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COP 26 – November 2021

Leaders from across the World have discussed the future of our planet over the past two weeks and it’s all been about taking responsibility and making changes to the way we live.  Here are some links and resources relevant to the topic.

This year it’s all about social enterprise. Make a profit & make a difference.

What is COP 26, discover things you can do about climate change.

Free classroom resources

Free school packs

This is a programme designed to create lasting behaviour change and habit formation by providing pupils with the knowledge and understanding they need to put sustainability at the heart of every decision they make as the consumers of the future. 

A children’s guide to Nuclear power and how we all need to tackle climate change.

Free lesson plans for primary and secondary.

 

 

 

 

The John Dalton Science Fund-STEM Grants Available of up to £500 for your school.

During the first lockdown last Summer, after exams were cancelled, four students of Cockermouth School, Joe Moore, Jack Scott, Natasha Stannett and Poppy Watson spent twelve weeks planning the launch of a balloon into the stratosphere. It was a hugely challenging project which became the focus and highlight of their lockdown. Following the successful launch and retrieval of their balloon and all its data, they decided to raise funds and set up a grant-giving fund called the John Dalton Science Fund to help other young Cumbrians wanting to initiate a STEM project. You can find out more about their project here.

Activities created by local companies for in the classroom or at home

One of our business partners have come up with a range of challenges and activities to keep the little ones (and big ones!) entertained.

They would love to see your completed activities so please share by tagging Balfour Beatty plc #expertengineers or email community.engagement@balfourbeatty.com

All the activities are available to download below.

Lesson Plans

NEW FREE teacher packs ready to download from Cumbria Wildlife Trust

 

Get Cumbria Buzzing

Get Cumbria Buzzing

Can you identify Pollinators in your garden or during your daily exercise walk? 

Fundamental to the web of life, pollinators help provide one-third of the food we eat, pollinate more than 80% of our flowering plants and contribute around £690 million a year to the UK economy.  Pollinators are vital to creating and maintaining the habitats and ecosystems that many wildlife rely on for food and shelter.

However, our wild pollinators are in trouble.  More than half of UK bee, butterfly and moth species have declined in the past 50 years, and 30 species of bee’s face extinction.

Can you spend just 10 minutes a day out in your garden recording the number of Pollinators in your garden to give the CWT vital information on pollinators across Cumbria. The records that you collect will be added to the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre database, providing county and national records.

Use the Bumble Bees and Butterfly spotter guides to identify your species to record on your pollinator recording sheet.

There is also a useful guide on how to record the buzz!

Why not try the Pollinator Quiz and receive a certificate and a FREE packet of seeds  (100% correct entries only) kindly donated by Oakhurst Garden Centre, Cockermouth.

 

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The Primary Science Teaching Trust is working with Science Sparks to create activities for children to have some fun with science at home.
Each two page sheet has activities that are:

  • clear and simple, using household resources
  • accessible and manageable for all
  • fun for children and their families to do
  • linked to follow up activities

They will send out a new  Science Fun at Home every Wednesday and will also be posting them on all their social media accounts. You can also receive these activities direct to your inbox by signing up to their mailing list. Please share these resources with other schools, parents, guardians and carers, and encourage them to pass them on to other families.
For more information about this fantastic resource CLICK HERE

RSPCA – The education team is aiming to provide teachers, parents and carers with engaging activities that will get young people thinking and debating animal issues whilst incorporating subjects such as science and PSHE. Their free resources are easy to access online from your home CLICK HERE
Science and industry – Paul Tyler shares resources with TES CLICK HERE
Fun experiments to do at home with Jules Pottle a Science Specialist Primary school teacher who developed ‘Science Through Stories’ with Chris Smith, and is also a trainer for https://storytellingschools.com/“.   CLICK HERE for more info.
This collection of resources from BAE Systems contains a series of worksheets for use in the classroom. Looking at different aspects of science, design and technology, and mathematics, they provide activity ideas alongside explanations of the concepts underpinning the investigations. They also aim to encourage young people to make the links to applications in technology and engineering. Age 7-11 CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

A series of fun and informative science experiments you can do safely at home.  Click here to view the videos

WWF-UK are offering free online live lessons (classes at home, school or mixture) on a variety of topics covering primary science and geography curriculum points:
🦋 Saving our Living Planet – the importance of biodiversity and steps we can make to help protect our planet
❄ Penguins and Polar bears – how animals are adapted for polar climates and the impacts of climate change on our polar regions
🐯 Threats to nature: illegal wildlife trade: what is the illegal wildlife trade, why it is a problem and what can we do about it?
🐘 Conservation Solutions: ecosystem connections and wildlife conservation solutions in Kenya and Tanzania

🌟FOR ALL TEACHERS AND HOME-SCHOOLING PARENTS🌟

This is the topic of our next School from the Zoo lesson coming your way this Friday 12th February at 11am. The short online lesson will look at life in tropical rainforests, featuring some of the incredible species at the zoo. Perfect for teachers and home-schooling parents to finish this half of the term in a fun way! 🦜
It is aimed at lower KS2 pupils, however would be suitable for all primary school children. There will be short tasks during the lesson and an optional follow-up task too. ✍️
If you wish to join us ‘live’ on the day, please visit our website to access the Teams viewing link and Q&A: https://bit.ly/school-from-the-zoo.
As always, the lesson will be available on the above webpage and our Youtube channel shortly after the live broadcast, so that anyone can watch it at a time that suits them. See you on Friday! 😄
💙 CALLING ALL TEACHERS & HOME EDUCATING PARENTS 💙
Every Friday for the next 7 weeks the National Marine Aquarium will be delivering FREE live lessons from their Aquarium via YouTube!
Each week there will be two sessions;
🦈🔬 The first ‘Deep Science’ (1:00pm to 1:20pm) will see the schools team using aquarium exhibits and the AquaLab to explore the science behind the animated ocean exploration tv series ‘The Deep’ (CBBC@12pm on weekdays during lockdown).
Expect fascinating facts and real time experiments, as well as ideas to follow up with at home!
🧜‍♀️📖 The second will be ‘Mermaid Tales’, which will air from 1:30 – 1:45pm and will involve a short story narrated by our resident mermaid, Marina – perfect timing before an afternoon nap, or as a gentle, relaxing start to the afternoon.
For more information head here: http://bit.ly/AquariumLessons  
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Northern Gas have created a fantastic at home learning pack regarding gas safety.
There is a quiz and also a competition to enter (please ignore the closing date as this has been extended).
They have also created a fun word search and missing word game.
🌳FREE ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES🌳
🦋Just like the first lockdown Primary Forest School will be providing FREE online resources for  schools, pupils and anyone else who would like them!
🎥They will also be posting daily videos of activities that you can do with children as part of their home learning or just to keep them entertained!
📧If you have already received a pack from them in the past please check your emails before requesting again. If you haven’t received a pack in the past and would like one then please send them your email address.
Happy Forest Schooling 🌳
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Developing Experts provides free Lessons that will ignite their passion for science

Join over 5000 schools with access to over 700 science lesson plans and experiments to help you teach with confidence and inspire future generations to explore STEM careers.

They provide a library of the interactive online science lessons with fun science experiments, handouts and assessment for learning activities, fully mapped against multiple curricula including the Science National Curriculum KS1, KS2 and KS3.

 

Free to schools for children aged 4 to 14 years, all you have to do is sign up to an account.

🎥🌴 Chester Zoo are bringing you a LIVE Virtual Zoo Day… RAINFOREST SPECIAL! 🌴🎥
🏡 Tune in from home and enjoy sun bears, fantastic frogs, Madagascar’s lemurs, tropical birds and a Q&A with their education experts as they answer YOUR questions! 🐻🐸🐒🐦
⏰ Join them on Facebook or YouTube on Friday 19 February for a WHOLE DAY of incredible animal action.
🙌 Gates open at 10am… don’t miss it! 😍
Click HERE to access their Facebook page.

NFU Education - Farming STEMterprise

Farming STEMterprise is a range of free, engaging cross-curricular STEM and enterprise projects for primary school children.

As former primary school teachers, the NFU Education team  understand the challenges faced by the profession so Farming STEMterprise has been designed with three main goals in mind: to save teachers time and reduce workload; to spark learners’ passion and enthusiasm for STEM subjects and to convey important messages about food and nutrition through a cross-curricular, project-based  approach.

Farming STEMterprise engages reluctant learners through real-life, meaningful problems as part of engaging cross-curricular projects. The projects take children through each stage of setting up a farm shop business: considering seasonality when deciding which crop to grow, growing their own ingredients, considering nutrition when designing their recipes, using market research to test their ideas out with potential consumers, working within a budget when buying additional ingredients, learning knife skills when making their products, calculating expected profit, designing responsible packaging and more.

Practical Science and Design & Technology lessons, closely tailored to each year group’s programme of study, are incorporated throughout the projects and opportunities for applying Maths skills to engaging, real life problems are embedded at each stage. Farming STEMterprise enables teachers to deliver the core content from the national curriculum whilst developing learners’ soft skills such as public speaking and team work, as well as vital life skills such as healthy eating, knife proficiency and financial literacy.

The projects (which include ten lesson plans, ten power points and all associated resources for each primary year group) are free to download from the NFU Education website:

https://education.nfuonline.com/Stemterprise

Farming STEMterprise has received Green Tick accreditation from the Association for Science Education and all the projects are CREST award accredited. In 2020, the projects were named as finalists in the BETT (British Educational Training) awards and the Education Resource Awards (ERA ) and won the Teach Primary 5 star award in the STEM category.

As Cumbria’s largest independent animal welfare charity, Oak Tree Animals’ Charity are the leading provider of education and community support regarding pets in the local area. They offer workshops to primary schools on responsible pet ownership and safety around dogs, available at a time to suit you. These are very popular workshops carried out at schools all over the local area. Specially formulated for younger pupils, the workshops are very interactive and get the kids up and involved in games and activities to educate in a fun and memorable way.

These sessions can be offered to schools in Allerdale or Copeland in person or virtually.

Find out more here: https://www.oaktreeanimals.org.uk/community/education-learning.html

Quizzes and Competitions

The Lake District Coast Aquarium is found in Maryport by the Harbour. The Aquarium is home to lots of different fish from all over the world. Complete our quiz about sharks and rays below!

Get Cumbria Buzzing

Test your knowledge with this online quiz all about pollinators. You might have seen the questions posted before on the website but nows a chance to get a certificate. For more information about Cumbria Wildlife Trust take a look at their website www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk.

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Northern Gas have created a fantastic at home learning pack regarding gas safety.
There is a quiz and also a competition to enter (please ignore the closing date as this has been extended).
They have also created a fun word search and missing word game.

Local Programmes

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Every September, the National Science Museum head up to West Cumbria and present the REACT Foundation Science and Engineering Shows. These highly interactive and entertaining shows are held at various schools in the area and are open to both key stage 2 and 3 students, with a different show available for each age group. They are a fantastic opportunity to get younger students excited about science, and hopefully start to inspire the engineers of the future.

The Foundation will be contacting West Cumbrian Schools in January, so do keep an eye on the school inbox for an invite.

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‘Get Cumbria Buzzing’ is a new education project about pollinators set up by Cumbria Wildlife Trust (CWT). The project aims to work with schools and local communities to create havens for wild pollinators such as bumblebees, butterflies and hoverflies across West Cumbria and the A66.

Get Buzzy!

Throughout march 2019-2022 CWT is providing a range of activity sessions for Primary Schools across the West Coast of Cumbria and along the A66 linked to pollinators and wildflower habitats.

Activities can take place in your school or at a nearby community site and can be tailored to suit your curriculum needs. Example activities are as follows:

The Get Cumbria Buzzing Pollination talk – 30-minute fun & interactive presentation on the importance of pollination for a school assembly or in addition to workshops below
The Bumblebee game – A 1-hour activity that’s great fun and helps to reinforce learning about plant reproduction through pollination. This activity requires some physical activity (running around) and the use of an outdoor play area or indoor hall
The Humble Bumble – A 1-hour session enabling children to learn incredible facts about this very gentle creature, its life cycle and the different species than can be found in the locality and the UK. An interactive PowerPoint session is followed by an opportunity for children to learn how to identify and record the 6 common species of bumblebees safely in and around their school grounds. The records will then be sent to a local and national database and will help our Cumbria pollinator atlas.
The Artful Bee – Get Creative making bumblebee masks or models using a variety of materials whilst learning why bumblebees and other pollinators are so important for the production of the food we eat 1-2 hours’ activity depending on time available.
Wildflower planting – A 1-3-hour activity that’s a bit messy and great fun planting wildflowers in the school grounds or at a local community site (travel expenses paid)
Mini-beast detectives – 1-2-hour activity to discover what insects inhabit wildflowers and investigate how they have adapted to their environment. Learn about why wildflowers are such an important habitat for our wild pollinators and other wildlife. Take a closer look at ‘pollination in action’ and discover what really happens! Can be done in School grounds or tagged onto a wildflower planting session.

Buzzy teachers!
Teacher training sessions can be coordinated to coincide with workshops or as a 1-2 hour after-school session with-in your school. The session will equip teachers with the necessary skills, knowledge and materials to identify bumblebees and other pollinators, run wildflower/pollinator visits and activities and provide pollinator-friendly habitats in your school grounds.

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STEMFirst is funded by STEM Learning to provide a FREE service to schools in Lancashire and Cumbria. Our Aim is to ensure that all young people, regardless of background, are encouraged to understand the excitement and importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

We can help your school to understand the range of hands-on STEM opportunities available, how STEM Ambassadors can support awareness of the career opportunities STEM subjects can lead to, and help young people make informed choices about their futures.

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The Beacon Museum is keen to promote learning both through schools and outside the classroom. While offering the best in local heritage engagement, the team has also branched out to offer a STEAM (STEM + the Arts) learning experience, both through our Sellafield Story exhibition and through collaborating with local science and engineering professionals.

The museum offers a perfect platform for businesses to collaborate in community and schools outreach, allowing them to reach out without the burden of organising such events from the ground up. It offers a bespoke venue for schools to run a heritage/arts learning session that can be added to with content on areas of expertise that are unique to the businesses of West Cumbria. This is where local supply chain and businesses can get involved. From careers and communications skills to vocational subjects and STEM – the team are happy to explore all possibilities on how we can work together. What’s more, the state of the art Beacon Portal provides an ideal community hub set in the centre of Whitehaven. The Beacon Portal is ideal for collaborative and community projects. All proceeds from venue hire go back into the ongoing work of the museum.

Below are some examples of the typical sessions that the museum deliver to over 5000 school children each year. These are based on the National Curriculum and reflect the subjects that schools ask for around heritage and local history.

Activity sessions

Explore the past — Stone Age to Iron Age

Step back in time and discover how early humans lived, learn about human evolution from primitive Homo sapiens through to our Iron Age ancestors.

Norse Settlers — New for 2018

Discover where the Vikings came from and what they looked like. Explore how they navigated across the seas, how they lived and what happened to them.

Toys — old and new (KS1)

Find out about toys from the past and how they differ to those played with today. The activity session involves discovering and looking at a wide range of fascinating Victorian toys and how they compare with toys from the 40s, 50s, 60s through to modern toys.

Wish you were here: A day at the Victorian seaside (KS1)

Let us take you on a journey to learn what a trip to the seaside was like for the Victorians! How have holidays changed?

Keep the home fires burning: World War II (KS2)

What was life like for the people of Copeland during World War II? Find out about rationing, air raids, gas masks, fun and games.

The Romans are coming (KS2)

Beacon Museum staff bring the sights, sounds and smells of ancient Rome into schools. Togas, original artefacts and some very fishy smells will bring the life and times of the Romans alive in your classroom.

Roman armour

Step back in time and discover how early humans lived, learn about human evolution from primitive Homo sapiens through to our Iron Age ancestors.

Washday blues (KS1)

Washday Blues is a hands-on activity session taking children back to the harsh realities of daily domestic life in Victorian times.

Time detectives

Go back in time and explore 19th Century Industrial Whitehaven. Learn what life was like for the working class and find out how they survived without electricity or sanitation.

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The Amphibian & Reptile Conservation help to raise awareness, enhance knowledge and encourage people to take action to make real steps toward conserving our amphibian and reptile species.

They have produced a range of educational materials that you can access directly below or visit here for more information.

Video Lessons

All the lessons are interactive and encourage calling out answers and lots of repetition, so it isn’t necessary to be able to read bigger words to learn. Just press play and leave your learners to it! ARC’s Snakes in the Heather Education Officer, Owain Masters, has put together a video series teaching primary school age children about reptiles. Find out more about this lesson series at https://www.arc-trust.org/news/new-ed…

Lesson 1 - What is a reptile

Level – Curriculum linked for year 1 but suitable for years 2 – 6 as revision

In this video we will compare reptiles to other animals so that we learn about the things that make a reptile a reptile.

Lesson 3 - Where do reptiles live and why?

Level – Curriculum linked for year 2 but suitable for years 3 – 6 as revision

In this video we will learn what a habitat is, the habitats that reptiles live in in the United Kingdom, and why reptiles are suited to these habitats.

Lesson 5 - Grouping Snakes & Lizards

Level – Curriculum linked for year 4 but suitable for years 5 – 6 as revision

In this video we will learn how and why we group living things and how to use classification keys to help us identify reptiles.

Lesson 7 - Why are snakes and lizards the way they are?

Level – Curriculum linked for year 6 but suitable for years 7- 8 as revision

In this video we will learn that reptiles have evolved to suit the habitats they live in (with an example from the UK)

Lesson 2 - Reptiles of the UK

Level – This video is an introduction for years 2 to 6 that needs to be watched before the curriculum linked videos.

In this video we will check we remember what reptiles are and learn the names of the reptiles that live naturally in the United Kingdom and a few bits about them.

Lesson 4 - What do reptiles eat and why?

Level – Curriculum linked for year 3 but suitable for years 4 – 6 as revision

In this video we will learn what is in the diet of snakes and lizards that live in in the United Kingdom and be introduced to what it means to be ‘cold blooded’.

Lesson 6 - The lifecycles of snakes & lizards

Level – Curriculum linked for year 5 but suitable for years 6 – 7 as revision

In this video we will learn about the lifecycles of snakes and lizards using examples from the UK and how these lifecycles are impacted by the seasons

Educational Resources

Amphibian ID Guide

Reptile ID Guide

British Snakes Poster

Dragons in Your Garden

Activity Sheets

Camouflage Game

Children's Activity Pack

Origami Pool Frog

Make a Bouncy Grass Snake

Camouflage Game Answers

Hopping Frogs, Flying Snakes?

Amphibian & Reptile Crossword

Heathland Colouring Sheets

Heathland Habitat Game

Spot the Difference

Rainbow Snake Colouring Sheet

Snake & Toad Tunnels Game

Amphibian & Reptile Word Search

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C-STEM Ltd is working with FIRST LEGO League to deliver the programme aimed at 9 to 14 year olds, which is designed to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable employment and life skills.

Teachers – why FIRST® LEGO® League is perfect for your school – Impact studies show that students gain an increased interest in science and technology by working with FIRST LEGO League (FLL®). FLL does this by providing a practical and engaging way of involving students in the subject areas.

AS A CLASSROOM RESOURCE, FIRST LEGO LEAGUE…

  • Promotes student engagement
  • Allows for differentiation
  • Promotes self-directed learning
  • Encourages hands-on learning
  • Has real-life connections

YOUR STUDENTS WILL DEVELOP AND APPLY THEIR 21ST CENTURY LEARNING SKILLS TO…

  • Identify relevant sources of information using a range of resources
  • Use language and communication skills
  • Understand the scientific method of formulating hypotheses, testing, evaluating and rejecting/confirming hypotheses
  • Work as part of a team

YOUR STUDENTS WILL ALSO DEVELOP AND APPLY THEIR STEM SKILLS TO…

  • Develop, evaluate, and modify their design ideas
  • Learn about the concepts of input, process, and output and the importance of feedback in control systems
  • See how complex systems break down into sub-systems
  • Apply their existing maths knowledge
  • Engage in mathematical discussions of results

Cumbria’s Regional final will be announced shortly.

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Do you want STEM Ambassadors to help some of your science projects?

Schools can find a STEM Ambassador to support their activities via the website

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The BLOODHOUND Project is about so much more than building a World Land Speed Record car. We also want to inspire the next generation to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics. And we want to share our iconic research and development programme with a global audience.

There are many ways in which you can interact with the Project, including visiting the BLOODHOUND Technical Centre (BTC) where we are building the Car and travelling to where the Car will run. Or we can come to visit you!

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With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

The Primary Business Partnership has some contacts who may be able to arrange a regular after-school coding club for your school – contact us if you are interested

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Neon brings together the UK’s best engineering experiences and inspiring careers resources to help teachers bring STEM to life with real-world examples of engineering.

Finding engaging activities to show where engineering is used in the real world can take time. So, they do the hard work for you, curating the most brilliant experiences so you know they are engaging for your students, are linked to up-to-date careers information and highlight real-world applications of engineering.

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Energy Quest is a free schools programme that encourages young people to find out about sustainable energy. The scheme is targeted at KS3 students, aged 11-14.

The first part of the programme is the Energiser Workshop, an interactive workshop facilitated by a STEM expert. The Workshop gives an opportunity for students to explore concepts in physics, design and technology and engineering.

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The British Science Association, with funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is providing grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own science and engineering events.

There are three types of grant:

  • Kick Start grant: a grant of up to £300 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week
  • Kick Start More grant: a grant of up to £700 for your school to host a science event or activity
  • Kick Start Youth grant £150 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week organised by students

You must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have a high proportion (over 30%) of pupils eligible for the pupil premium or equivalent,
  • Have a high proportion (over 30%) of pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds, and/or
  • Be a small school based in a remote and rural location

NOTE: There is a deadline for applications each year so please view the web site for further information

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The scheme is operated by the Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC) which is based at the University of York. The CIEC website offers a range of downloadable materials for teachers of the 4-12 age range.

The Children Challenging Industry scheme encourages the use of industrial contexts to enhance pupils’ experience of Working Scientifically, using real problems from science-based industries.

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Energy Quest is a free schools programme that encourages young people to find out about sustainable energy. The scheme is targeted at KS3 students, aged 11-14.

The first part of the programme is the Energiser Workshop, an interactive workshop facilitated by a STEM expert. The Workshop gives an opportunity for students to explore concepts in physics, design and technology and engineering.

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Sci-Hi Education can bring a large model Hurricane aeroplane to your school for an interactive workshop. They deliver innovative, engaging, interactive workshops for primary school pupils which combine STEM and history to bring the past alive and inspire the workforce of the future.

They have a range of fun, accessible programmes for primary schools, which are fantastic value for money. All involve hands-on work with our 1:3 scale Hawker Hurricane model plane. Alongside this, we have a series of vibrant and engaging STEM and History enrichment activities, designed to help students to understand and absorb elements of the national curriculum.

The star of the show is our wonderfully detailed and highly realistic 1:3 scale Hawker Hurricane. This is our key to delivering engaging and interactive STEM and history educational programmes. The beauty of our model is it comes apart! With 46 different parts to assemble, this beautiful aircraft takes learning to a new level. It encourages curiosity, planning and, most of all, teamwork.

At Sci-Hi Education, we believe in ‘learning by doing. We have designed a host of curriculum-based activities which complement the building of the Hurricane and further enhance the children’s learning.

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Apps for Good provide free courses for teachers to use in their classroom. Their course content helps 10-18 year-olds to build mobile apps and IoT (internet of things) products. Expert volunteers support teachers, inspire students, and offer real-world experience in the classroom.

Students work together in teams to find issues they care about. They go through all key aspects of new product development, from idea generation, technical feasibility and programming to product design, deciding on business models and marketing.

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A comprehensive range of resources aimed at all student ages to help you show and explain what civil engineering is, why it’s important and what you need to do to become a civil engineer. Educational resources available by age group including lesson plans, workshops, nursery rhymes and colouring pages.

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CREST is the British Science Association’s scheme for STEM project work that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers.

It is a nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

CREST gives young people aged 5-19 the chance to choose their own subject and methodology when completing their hands-on investigation.

Their Lockdown Q&A webinars are available on their YouTube channel! 💻 In their  Primary Q&A session, they explain how you can successfully run #CREST Star, SuperStar and Discovery Awards remotely with your pupils.

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Explorify provides free, high-quality science teaching resources aimed at Primary Schools. The materials have been developed by, amongst others, Wellcome, the Science Museum, BBC and the Eden Project. As a school works their way through activities, more are unlocked and, after completing 10 activities, the full range of resources is unlocked. The scheme is very popular with teachers – 98% would recommend it.

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First Edition is the Engineering Development Trust’s programme to help enhance the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) curriculum for young people aged 9 to 16. First Edition days at schools involve ‘hands on’ activities designed to excite and enlighten young people about the potential of STEM subjects. First Edition also provides opportunities for students to visit industry environments and gain a real world view of STEM challenges and careers.

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The Jaguar Primary School Challenge is a STEM competition, open to students aged 6-11 years in teams of between 3 and 6 students. The scheme involves designing and manufacturing the fastest model car possible within a set of rules. The cars are made out of card. Regional Finals are held between March and May for teams to compete in, with the aim of attending the National Final at the British Motor Museum in June.

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The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has an outreach programme. These visits will explore the school grounds with different themes e.g. exploring through the eyes of an animal, hunting for plants and minibeasts. The nearest centre organising these visits is in Newcastle. Visits to local RSPB reserves can also be arranged. The website also offers various resources for schools to download and organise their own wildlife-based activities.

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Phone: 01767 680 551

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The home of our ‘STEM by Stealth’ educational approach to bringing engineering and engineers into primary classrooms and curricula. Inspiring children, pupils and teachers through continued professional development, whole class project work, competitions and exhibitions.

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The Robotics Challenge is a curriculum-linked programme that sees students (11-14s) working together in teams to solve real-world engineering, technology and computing challenges. All training and kit are provided free of charge.

The teams learn how to build, program and control autonomous LEGO robots. The work is carried out over 10 weeks and can be in-school or extra-curricular. Challenge events allow for the teams to compete at both regional and national level.

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Sustainable Learning connects teachers with free learning resources and expert knowledge to inspire children about sustainability through National Curriculum learning.

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All About STEM do amazing things working with schools and businesses to promote exciting and rewarding Science, Technology Engineering and Maths opportunities, inspiring young people right across the North West!

Also during British Science Week (5th – 10th March) they are offering Free Activity Packs, please see link below.

FREE Activity Packs

 

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North West

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Scottish Water have a Educational resources section on their website including –

All About Water

Education Packs

Quizzes and Games

 

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UK

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Leaders Award for STEM; Our free Award provides the unique opportunity to link the professionals of today with the professionals of the future.

 

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UK

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The strategy of the Primary Science Teaching Trust consists of three approaches; supporting award-winning primary science teachers through the Primary Science Teacher College; supporting groups of schools working together through the Cluster Programme; and supporting research and innovation through our Academic Collaborators.

The website offers a wealth of resources to support teaching, learning, assessment and subject leadership in primary science.

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UK

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The theme for the 2021 activity packs is ‘Innovating for the future’

The theme for the British Science Week 2021 activity packs and poster competition is ‘Innovating for the future’. British Science Week are very excited about these packs, which have been created in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Mewburn Ellis and 3M.

Their full activity packs contain lots of activities on this theme and are able to be used at home or in the classroom to reflect the potentially fluid movements around COVID-19 restrictions.

Activity Packs

Celebrating the diverse people and careers in Science & Engineering

Smashing Stereotypes

Get the info now on their 2021 competition

Poster Competition

 

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UK

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This brand new offer brings together virtual video content with Chester Zoo s  online resources to create an educational journey that touches on many areas of the national curriculum.  Designed for upper KS2 and KS3 our programme is adaptable to other age groups.  It can be ran as a 5 week challenge using one day a week to complete the programme or as one 5 day ‘Wild Week’ where you complete every day Mon-Fri.

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UK

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PSTT support for #BritishScienceWeek 2021!
Why not create your own ready-to-go mini science event with one of their Whistlestop Science Weeks?
Whistlestop Science Weeks are ready-made themed daily suggestions for short science activities, questions and challenges that children can do at home or in school. These are completely adaptable and science conversation starters for children, their parents, carers and families.

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Summer Science

This year the Royal Society’s popular Summer Science Exhibition is totally digital.

With a packed programme of inspiring talks, fun science from home activities and exciting digital content, there is something for all ages.

Nineteen research groups from across the UK demonstrate their research through innovative digital experiences, from escape rooms and quizzes to virtual tours and digital games.

Join in here:
https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/

If you’re looking for a great science experiment you’ve come to the right place. Science Sparks is bursting with easy science experiments for kids of all ages.

Discover their fun facts, cool science experiments, FREE science printables, awesome science fair projects and super STEM challenges!

Website: https://www.science-sparks.com/

A large selection of free resources including activities and worksheets.  Several teacher resources are also available.

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The Royal Society of Biology have provided a range of free activity resources covering diverse areas of biology that you can download and use at events, at school or at home.

The resources are grouped according to topic area.

The Royal Society of Biology Free Activity Resources

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory have produced a range of resources covering topic areas such as engineering, science and technology.

Please Note: The grading system is based on the US education system.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory Teacher Resources

You can browse the National History Museum’s range of learning resources, virtual workshops and online activities that can support your teaching.

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