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Teachers

The resources listed within each of the subcategories below are aimed specifically at teachers. They provide a mixture of lesson plans, activities, games and more to promote discussion in the classroom. In addition, please see the 'Are you a teacher or parent?' section below some of the resources for supplementary notes on key terminology and related activities.

A-Z Animals

An online animal encyclopaedia.

The Barn Owl Trust

Clear information together with great lesson plans and worksheets which cover multiple topics in the curriculum. There is also a great activity on dissecting an Owl pellet.

Earthwatch Institute

The Earthwatch Institute provides lots of free (and some paid for) opportunities for teachers to engage students in outdoor science and citizen science projects and provide lots of great resources to help you deliver inspiring lessons on the natural world. Sign up (free) is required to access the materials.

e-Bug

Resources to teach students about microorganisms and the spread, prevention and treatment of infection.

Eden Project Lesson Plans

Curriculum linked lesson plans provided by the eden project.

Encounter Edu

A collection of top quality resources on ocean environments (coral reefs, Arctic and Antarctic), providing lesson plans, activity sheets, amazi$

Farmer Time

Free fortnightly video calls between farmers and classrooms. Children regularly chat live to their matched farmer from their classrooms through FaceTime or Skype

The Great Bug Hunt

Annual competition from the Royal Entomological Society (RES) and the Association for Science Education (ASE).

The Great Plant Hunt

Activities about the natural world for the full range of primary ages.

Kew Endeavour:

Bringing Kew to your classroom through videos, fun infographics and presentations on plant science and the environment.

The Linnean Society of London

Discovery kits, fact sheets and posters covering the topics of classification, life cycles, plants, habitats and the most important scientists contributing to the field.

NFU Education

STEM teaching resources and projects, including ‘Farmvention’ challenges and ‘Farming STEMterprise’, bringing science and DT to life.

One Zoom

An interactive phylogenetic tree showing the evolutionary relationships between biological species on Earth.

Royal Horticultural Society

Support and resources for lots of plant-related activity!!

Royal Meteorological Society

Activity ideas for both inside the classroom and outside in the field. Also provided are instructions for experiments and useful links to support the teaching of weather and climate.

Royal Microscopical Society

Borrow 8 microscopes for your classroom and give your students some hands-on experience looking into the hidden microscopic world! These free kits come with activity sheets, samples and teachers notes.

Royal Society of Biology

A broad range of resources covering diverse subjects in biology.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

A range of activities and supporting resources to engage student with wildlife. The RSPB also offer an outreach programme, experts visit the school to show students just what can be found in your school grounds.

Step into the NHS for primary schools

ready-made lesson plans and how to introduce meaningful careers-related learning to your pupils.

Science & Plants for Schools

Teaching resources to cover plant science in primary school, also includes hints and tips to help bring the subject alive in the classroom.

Trees for cities

Resources include curriculum guides, lesson plans, ‘How To’ guides and crop guides to support cross-curricular ‘teaching through growing’ in primary schools.

Woodland Trust Nature Detectives

Free activities and learning aids that encourage children to embrace the natural wrld oaround them.

Woodland Trust Nature's Calendar

The longest written biological record of seasonal changes in plants and animals throughout the UK.

World Wildlife Fund Tiger Toolkit

The tiger toolkit provides a resource guide and six activities around this iconic species, the threats they face, and what we can do to protect tigers for generations to come. This resource includes lots of background information and ideas for teachers plus STEAM, reading, writing and PE activity ideas. Aimed at US Grades 3-5, UK 4-6 but adaptable for other year groups.

Code

Long and short coding courses suitable for all KS1 and KS2 ages.

Kodable

Bring coding education into the classroom with these easy-to-follow lessons, tutorials and gamified practice.

Scratch - Educators

Scratch is a free computer programming language which can be used to make animations, stories, games and more. This section for educators provides tutorials and activity ideas to support the teaching of computer science in primary schools.

ScratchJr

Support for teachers using ‘ScrarchJr coding for young children’ apps.

RSC Learn Chemistry

Online experiments and activities plus ideas for linking science into other topics taught in the classroom.

Warwick Chemistry

12 fun but simple experiments to share with your class, each comes with a video demonstration and printable instructions.

BBC Teach - Year of Engineering

BBC Teach has put together a collection of free, curriculum-mapped resources from around the BBC to inspire pupils and increase their understanding of what engineers do. The resources cover Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Design and Technology and Computer Science. This collection is suitable for teaching pupils aged 7-14. Content will be added throughout the year.

Bitz and Bob

Preschool animation series introducing children to principles of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) through eight-year-old inventor Bitz and her younger brother Bob. Ideal for EYFS children.

Dynamic Labs

Learning resources covering the subjects of sound, light and matter. These activities are perfect for interactive whiteboards, iPads and tablets.

EDF Energy Education

Videos, posters, worksheets, activities, games and lesson plans to cover a range of environmental topics.

E.ON Energise Anything

Animations and activities on energy-related topics for both inside the classroom and at home.

James Dyson Foundation

Engineering ideas, challenges and resources. An Ideas Box Kit can be loaned for 6 weeks to teach engineering (with links to English, Maths and enterprise). ‘Quick challenges’ offer 44 further downloadable hands-on STEM activities.

Marvin and Milo

With this simple experiment students get to make a stream of slime and learn about electrostatics in the process.

Marvin and Milo (Welsh version)

With this simple experiment students get to make a stream of slime and learn about electrostatics in the process.

NASA Space Station Videos

Looking for relevant and up to date news about what’s happening on the International Space Station? Nasa creates a weekly news bulletin, Space to Ground’ providing updates on activity on the ISS. The video clips are all accessible and form a great resource for discussion, starter activity or to generate questions, and these also make great prompts/ideas for writing tasks.

European Space Education Resource Office

A range of resource types to teach students about space.

The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Primary STEM resources

Free teaching resources and classroom activities for students aged 4-11 years including posters and certificates. Also provides events, challenges days (some free, others have costs involved, e.g. Lego Leagues), competitions, career information and inspiration and STEM Ambassadors.

The Ogden Trust

Guides, ideas and courses to help bring physics into the primary classroom.

Primary Engineer

Courses and competitions to support and encourage the teaching of engineering, problem solving and programming in schools.

Principia Space Diary

Originally a project to follow the mission, further resources and follow-up activities have been added. Contains lessons plans, teaching materials, games and other activities.

Royal Academy of Engineering - Aiming for Awesome

10 KS2 activities which encourage students to apply skills they have learnt across all the STEM subjects. These challenges incorporate different aspects of RAF history such as aircraft design, speed and logistics.

SEERIH Tinkering-for-Learning

A place where you can explore how to encourage engineering in primary schools.

Spacelink - Learning through Space

Free to access teaching materials, facts and CPD opportunities relating to space.

Unlimited Space Agency

A great selection of materials to inspire children about space and engineering, including podcasts, videos and activities.

1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions raises awareness of the creative golden age of Muslim civilisation. They have created books, teachers’ guides, activity sheets and learning games to spark interest in science while promoting intercultural dialogue, social cohesion and mutual respect.

American Chemical Society

A large collection of hands-on activities to cover the KS2 science curriculum.

The Association for Science Education (ASE)

The largest subject association in the UK, The ASE provides support for teachers of science at all levels, from pre-school to higher education.

BBC Bitesize

Educational videos covering the KS1 and KS2 subjects with online activities to follow up with.

BBC Live Lessons

A selection of lively lessons exploring different subjects of the primary science curriculum. The shows are presented by members of the CBBC team and experts in the fields and come with activity sheets for students to complete throughout the screening.

Big Picture

A vast range of resources around bioscience for all ages.

BP Education

Free science resources for teachers to use with children in both KS1 and KS2. This website also provides D&T and Geography resources.

British Science Week

An annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. Support for teachers includes activity packs for early years, primary and secondary. Previous years’ packs are available.

CBBC Newsround

Topics can be used as a stimulus for discussion in the classroom.

Centre for Industry Education Collaboration

Lots of topic-based science lesson plans promoting scientific enquiry in real industrial context. Specific activities to suit various age groups (5-7, 7-9. 9-11).

CREST Awards

Engage your students in these STEM-based challenges and they can gain a CREST Award. The student-led activities can help install confidence for the transition from primary to secondary levels by encouraging communication, teamwork and creativity to solve a problem.

Discovery Education

Ideas and clips to bring VR into the classroom and take students to a whole new immersive level of learning!

DOGO news

News articles to spark discussion in your science lessons.

The Wellcome Trust's Explorify

Engaging activities to get your students thinking like scientists. Start off with just a few and unlock more!

The Geological Society

Presentations, lesson plans, activity sheets, and posters to cover all aspects of Earth science in the KS2 curriculum.

Great Science Share for Schools

Annual campaign for young people to share their scientific questions with new audiences, with resources for teachers to inspire questioning.

Jurassic Coast Trust

Home learning activities to help children’s educational experiences at home, including activity ideas and fact sheets.

National Geographic Kids

A vast collection of activity pages to print out for pupils.

PLAN assessment

Resources to support the planning and assessment of the science National Curriculum for England.

Planet Science

Resources, articles and activities for Key Stage 2.

Practical Action

STEM teaching resource which embed global issues into hands-on problem solving STEM challenges such as Ditch the Dirt and Stop the Spread. All come with teachers notes, pupil worksheets, PowerPoints, posters and certificates.

Primary Science Quality Mark

An award programme to develop all aspects of science teaching and learning in your school. By taking part you get access to a number of great PSQM resources.

Primary Science Teaching Trust

A collection of CPD units to improve the confidence and competence of teachers, and curriculum materials to engage students in the classroom.

Reach Out CPD

Free online CPD developed by Imperial College, London in partnership with Tigtag Science.

Reach Out Reporter

Integrate topical science stories into your classroom with these videos, articles, fact packs and activities.

The Royal Institution

Lots of fun experiments that use only common household objects. Each hands-on activity is presented as a short film and accompanied by an information sheet, certificates and badges for completing the experiments.

The Royal Institution - L'Oreal Young Scientist Centre

L'Oreal Young Scientist Centre is a laboratory at the Royal Institution that offers workshops for students to explore all aspects of science. This webpage suggests some similar activities you can try in your classroom.

Royal Society - Brian Cox Experiments

Video resources for 6 classroom experiments to spark curiosity in your students.

School Science

Links to resources that support the teaching of different topics within the science curriculum. Also provided are links to fun quizzes, activities and events.

School Science - Why you’ll never catch smallpox

An award-winning set of cross-curricular resources for pupils aged 9-11 focussing on Edward Jenner’s development of the smallpox vaccination.

Science Museum

Creative ideas for introducing important science concepts into your classroom and helpful guides for school visits to the museum.

Science Sparks

Fun biology, chemistry, physics and engineering activities for the classroom and home. Also available as an app.

Scientific American

Fun science experiments to incorporate into the classroom. These activities cover a wide range of topics and are all designed to take no longer than half an hour.

SEERIH EnquiringScience4All

Provides downloadable resources to visually engage children, as well as teacher resources to support teaching planning and discussions with colleagues.

SEERIH science4families

Offers primary teachers and families activity ideas for how to learn science together, in engaging, fun and inspirational way.

STEM Learning

A wealth of supporting resources and CPD opportunities for primary teachers.

BBC Terrific Scientific

Investigations the whole class can complete, this website provides lesson plans, student handouts, instructional videos and additional links to support the lesson.

Topical Science Updates

Information about the latest science news and links to resources, videos and websites to support the discussion of these topics in your classroom.

University of Edinburgh Centre for Research in Digital Education

STEAM Charades: Covid19 is a pack of 30 cards for Primary School Teachers to help children discuss, learn, and share experiences of the coronavirus pandemic in a safe, fun and educational way.

Whizz Pop Bang

A science magazine full of fun facts, puzzles, news, experiments and interviews.Please note this is a commercial resource with subscription costs.

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If you would like us to consider a resource for the site, please contact us by emailing primaryscience@learnsci.co.uk.