STEM Curriculum Resources - KS3

 


SCIENCE RESOURCES

  • Thames Valley Berkshire LEP have realeased their Skills Priority Statement for 2016. This is attached and is available to download here: http://bit.ly/2hCQD7W They have also created a  presentation for easy reading. It can be found here
  • A series of KS3 STEM modules have been developed through University Learning in Schools (ULiS). ULiS paired teachers with PhD researchers to create 7 modules across the STEM range to develop teachers' subject knowledge and improve pupil outcomes. The modules can be found on a dedicated ULiS microsite at http://tinyurl.com/ULiSKs3
  • Our Planet is an educational resource that connects school learning and real world issues to explore the topical themes of renewable energy, climate change and the environment. It is deigned by teachers and the Low Carbon Partnership. There is a completely new package for key stages 1 to 4 that provides educational materials on renewable energy resources: what they are, how they work and why we need them.  
  • The Nuffield Foundation have an excellent website with information on thier education projects and free teaching resources. Read more here.
  • Practical Action have released new resources that help pupils make the link between science and poverty reduction. Each unit focuses on practical, enquiry based learning and has comprehensive teacher notes, pupil worksheets, PowerPoints and links to secondary sources of materials. The Meal Deal (KS3) investigates cooking and testing food, the efficiency of fuels, and the impact of smoke on health. Wild Weather (KS3) fcuses on looking at how science can be used to mitigate against the impact of flooding and drought cause by climate change. Resources can be downloaded from www.practicalaction.org/make-the-link  
  • Natural Selection Learning provide memorable educational experiences, by bringing natural history specimens to your classroom or group. With a selection of hands-on workshops covering key scientific themes, pupils have the chance to examine insects, fossils, bones and other objects up close.  www.naturalselectionlearning.co.uk
  • The National STEM Centre's elibrary contains a wealth of resources to support delivery of the STEM curriculum. Visit their website. They have recently added 35 films from TWIG World to the eLibrary covering areas of the curriculum such as plant biology, oil products, volcanoes and space science. They have also put together a new collection of the very best mathematics resources for you to access - conveniently arranged around topics to support the teaching and learning of the new mathematics curriculum.Take a look!
  • The Smallpeice Trust is an independent educational charity that runs hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities and exciting engineering courses for pupils in Years 6-12. They also deliver Teacher Training Days to bring STEM to life in the classroom. See the website for more details on STEM Clubs and in-school STEM days.
  • Schools Online has all the resources you need to bring the world into your classroom. Visit their website for more information.Visit the British Council's website for more information.
  • The Royal Society's website contains curriculum-linked science teaching resources based on the work of scientists connected with the Royal Society. Visit the Royal Society website
  • Young Engineers are running an Energy Quest, a two part STEM engagement for Year 8 and 9. For more information please click here.  
  • The Crunch from the Welcome Trust is a year of free activities, experiences and discussions about food, health and the planet. Find out more!

 

MATHS RESOURCES

  • The Virtual Textbook. Designed for use on an interactive whiteboard, these mathematical resources aid the teaching and learning of a variety of topics. Read more >>
  • The Access Maths collection contains ten resources each containing an engaging activity for secondary mathematics students.
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  • BBC Children in Need and Lloyds Bank have joined forces to create Champions of Change, a unique education initiative tailored for early years, primary and secondary schools, allowing young people to take the lead in fundraising. Champions of Change will enable young people to plan and run their own fundraising activities – developing their literacy, numeracy, communication and teamwork skills in a motivating, real-life context. High-quality resources will be available from September to help deliver the programme. To find out more and to request a free, limited edition schools rewards kit please visit:https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/championsofchange
  • Churchill Maths produces materials for use in the teaching and learning of Mathematics.
  • Bowland Maths aims to make maths engaging and relevant to pupils aged 11-14, with a focus on developing thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills. Visit their website for free resources.

 

PHYSICS RESOURCES

  • The Principia website has a large range of resources to coincide with Tim Peake's mission to the ISS. Activities include fitness challenges, a national seed-growing programme, space-themed literature, quizzing the people behind Tim’s mission, astronaut photographs of Earth from space, fun and exciting interactive shows in science centres around the UK, a film-making competition, designing a meal fit for an astronaut, programming a computer on the ISS and programming robots for a competition inside the ISS. There are free downloadable education resources to support all these activities. 
  • Exoplanet Physics. This collection was developed to help bring this new and exciting area of research into the classroom. It consists of five practical activities matched to the 11-14 curriculum.
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  • With the International Year of Light well underway, Science Specialist Karen Hornby has been having a look at some of the great activities available for teaching this fascinating topic. Read more >>
  • Astro-Pi ResourcesThis collection of teacher guides and resources, for primary and secondary schools and beyond, assists the teaching of background knowledge that will help entrants to be creative and solve real-world problems. Dave Gibbs, Computing and Technology Specialist, has some top tips to get you inspired for the Astro Pi competition.
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  • Get inspired by Tim Peake. ESERO-UK has created space-themed packages with resources for ages 5 to post-16. Visit the ESERO Webpage. The European Space Education Resource Office also has a number of inspiring training days for secondary teachers. See the website for more details.
  • The STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), near Didcot in Oxfordshire, is home to many of the UK’s most advanced research facilities and supports work in a range of areas including space science and astronomy, particle physics, nanotechnology and developing new materials. See their website to find out about their exciting work with schools.
  • Why not take a look at Zooniverse? The Zooniverse project includes excellent resources ready for teachers to use in classrooms. It also aims to enlist support from students in analysing astronomical data. This scheme generates amazing potential for education and provides an excellent resource for enquiry-based learning within the classroom or at home. New projects are running live all the time.

 

COMPUTING RESOURCES

  • The BBC has unveiled the BBC micro:bit, a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology, which is to be given free to every child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK. A lesson guide is available to enable students and teachers to start using the BBC micro:bit website and create a simple program in block editor. Click here for the free resource
  • Quick Start Computing is a CPD toolkit to help deliver inspiring computing lessons in primary and secondary schools. Click here to view and download the resources.
  • CS Unplugged is a fantastic collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around. It is suitable for all ages.
  • New computing resources available on STEM Networking from the Tata Consultancy Services. Check out the resources on SpreadsheetsDatabases and Decision-Making.
  • Kideville, is a collaborative city design project for children, with a full curriculum for teachers. Each student gets a design brief for a building, and they are guided through a term-long process of research, ideation, sketching, urban planning, 3D design and printing.
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BIOLOGY RESOURCES 

  • Biology: Changing the World celebrates the eminent and sometimes unsung ‘heroes’ of biology from the past.  There is a website of profiles and a free app to download, available in the apple and android stores, which use your location to show the great biologists who lived and worked nearby. 

 

ENGINEERING RESOURCES

  • Young Engineers have a variety of resources available to KS3 pupils. The Making Knexions loan kit scheme is an easy way to involve students (suitable for ages 9 – 14) in an exciting cross-curricular design and build theme-led STEM activity that helps students to work together, be supportive and respect each others’ strengths. The loan kits are tailor made for each activity and include all the equipment needed including a fully supportive Teachers Education Pack with printable materials. Generous Tomorrow’s Engineers sponsorship currently allows us to provide the loan kits completely free to non-fee paying schools, with independents covering the courier fees. Click here for more information. The Energy Quest Programme is a free science based activity for state supported secondary schools. The activity is aimed at Year 8 and Year 9 students and offers a 3 hour science and curriculum led interaction. In addition, schools are gifted with The Pod, a free Science resource worth over £200. The resource is given to the schools so that additional students can benefit from the programme. Further information can be found on the Energy Quest page.
  • Sensing Our World Resources. The joy and challenge of building ‘cheap and cheerful’ sensors has a wide appeal to adults as well as children. It also opens a wide number of links to aspects of the mathematics, science, computing, design and technology, and engineering curricula, supporting scientific investigation and discovery.Read more >>
  • Design the Future: Free software to inspire the next generation of designers, innovators and creators. Register to access free professional 3D design software and creativity apps
  • Science Made Simple, an award winning science communication company carry out subsidised engineering show days in the South East. Visit the Science Made Simple Website for more info.
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering has created some resources primarily for KS3 to engage students with STEM subjects in an engineering context.
  • Bloodhound Project App. Explore the history of the World Land Speed Record, learn about the Team members who designed and built the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car, and the science and engineering that makes it go! Available for both ios and Android devices.

    Kideville, is a collaborative city design project for children, with a full curriculum for teachers. Each student gets a design brief for a building, and they are guided through a term-long process of research, ideation, sketching, urban planning, 3D design and printing.