STEM subjects are intrinsically creative – letting kids use their own curiosity&ideas leads to some amazing outcomes!
The Snap Science programme has been designed to cover the new primary science curriculum with enquiry, exploration, investigation and true progression at it’s core. Every lesson is already differentiated and the lessons aim to make challenging concepts meaningful for students. At £100 a Year Group it’s affordable enough but to check out the kind of resources and ideas that are presented Collins Connect have made the Year 3 – Plants module available here Collins Connect – free primary teaching resources. Being a plant biologist, I like the way they are approaching the topic in a questions based way. What is this for? Are all roots the same? Why are petals different colours? This is in stark contrast to the labelling parts of a plant on a worksheet which I have seen way too often in the primary clas
sroom. There is also a lot of scope to develop child-led investigations out of the lessons and easy to put in different types of enquiry in experiments such as pattern seeking and classification. See what you think!
Stefan Gates is famous for Gastronaut Live: food, science and adventure shows that are staged at major events, food and science festivals, theaters and schools across the UK. I saw him most recent show at The Big Bang Fair UK 2015 and was hugely entertained throughout. Some of the children who I brought along were so inspired that they introduced some of his fun demos into a mini lecture for school!
Timstar have been given access to a range of exhilarating science demo worksheets, videos and much more from Stephan. There are lots of ideas to show you how to inspire people with fascinating food science. Over the next few months videos accompanied by demo worksheets, non-video demo worksheets and features will be published. Keep a look out for updated content right on this page.
Working in primary science it’s very important to recommend products and equipment that is readily available and accessible to a primary teacher. That means unless there is a super friendly secondary school lab technician nearby, a lot of primary science experiments are resourced from the cupboards, under the sink, in the garden shed, and in the fridge. Now that opens up a whole world of kitchen chemistry which can be just as fascinating as reactions and investigations using chemicals from a “real” lab.
So, I was thrilled to find this infographic on twitter. The chart summarises the reactions and products of 16 cheap household chemicals. It was made by James Kennedy of this blog and you can also find lots more cool infographics there! Please read disclaimers and warnings before use!