Materials and properties

  • Are you looking for activities that will engage your children aged 5-16 years whilst they are learning at home?  We’ve pulled together our top learning at home resources that we hope will inspire you and your children during the lockdown period.
    Practical Action home learning resources
    Are you looking for activities that will engage your children aged 5-16 years whilst they are learning at home? We’ve pulled together our top learning at home resources that we hope will inspire you and your children during the lockdown period.
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  • The British Psychological Society has published new guidance to support education professionals to meet the psychological needs of children as they plan for their return to school during the Coronavirus crisis.
    BPS Back to School Guidance
    The British Psychological Society has published new guidance to support education professionals to meet the psychological needs of children as they plan for their return to school during the Coronavirus crisis.
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  • It looks at the importance and impact of role models on the next generation by profiling STEM professionals. The campaign looks at what their influences were as children and how this shaped them into the individuals they are today.
    Look At Me Now campaign
    It looks at the importance and impact of role models on the next generation by profiling STEM professionals. The campaign looks at what their influences were as children and how this shaped them into the individuals they are today.
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  • Teaming up with EatFarmNow, #LockdownLearning brings the world of food and farming and the joy of being out on the farm and in the countryside to the comfort of your own home during the current lockdown.
    NFU educational resources
    Teaming up with EatFarmNow, #LockdownLearning brings the world of food and farming and the joy of being out on the farm and in the countryside to the comfort of your own home during the current lockdown.
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  • The ever popular Faraday Challenge Day materials are ideal for using at home with your children. All activities are supported by teachers' notes, risk assessments and children's resources such as videos, presentations and guidance sheets.
    IET Home-learning resources and activities
    The ever popular Faraday Challenge Day materials are ideal for using at home with your children. All activities are supported by teachers' notes, risk assessments and children's resources such as videos, presentations and guidance sheets.
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  • Regreen the desert is a great new STEM challenge from Practical Action. Designed for ages 7-14 pupils use their  STEM skills to provide a solution for a community in Sudan suffering from drought as a result of climate change.
    Regreen the desert
    Regreen the desert is a great new STEM challenge from Practical Action. Designed for ages 7-14 pupils use their STEM skills to provide a solution for a community in Sudan suffering from drought as a result of climate change.
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  • CREST (CREativity in Science and Technology) is a UK-wide Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) award scheme managed by the British Science Association.
    CREST Awards
    CREST (CREativity in Science and Technology) is a UK-wide Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) award scheme managed by the British Science Association.
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  • PLAN is a set of resources produced to enable teachers to have a clearer understanding of National Curriculum (England) expectations for meeting the standard in science.
    PLAN Primary Science Assessment Resources
    PLAN is a set of resources produced to enable teachers to have a clearer understanding of National Curriculum (England) expectations for meeting the standard in science.
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  • What’s in my tray was created on social media to encourage teachers and technicians to use their Gratnells trays as part of their teaching resources.
    What's in my tray?
    What’s in my tray was created on social media to encourage teachers and technicians to use their Gratnells trays as part of their teaching resources.
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  • Farmvention (when farming meets invention) is a national STEM competition run by the NFU aimed at primary and lower secondary school children launched in September 2020. Entries close on 31 May 2021.
    Farmvention
    Farmvention (when farming meets invention) is a national STEM competition run by the NFU aimed at primary and lower secondary school children launched in September 2020. Entries close on 31 May 2021.
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  • This resource, produced by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), provides lessons an resources for primary school pupils (ages 7-10) across the four home nations.
    Farming STEMterprise
    This resource, produced by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), provides lessons an resources for primary school pupils (ages 7-10) across the four home nations.
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  • Ditch the Dirt is an exciting NEW STEM challenge for pupils aged 8-14 years. It enables pupils to investigate ways of making dirty water cleaner through sieving and filtering and can also be used to explore ways of making water safe to drink.
    Ditch the Dirt
    Ditch the Dirt is an exciting NEW STEM challenge for pupils aged 8-14 years. It enables pupils to investigate ways of making dirty water cleaner through sieving and filtering and can also be used to explore ways of making water safe to drink.
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  • Practical Action have produced a range of different materials to support teachers in helping pupils understand the Global Goals and their targets;  why they are important in reducing world poverty, and how pupils can take action themselves to help achieve them. Several activities for pupils aged 8-18.
    Global Goals
    Practical Action have produced a range of different materials to support teachers in helping pupils understand the Global Goals and their targets; why they are important in reducing world poverty, and how pupils can take action themselves to help achieve them. Several activities for pupils aged 8-18.
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  • The Royal Society has joined forces with Professor Brian Cox, the Society’s Professor of Public Engagement, to support primary school teachers across the UK with creative experimental science lessons into their classrooms.
    Royal Society primary school science experiments
    The Royal Society has joined forces with Professor Brian Cox, the Society’s Professor of Public Engagement, to support primary school teachers across the UK with creative experimental science lessons into their classrooms.
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  • Many different materials are found around us in everyday life. Knowing about the properties of different materials helps us choose the right material for the job.
    Materials
    Many different materials are found around us in everyday life. Knowing about the properties of different materials helps us choose the right material for the job.
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  • Materials exist as solids, liquids and gases, and as a mixture of these states. They may be natural or man made and they have different textures and properties.
    Solids, liquids and gases
    Materials exist as solids, liquids and gases, and as a mixture of these states. They may be natural or man made and they have different textures and properties.
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  • The Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project aims to develop support for a valid, reliable and manageable system of science assessment which will have a positive impact on children’s learning
    Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS)
    The Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project aims to develop support for a valid, reliable and manageable system of science assessment which will have a positive impact on children’s learning
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  • Support your students to evaluate products and designs. The Practical Action evaluation tools give students (aged 7-19) an opportunity to analyse their products, designs or existing products.
    Practical Action evaluation tools
    Support your students to evaluate products and designs. The Practical Action evaluation tools give students (aged 7-19) an opportunity to analyse their products, designs or existing products.
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  • A series of three videos presented by Ortis Deley, technology justice is all about ensuring everyone has access to technology that is essential for life.
    #techjustice in action
    A series of three videos presented by Ortis Deley, technology justice is all about ensuring everyone has access to technology that is essential for life.
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  • A free colourful A1 Poster for students aged 7-18 with 90 ideas of small things they can do to make a difference to their global community and environment, plus space for them to add 10 ideas of their own. Divided into the 6R’s ( Reduce , Reuse, Recycle , Repair, Refuse, Rethink) it can be used as a great teaching resource as well as a poster.
    100 Small things
    A free colourful A1 Poster for students aged 7-18 with 90 ideas of small things they can do to make a difference to their global community and environment, plus space for them to add 10 ideas of their own. Divided into the 6R’s ( Reduce , Reuse, Recycle , Repair, Refuse, Rethink) it can be used as a great teaching resource as well as a poster.
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  • A fun hands on investigation suitable for KS 2-5 pupils  The problem: as a result of climate change there is more rain in Bangladesh than ever before.  Land where farmers used to grow their crops is now flooded on a regular basis.
    Floating garden challenge
    A fun hands on investigation suitable for KS 2-5 pupils The problem: as a result of climate change there is more rain in Bangladesh than ever before. Land where farmers used to grow their crops is now flooded on a regular basis.
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  • An exciting new challenge for pupils aged 8-14 years from Parctical Action to develop solutions to the problems caused by plastic waste globally.
    Plastics Challenge
    An exciting new challenge for pupils aged 8-14 years from Parctical Action to develop solutions to the problems caused by plastic waste globally.
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  • Snap Science is a dynamic, comprehensive programme, packed with inspirational resources, designed to help you deliver outstanding science throughout your school.
    Collins Snap Science
    Snap Science is a dynamic, comprehensive programme, packed with inspirational resources, designed to help you deliver outstanding science throughout your school.
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  • Learn Chemistry Partnership is a free programme to ensure your school makes the most of RSC activities and resources.
    RSC Learn Chemistry Partnership
    Learn Chemistry Partnership is a free programme to ensure your school makes the most of RSC activities and resources.
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  • Online interactive science resources for ages 5 to 11 from ABPI
    Primary Science Resources from ABPI
    Online interactive science resources for ages 5 to 11 from ABPI
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  • Everything about engineering, schoool activities, events and careers in one place.
    Tomorrow's Engineers
    Everything about engineering, schoool activities, events and careers in one place.
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  • Suitable for KS2-3 (age 7-14) pupils use their STEM skills to help them design and build a model of a flood- proof house.
    Beat the Flood
    Suitable for KS2-3 (age 7-14) pupils use their STEM skills to help them design and build a model of a flood- proof house.
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  • A cartoon story showing the surprising impact of copper in our everyday lives.
    Copper - The Friendly Metal
    A cartoon story showing the surprising impact of copper in our everyday lives.
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