STEM Curriculum Resources - Primary
15,000 schoolchildren invited to write and draw their way into space with British ESA astronaut Tim Peake. As Tim lifts off, school students will follow his mission by creating a personalised log book, the Principia Mission Space Diary. Schools wanting to get involved, the website is now open for sign-ups and all primary schools in the UK are invited to register at principiaspacediary.org to receive free copies.
- 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.
The Primary upd8 website has activities for 5-11 year olds which use topical events to create uniquely engaging science lessons.
- An A to Z of Primary Science. This booklet aims to provide a starting point for reflection and discussion on issues in primary science education. It has been produced to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original Active Teaching and Learning Project. Read more >>
- 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 >>
- Teach the primary science curriculum with confidence. Reach Out is a website with free online CPD resources for teachers, developed by Imperial College London. See their website for more information.
- The Nuffield Foundation have an excellent website with information on thier education projects and free teaching resources. Read more here.
- 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 designed 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.
- 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. Water!Water! (KS2) looks at why we need clean water, global access to water and how it can be cleaned. Resources can be downloaded from www.practicalaction.org/make-the-link
- The primary science and mathematics areas on the National STEM Centre website include a resource list for all topics of study for Key Stages One and Two for Maths and Science.
- We were all captivated by the Rosetta spacecraft and the Philae probe. Use these fantastic resources to explore more about the mission, gravity and spacecraft design. Read more
- The 'Biology Changing The World' resource aimed at primary level, links to the topics of rocks and soils, evolution and the identification and classification of plants and animals. It tells the story of three great biologists: Mary Anning, C B Williams and Beatrix Potter.
- Get inspired by Tim Peake. ESERO-UK has created space-themed packages with resources for ages 5 to post-16. Visit the ESERO Webpage. Have you applied for the Tim Peake Primary Project yet? Register today to connect your school with British astronaut Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station. Schools can also apply for grants of £500-£1000 to support projects associated with the mission.
- 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.
- 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 Institution have a range of cheap and easy experrments that can be done with children aged 4-10 at school or home. See the website for more details
- Young Engineers operate a Making Knexions loan kit scheme which 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
- Join in with the celebrations of National Women in Engineering Day and enter a drawing competition. Children aged 3-7 are invited to simply draw, crayon or paint an engineer on A4 paper and email a good quality photo of their submission to email@example.com with the subject line: NWED COMPETITION ENTRY. Deadline is 7th July.
- 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 Hamilton Trust has produced a set of planning documents and resources which ensure continuity and progression of mathematics-based skills throughout the primary years one to six.Read more >>
- 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
- The Mathematical Association offers a variety of support for primary teachers and primary schools. Each year they run the Primary Maths Challenge, which attracts schools from across the country and their 'Primary Mathematics' journal is published termly and is the leading journal of its type. It offers readers a mixture of theory and practice as well as ideas for instant classroom use.
- The Barefoot Computing project is about providing free high quality resources to help Primary school teachers with the computer science elements of the new computing curriculum. To register with Barefoot, access the free resources and find out more about workshops running in your area, go to www.barefootcas.org.uk
- Python for KS2 is a short scheme of work, from Jon Chippindall, introduces upper-primary children to text-based programming using Python. It assumes some previous experience of visual programming using Scratch, Kodu or similar, and will provide the skills and knowledge needed to write short programs. Resources are available on the National STEM Centre website,
- 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.
- Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. Read More
- 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.
- 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.