, finding out all about Tim Peake’s up and coming trip into space…Now, this school has been working with an ESERO-UK space ambassador for the past year, using space as a topic to increase the engagement of primary school children...


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Learning outside the classroom

Building a den is something involving creativity, problem solving and teamwork and think of the stories and drama activities that could take place once your den is built!Working with children outside the classroom, we often see a different side to them. We all know that children learn best when happy and in a positive stimulating environment and...


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Engineering for the primary classroom

I didn’t think that on this particular Monday morning I would be making a vacuum cleaner. In fact, other than the obvious cleaning of my house, I hadn’t given them much of a thought, let alone consider them to be something a class of primary school children could make!So, there we were a group of experienced teachers engaged making cardboard...


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Teaching evolution in primary schools

The teaching of evolution at Key Stage 2 is a much talked about topic amongst the teaching profession. Apart from the cultural and religious perspective of many families, it is a topic that is also appears at first simple but is actually quite complex and open to misinterpretation.So teaching it at primary level raises many questions…There...


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The Twelve Resources of Christmas

The past few years I have noticed that I have become, without realising it, the prime target of the Christmas marketing machine! The Coca Cola jingle is now part of my internal advent monologue as much as carols sung around a tree. Three for two toy deals flutter into my inbox with the regularity of lights twinkling on a tree, as I smile smugly...


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