The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Science is a very hands on subject, with a vast array of practical investigations from melting and freezing materials to creating slime, applying knowledge of forces to create and launch bottle rockets and thinking about the world around us by exploring habitats. Science is a subject that stimulates and excites pupils' curiosity about the world around them.
Here are some wonderful resources and websites for you to explore with your children whilst we are home learning. Please look carefully at the age group the activities are designed for to match your child's age, stage and ability.
PSTT Science Fun At Home (https://pstt.org.uk/resources/curriculum-materials/Science-Fun-at-Home)
PSTT Science At Work (https://pstt.org.uk/resources/curriculum-materials/Science-at-Work)
For general support for teaching science under the new circumstances...
- Explorify, https://explorify.wellcome.ac.uk/: Most Explorify activities only need the internet and an IWB, they are engaging, high quality and discussion/enquiry based. Instead of paired/group discussions children could be encouraged think on their own and then share their ideas in a whole class discussion. The 'what's happening' section contains lots of videos of scientific experiments/demos that you may no longer be able to do. The 'problem solvers' and 'mission survive' sections provide lots of ideas for projects that children could complete individually.
- Reach Out Reporter, https://www.reachoutreporter.com/: Although Reach Out Reporter is not being updated at the moment all previous news reports can be found alongside lots of great science information videos (more of these can be found on the
- Twig Education YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/twigeducation?sub_confirmation=1).
- PhET Interactive Simulations, https://phet.colorado.edu/: These are great simulations which are freely available. I've attached a document with links to the primary applicable ones.
Healthy Young Minds
Healthy Young Minds is a STEM-themed initiative that aims to inspire children and beat the home-schooling blues. Download the fun, creative challenges for your children to complete and submit to be in for the chance of winning an e-prize. Don't miss out, submit your entries before judging closes in June. Last year’s entries impressed the likes of Dyson and Alzheimer’s Research UK! To learn more, or to get involved and download the challenges please visit the website at https://www.healthy-young-minds.com/.
Centre for Industry Education Collaboration - new resources
CIEC are producing activities for parents/children, on our new IndusTRY AT HOME page, http://ciec.org.uk/industry-at-home.html, with fortnightly activities being published, plus a monthly blog for teachers.
Endeavour from Kew Gardens
Endeavour is the free online learning platform from Kew Gardens, full of teaching resources for Key Stage 1- 5. Plan a plant hunter expedition, investigate plants used in medicine and explore habitats under threat. https://www.kew.org/learning/endeavour
The Natural History Musuem
There are some very practical and engaging learning opportunities for pupils from making dinosaur feet to creating bird feeders. https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/try-this-at-home.html