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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Rosalind Franklin: A pivotal moment in science

In the history of science there are pivotal moments, Newton’s apple, Edison’s light bulb, Fleming discovering penicillin, but to me one of the most notable moments of recent time has to be the discovery of the structure of DNA. The code of life itself, the double helix is arguably responsible for making us the people we are.The discovery of the...


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Manipulatives in modern mathematics

Who likes mathematics? I do!I never used to as a child. No matter how hard I tried to carry out the list of multiplication and division calculations on the board I always seemed to get the answer wrong. I was puzzled. I had followed each step my teacher told me, so surely I must be correct?Through sheer determination and a lot of hard work I...


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Making mathematics real

I remember a very energetic mathematics advisor jumping across an imaginary place value chart, demonstrating a physical way to help children learn about place value and multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. Physically moving around is a great way to learn and adds to the multi-sensory approach used to encompass the variety of learning styles...


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Caterpillars in the Curriculum

‘In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf. One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and–pop! - out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.’Here at the National STEM Centre and National Science Learning Centre we’ve all been watching with great interest Samia ricini silk worms as they grow and develop, pupate and emerge as...


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Getting out of the classroom for the primary teacher conferences

We all know that the learning that takes place outside the classroom is as important as the learning inside it, yet for teachers there is often very little time for reflection, updating skills, thinking about and improving our own practice. Day after day we are inside our classrooms, which are lovely cheerful places, but we need to get out more!...


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Starting from scratch, a teacher’s musings on computing at primary school

At the weekend I Skyped a friend in Australia, listened to music on my phone and drove following the voice of a SatNav whilst my son played an interactive game on an iPad. My life, like the majority of people in the UK, is full of technology, yet why do I feel nervous when I think about planning computing lessons for a Year 4 class?With the...


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New school year resolutions

It is a truth universally acknowledged that many teachers work during their holidays. What with getting ahead of planning and booking trips for the following year. Not to mention the sorting out and re-organising of classrooms whilst merrily sticking 30 name labels on 30 drawers, rulers, rubbers, books…It is however a different kind of work; a...


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Confused by worded problems?

Whilst taking part in a professional development course run by NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) recently, we were asked this question:Laura had $240. She spent 5/8 of it. How much money did she have left?When asked this type of question, 78% of children in Singapore got the answer correct whilst only 25% of...


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National Storytelling Week

There is nothing better than a good story. How often have I seen even the most challenging of students sitting completely engrossed by a tale, eagerly awaiting what happens next…? I remember listening to a professional storyteller, whilst on a field trip in Wales, telling tales of mythical creatures called boggarts. He was brilliant. The sixty...

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