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Primary Science Teaching Trust

The Primary Science Teaching Trust is a registered charity whose goal is to facilitate the development and dissemination of excellence in primary science education. Our resources have been developed from PSTT-funded research and most are created by award-winning teachers, for teachers. Most of our resources are freely available, examples of which are included below. Please visit our website to view the extensive collection of free resources and to find out more about our commercial resources.

The Primary Science Teaching Trust is a registered charity whose goal is to facilitate the development and dissemination of excellence in primary science education. Our resources have been developed from PSTT-funded research and most are created by award-winning teachers, for teachers. Most of our resources are freely available, examples of which are included below. Please visit our website to view the extensive collection of free resources and to find out more about our commercial resources.
Science Fun at Home - Ice
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Science Fun at Home - Ice

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Can you rescue a plastic toy from the ice? The Primary Science Teaching Trust is working with Science Sparks to create activities for children to have some fun with science at home. This free activity sheet allows children to learn about the science behind ice through fun and engaging activities. At PSTT we release a new Science Fun at Home activity every week for free on our website. To view the entire collection and to find out more, please visit our website at https://pstt.org.uk/resources/curriculum-materials/Science-Fun-at-Home. Each two page sheet has activities that are: clear and simple, using household resources accessible and manageable for all fun for children and their families to do linked to follow up activities
I bet you didn't know...
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I bet you didn't know...

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I bet you didn’t know…how to calculate the age of a shark This article and teacher guide allow primary school children to investigate how scientists calculate the age of a shark. They are part of a collection created by Fellows of the PSTT’s Primary Science Teacher College, who have backgrounds in science research and experience teaching in primary classrooms. These fellows are using their expertise to gather recent research papers (published within the last two years in peer-reviewed journals) and to write articles which explain cutting-edge science research in language that primary children can understand. Our ‘I bet you didn’t know…’ articles explain what scientists have done and what they have discovered, suggest questions for children and teachers to consider in the classroom and describe activities that children can do to mirror the research. New articles are released every month. To view these and to learn more please visit our website at https://pstt.org.uk/resources/curriculum-materials/cutting-edge-science-primary-schools. A Teacher Guide PowerPoint accompanies each article to provide: • suggestions of how the learning might fit into your science curriculum • guidance on appropriate age groups • quick activities that could be used as a starter to engage children in a related science lesson, as an extension at the end of a lesson, or even as an assembly • longer investigations that could occupy a whole science lesson • symbols indicating the enquiry approaches and enquiry skills used in the activities • questions to stimulate further learning • maths links that could be made to develop maths skills • writing links that could be made to develop writing in different genres
Science and STEM Clubs
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Science and STEM Clubs

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These activity cards are aimed at teachers or other adults looking for support to introduce a science or STEM club to primary aged children. PSTT has created a number of free to download, easily accessible club packs. We have an example from each of our 4 clubs below. Please head to our website to find an overview sheet for each club and many more club activities https://pstt.org.uk/resources/curriculum-materials/childrens-university-stem-clubs. Each pack provides: • an overview of how to run the sessions and list of all the resources required (simple, everyday materials) for 8 sessions. • an activity sheet for each of the 8 sessions, giving the session leader guidance on organising the activities, which will include a practical challenge for the children, key facts/science and ideas for questions and further activities. • Some packs also contain a fact sheet for children to take home to encourage them to share findings with their families and take their learning further. The Engineering Our World club, aimed at upper primary, introduces 8 famous scientists, engineers, and artists as a springboard for group-based engineering challenges. The example activity and fact sheet below are about Mary Sherman Morgan, a rocket-fuel scientist whose invention helped the first American satellite get into space! The Earth Explorers club focuses on environmental awareness for 5-7 year olds. The example activity and fact sheet below, Icy Blast, help children to consider life in the Arctic. The Sensory Sparks (SEN) club provides activities aimed specifically towards children with special needs. In the Stretchy socks activity below pupils will work on exploring simple observation skills, ordering size, measuring, making predictions and comparative testing by exploring how socks stretch when hung on a washing line and marbles are added to them. The Challenge Chasers club provides 8 science activities presented as challenges to solve for children aged 7-11. In the activity below children will learn how light travels by using mirrors to pass light through a maze. All activities are validated by the Children’s University and as such count towards accredited learning for any children taking part.
Big Jurassic Classroom
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Big Jurassic Classroom

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The Primary Science Teaching Trust has worked with the Jurassic Coast Trust since 2014, culminating in the production of The Big Jurassic Classroom book. This book brings together resources and information to show teachers how they can use their local environments to inspire interest in the UK’s geological history. It includes exciting activities for learning about rocks, fossils, and evolution. This book, as well as a separate pack containing its resources, are available to download from our website at https://pstt.org.uk/resources/curriculum-materials/big-jurassic-classroom All the materials developed in the initial phase of the collaboration with the Jurassic Coast Trust are available via the link above, with resources available for 3-7 year olds and 7-11 year olds. We have included example activities from the Big Jurassic Classroom, as well as their accompanying teacher guides, below. For KS1 children we have our Can you solve a bony puzzle? activity pack and teacher guide that allow children to explore fossils but putting the bones of an Ichthyosaur back together again. For KS2 children we have our Survival of the fittest activity pack and teacher guide to teach the children about how dinosaurs and other organisms have adapted to their environments. The Teacher Guides explain: the appropriate age range for the activities subjects and topics covered resources needed what the activity is about The Activity Packs provide: images worksheets instructions for carrying out the activities.