Science

03 Aug 2016

Making a Simple Dichotomous Key

This fun activity for KS1 children to make a dichotomous key for their friends to use is an interesting way to introduce the concept of classification of living things. It can also be extended for KS2 by applying these principles to real living things found in an outdoor environment using […]

17 Jun 2016

Moon Buggies: STEM for EYFS

This fun STEM activity for early years and reception children gives provides lots of opportunities for communication and experiment as well as learning about the the surface of the moon and designing their own moon buggy. You will need… KiD K’NeX Vehicles Kit A large floor space A ramp – […]

06 Jun 2016

STEM Activity: Investigating Gea...

This fun STEM activity to create a crank fan and experiment with different gear ratios and colours will help lower KS2 children to gain a better understanding of how gears work and apply their learning to an engineering project. Resources for this STEM Activity K’NEX Intro to Simple Machines: Gears […]

16 May 2016

Exploring Orbit with Movement: A...

This fun activity uses movement to help children to understand how the moon and earth move in relation to the sun. Whilst it links particularly well to the curriculum for KS2, it is also a great learning opportunity for children of all ages particularly those working on a space topic. What is orbit? […]

21 Apr 2016

Citizen Science for Schools: 5 W...

Citizen science is a great way for children to get inspired by getting involved in providing data for real scientific projects giving some great benefits to both the children and the organisations involved. The benefits for children can be far reaching and include spending more time outdoors, a better understanding […]

17 Mar 2016

Measuring Shadows: Telling Time ...

  Did you know that the Romans used the position of the sun and the length of shadows to estimate the time of day? This fun investigation is a good way for children to learn about Romans, light, shadows and the movement of the earth in relation to the sun. It […]

24 Feb 2016

Blowing up Balloons: Exploring C...

Blowing up a balloon with effervescent vitamin tablets or popping candy is a fantastic, visual and fun way to introduce the concept of chemical and physical reactions, and irreversible changes to children. These substances release a gas ( carbon dioxide ) when they are placed in water. The carbon dioxide cannot […]

24 Feb 2016

Easter Egg Rolling Science

Egg rolling is a traditional activity, enjoyed across many cultures around the world. At Easter time, it is a fun way to explore these cultural traditions, while also developing understanding of friction and gravity. This simple experiment is great for encouraging good scientific practice while exploring two important scientific concepts. For […]

19 Feb 2016

Sweetie House: A Sugary STEM Act...

A house made from sweets is an inviting, hands-on, irresistible learning experience for children (both EYFS and KS1), and a great STEM activity for starting to think about scientific investigation skills, planning, working as a team and engaging in an iterative process of designing and making.. The children need to […]

17 Feb 2016

Sweet Shop Science: Chocolate De...

Coloured sugar-coated chocolates are great for exploring changes in water density. As well as being fun and tasty, they can be used to understand many naturally occurring phenomena, including the ocean currents. This experiment can be performed by a wide range of age and ability groups, with the science behind […]