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Code Clubs – After school coding clubs for children aged 9-11

The mission of Code Club is to give every child in the UK the chance to learn to code. It is their aim to have Code Club in 25% of primary schools in the UK by the end of 2015. Teachers or volunteers can  run Code Club after-school at their local  school or community centre. Children attend […]

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Mix Science with ICT and win some once in a lifetime prizes.

January 17th, 2011 by Victoria

Google has partnered with CERN, Lego, National Geographic and Scientific America to create an exciting global science competition- the Google Science Fair. The competition is open to students all over the world who are between the ages of 13 and 18 and runs from 11 January to 4 April 2011.

Whilst the idea of a Science Fair is distinctly American don’t let this put you off. Your students build and submit their project (either alone or in a group of up to 3) entirely online using Google Sites.

Taken from Google Science Fair FAQs

A science project is an in-depth investigation of a scientific question that involves forming a hypothesis, testing your hypothesis with an experiment, making your observations, drawing conclusions and presenting the findings.

While there are different ways to break down the steps of the scientific method, the Google Science Fair asks students to complete the following sections:

  • Project Summary
  • About Me
  • The Question
  • Hypothesis
  • Research
  • Experiment
  • Data
  • Observations
  • Conclusions
  • Works Cited

For further information visit

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Be part of the world’s biggest birdwatch!

January 14th, 2011 by Victoria

Big Schools Birdwatch 24th January- 4th February

The RSPB is hoping that schools nationwide will take part in the 10th annual Birdwatch. This free, fun and simple activity only takes an hour to complete, is rich in curriculum links, and is open to all UK schools and youth groups. It’s also a great way to get to know more about the wildlife visiting your school grounds, or a local park.

To take part is relatively simple, watch birds for a total of one hour, keeping count of how many birds of the same kind you see at any one time. You only need to record the birds actually in your grounds or in the park, not those flying over. Once you have done this submit your results to the RSPB- simple!

The RSPB site also contains a number of resources for teachers from Early Years through to the latest member of the birdwatch family- Really Big Schools’ Birdwatch, which is designed specifically for Key Stage 3. There is a lively community where teachers can share ideas, including a great one to have hot chocolate and biscuits whilst counting!

In addition your pupils could choose to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch on January 29th and 30th. This follows exactly the same format as the school birdwatch with the only difference being that it is done at home. A great way to promote home school links.

To register or find out more visit

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Free KS2 Science & DT resource

October 12th, 2010 by Victoria

Screenshot of the guitar challenge for pupils.

This is the latest in the very popular Young Science Investigators series (see the other resources in the series here: of free teaching resources for 7-11 year olds. YSI: Cool Creations is an online set of materials to teach Science through exciting Design and Technology projects. The materials include skill-builder videos, animations, worksheets, photos and detailed teacher guidance notes – including extensive curriculum and cross-curricular links for Key Stage 2 (KS2) and the Second stage Scottish Curriculum for Excellence.

How can I use Young Science Investigators to enhance teaching and learning?

The short skills builder videos are an excellent way of demonstrating a range of skills such as ‘How to use wire and change its pitch and tension’ when making a guitar.  They can be used with a whole class through the interactive whiteboard to introduce a key idea or as reminder sessions for homework or individual study. Each section is divided into real life visuals, skills builder videos, example images and animations. The animations are particularly useful for prompting planning and suggesting key questions that need to be covered. The resource would work with the whole class or as a topic based approach to homework.

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Design your own animal…

June 11th, 2010 by Victoria

Colour drawing of girl with animal features

On this fantastic site from the New York Zoos and Aquarium you can build yourself as a wild animal. Choose headgear, ears, facial features and so forth to turn your character into a very mixed up animal! Once you have completed your new animal you get a list of each of the attributes and some key facts about them. You can also print a full colour copy of your new creature. A great site for looking at animals and their different features.

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Young Science Investigators: Online experiments

April 27th, 2010 by Victoria

The BP Educational Service has created 12 free step-by-step online Science experiments for 7-11s to help pupils develop investigative skills. Each experiment includes two levels of difficulty, audio hints and tips for differentiation, photos and film clips of real-world science and includes teachers notes and curriculum links.

You do need to register to use the site but it’s completely free.

Experiments can be completed for the following topics:

  • electricity
  • energy and life processes
  • protecting the environment
  • living things in their environment
  • micro-organisms
  • rocks
  • materials
  • forces and friction
  • energy

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NEN Science Resources – KS4

November 10th, 2008 by Andrew

A list of current NEN resources for KS4 Science –

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NEN Science Resources – KS3

November 10th, 2008 by Andrew

A list of current NEN resources for KS3 Science –

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NEN Science Resources – KS2

November 10th, 2008 by Andrew

A list of current NEN resources for KS2 Science –

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NEN Science Resources – KS1

November 10th, 2008 by Andrew

A list of current NEN resources for KS1 Science –

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NEN Science Resource 14-19/Further Education

November 9th, 2008 by Andrew

A list of current NEN resources for 14-19 Science –

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