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Can Girls Be Astronauts?

children stood around an astronauts helmet.

Why it is that young women themselves believe there are barriers to stop females entering into the world of space exploration? More importantly, what can we do to break these barriers down?

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Festive Science Ideas

Colourful cutouts, pens and paints in a kindergarden

Here are some ideas to help you capture interest by creating festive fun opportunities for science enquiry. These activities should tease out children’s current understanding of the big ideas in science but also provide the means to scaffold and develop more secure understanding. I have created a number of different types of enquiry prompts, based within a festive context, for pupils to address in small groups at their own pace.

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Digestion: Making Poo with Dr. Trew

A cartoon stomach holding greens and an avocado

All children know that something happens inside them to the food that they eat, but what? The English National Curriculum states that children should be able to ‘describe the simple functions of the digestive system in humans’. There is little guidance on how children will acquire this knowledge. Primary schools do not have the expensive models that some secondary schools have. Consequently, children are often introduced to this exciting part of biology through two dimensional photographs and film. It need not be a flat process. With a funnel, a pair of old tights and a few items from your kitchen you can make digestion a very visual, smelly and memorable experience.

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Museums for Making More of Science

Family doing a physical experiment in laboratory

Do we make the most of the wonderful museums that we have in this country? Many are free and offer us an enormous range of collections to view, films to watch, models to touch, interactive displays, models with buttons to press, and more recently there are interactive digital screens that allow us to walk through a virtual world created by CGI. In the reign of Queen Victoria, some of the most impressive free-to-access museums were created for the benefit of the public and they are still there for us today.

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All this talk!

Group talk and discussion

How often do we ask the children to stop talking? I know I ask it a lot. But in my defence, I ask them to talk a lot too because talking is vital for thinking.

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Why is Lego pink?

Lego block (including pink ones)

The number of girls and young women pursuing many STEM subjects is lower than that of their male counterparts. It is the same in many developed countries but the UK has a particularly low representation of women in science-related careers. Industries and colleges have set up initiatives to attract women to STEM roles and some of these involve links with schools, both secondary and some primary, but many factors affect a child’s attitude towards science and engineering. This article considers some of these, including the impact of pink Lego.

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Teaching Science Through Stories

We are hardwired for stories. We tell them all the time: we tell the stories of our day, the stories of our disasters, stories to surprise and delight and stories to generate empathy and help from others.

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Enjoying a Snow Day (or two)

How often do we, as teachers, make the most of unusual circumstances to provide exciting learning opportunities for our classes? Hopefully, the answer is ‘whenever these opportunities present themselves’ but all too often the pressures of time, the drive for results, curriculum restrictions or an unexpected visit seem to prevent teachers from seeing the potential in seizing the moment, abandoning plans and going a little ‘off piste’.

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Getting closer to nature – or back to the iPad.

playing outdoors

The prospect of longer days and warmer weather inevitably makes us all think of being outdoors. But the reality for many children today is that they will be staying indoors and connecting with friends through social media instead. Last September, Eureka! attended the Natural Childhood Summit, organised by The National Trust in response to its Natural Childhood Inquiry.

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