Take your class back in time with Dinosaurs in the Wild
Mar24

Take your class back in time with Dinosaurs in the Wild

With Dinosaurs in the Wild, teachers will be able to take school groups of 7-11 year olds somewhere they’ve never been before – 67 million years back in time, to the late Cretaceous period! Specially designed to ignite pupils’ imaginations, it will put school groups face-to-face with living dinosaurs and bring science to life before their eyes. The creators behind new immersive live-action adventure Dinosaurs in the Wild gave me a...

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Terrific Scientific – A Fantastic KS2 Science Project from the BBC
Mar03

Terrific Scientific – A Fantastic KS2 Science Project from the BBC

Terrific Scientific is an ambitious new campaign from the BBC. Their goal is to inspire primary school pupils to discover their inner scientist. Currently, fewer than 15% of 10-14 year olds aspire to pursue a career as a scientist, leaving the UK with a potential skills shortage. The BBC have partnered with leading universities to create a series of child-friendly nationwide scientific investigations. The data gathered will be sent to...

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Make Animated Videos with Toontastic 3D
Jan17

Make Animated Videos with Toontastic 3D

Toontastic is a fantastic digital storytelling tool. Since the last time I wrote about it it’s been bought by Google, who have just relaunched it as a shiny new 3D version. The new version is now free, with no pop up ads or additional in-app purchases! With Toontastic 3D children can draw, animate, and narrate their own cartoons. It’s really easy to do. Simply choose a setting and characters, move them around onscreen...

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Dremel 3D40 Idea Maker 3D Printer : Hands On
Dec01

Dremel 3D40 Idea Maker 3D Printer : Hands On

3D Printers have been getting more popular in the last few years, as the price has dropped enough to make them a sensible purchase for schools and the home. I’ve already documented our initial journey into 3D printing last year with a printer that we built from a kit. I’ve recently been approached by Dremel to see if I wanted to try out their new Dremel 3D40 Ideas Maker printer, so here’s how I got on. The Techie Bit...

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Reach Out Reporter : Free Primary Science News
Dec01

Reach Out Reporter : Free Primary Science News

Reach Out Reporter is a new FREE online primary science news service which helps teachers integrate topical science into everyday teaching and learning. Reach Out Reporter engages primary school children with the wonders of the world around them using high-quality films and other learning resources. The service is updated weekly with new content and is available free of charge to all primary school teachers across the UK. Reach Out...

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PhET Science and Maths Simulations – now an iPad App
Nov09

PhET Science and Maths Simulations – now an iPad App

The PhET website has been a favourite of mine for a long time. Created by the University of Colorado Boulder it hosts a wonderful array of interactive science and maths simulations for students. Recently, many of the simulations have been converted to HTML5 to make them iPad-friendly, and now they’ve released an app too! The app delivers all their HTML5 sims with these extra features: Automatic updates: get the latest HTML5 sims...

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Curiosity Box – A Regular Delivery of Science to your Door
Oct11

Curiosity Box – A Regular Delivery of Science to your Door

The Curiosity Box is a new service that delivers science to your doorstep in a regular monthly box. Aimed at children aged 7-11, each pack provides all they need to carry out several simple science experiments. All the themes are linked to the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum. The folks at Curiosity Box sent me over a box to see what I thought, so I roped in my 11 year old niece to help me out with it. Firstly, I loved the packaging 🙂...

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Augmented Reality Animals, Dinosaurs and Space Apps From Octagon Studios
Oct06

Augmented Reality Animals, Dinosaurs and Space Apps From Octagon Studios

Augmented Reality is the term used by apps which overlay content on top of real world objects. Imagine viewing a textbook page through your iPad and the pictures come to life with sound and animations. This can have some great educational uses. From bringing spacecraft or animals into the classroom, to bringing storybooks to life with 3D models. While investigating new Augmented Reality apps for a workshop I was planning, I stumbled...

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Quick Science Idea : Oreo Cookie Moon Phase Model
Jul04

Quick Science Idea : Oreo Cookie Moon Phase Model

Here’s a quick idea for making a model of the phases of the moon using Oreo cookies. Other cookies might work too, but the combination of black biscuit and white cream makes this work really well. Carefully remove the top of each of the cookies to reveal the cream layer. You can then scrape away the cream to show the different moon phases. Place them in a circle, then annotate with labels to explain the different phases. Like...

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Science Teaching Idea : Food Chains With Stackable Cups
Jun03

Science Teaching Idea : Food Chains With Stackable Cups

Here’s a quick idea for teaching food chains with stackable cups. I posted this over on Facebook last week and it got an amazing response, plus lots of questions. So I thought I’d explain the idea a little more here. The basic idea is that you can stick/draw images of animals and plants onto stackable cups, plus write the name around the edge. Then stack them to show the food chain building up. In the example video, I used...

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50 Essential Tools for any Science Teaching Toolkit
May05

50 Essential Tools for any Science Teaching Toolkit

One of my main roles is as a Primary Science lecturer, training student teachers to become great science teachers, or to at least to overcome the fear of science they developed in high school! Over the course of a year I fire plenty of useful websites and apps at them that they should check out. One of my students asked if I had a handy list of all of them in one place and I realised I hadn’t collated them for a while. So here...

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Little Alchemy : A fun little problem solving game
Apr27

Little Alchemy : A fun little problem solving game

Little Alchemy is a curious little game that invites you to experiment and explore. You start with 4 basic “elements” – air, earth, fire and water,  and mix these together to find interesting and surprising combinations. For example earth plus air produces dust. Earth and Fire makes lava. Lava plus air makes stone, and so on. There are over 500 elements to discover. I’ve been playing for a few hours and am on...

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