Resources: Key Stage 2/3

12 exciting hands-on experiments

Our 12 exciting hands-on experiments, developed by Dr Mark Biddiss, are designed to be safely used in the classroom. Each experiment is accompanied by instructions, shopping list and useful information, and are taken from Dr Mark’s Magical Science 1 & 2 Books and CD Roms. To download these experiments please click here.

BLOODHOUND SSC project

The BLOODHOUND SSC engineering adventure seeks to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. To achieve this ambitious goal, the BLOODHOUND Education Programme will be made available to all pupils in primary and secondary schools, and to students in further and higher education. Nearly 4,000 schools registered in the first 18 months of the project, and numerous presentations have been given to other groups and professional institutions, taking the project into the heart of the community and society.

Available resources can be viewed here.

Critical Paths - Powering a new generation

Graduates working in the nuclear sector have developed a range of free resources available to download from their website: www.criticalpathsuk.com. Supported by the nuclear industry and tested in schools, they take real-life examples from industry in to the classroom and link it to the curriculum. Critical Paths includes almost thirty interactive activities, presentations and homework tasks introducing the various aspects of the nuclear industry such as: transporting nuclear material, considerations for building and locating a nuclear power station, what nuclear fission & fusion is - to name a few.

Flashbang Science

Flashbang Science is a bright mobile lab which pulls up right at your front door. It is "hands on" practical science experimentation for children aged 8-11 who become scientists all by themselves for a session. For more information please visit their website.

Future Morph

Future Morph is the Science Council’s website designed to provide information for young people, their parents and teachers about careers available from studying science and maths. For more information see www.futuremorph.org.

IET Faraday

An exciting year-long programme of resources, activities, competitions and events designed to inspire young people about STEM. With a new theme every year, the website contains a wealth of resources, including teaching materials for KS3, KS4 and Engineering Diploma, and specially made films and games which bring the real world of engineering to life.

Practical Action

Practical Action has a range of science resources for Key Stages 2-4 that focus on renewable energy and climate change including their 'wind power challenge', as well as enhancement/homework activities and free resources for the classroom such as posters. For more information please visit their website.

Royal Society of Chemistry

Educators and students at all levels from primary school to university can access thousands of free resources, such as experiments, videos, worksheets and games at www.rsc.org/resources-tools/education-resources

The Salters Institute

The Salters' Institute plays a major role in the support of chemistry teaching, the encouragement of young people to pursue careers in the UK chemical industries, and the promotion of chemical education including the whole area of curriculum development.

The Salters' Chemistry Club encourages schools to set up Chemistry Clubs and then to take part in Salters' Festivals of Chemistry. During the last fifteen years over 44,200 students have experienced the fun of practical chemistry through the Salters' Festivals of Chemistry which have been hosted to date by more than 45 universities throughout the UK and Ireland in partnership with over 50 chemical and related companies.

Schoolscience

Schoolscience provides a directory of science resources, information and contacts for primary and secondary schools. The science learned at school and its relation to the outside world is supported by content from major trade associations, Research Councils UK and professional bodies who contribute unique scientific knowledge and resources. Working together, we help teachers, pupils and technicians enrich science learning. 

Special Leaders Award

All awards are open to three groups of students: Primary (5 - 11), Secondary (11 - 16) and Advanced (17 - 19). For all awards, students will be required to complete an application to become a leader for STEM for their school or college and complete an interview. Each 'special award' has its own theme and prizes, and students can be entered into more than one category. Please visit the website for more info at www.leadersaward.com  

Succeeding with Science

Part of the Succeeding with Science education programme supported by Sellafield Ltd, the website contains resources produced by teachers for teachers and are designed to fit precisely into the curriculum. Please visit www.succeedingwithscience.com for more details.

Tomorrow's Engineers

Tomorrow's Engineers is led by EngineeringUK and the Royal Academy of Engineering with support from other organisations, and run a schools programme to help inspire the next generation of engineers which reached over 40,000 young people in 2014.

Working with businesses, not-for-profit organisations and charities, the programme is made up of a number of initiatives such as industry visits, workshops, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Ambassador partnerships and careers resources.

Water Boxes

Since 2004, IChemE's Water Special Interest Group have been donating 'Water Boxes' to schools both in the UK and overseas. The Water Box contains 21 water-based experiments and is currently supplied by Three Valleys Water. A small number of boxes are available each year. Schools are usually nominated by a member of IChemE's Water Special Interest Group, however a nomination direct from a school could be considered - please contact Jim Keary at Veolia Water. For more information on the contents of the box, please click here.

Your Life

Your Life brings together business, educators, civil society and government, to show how science and maths leads to exciting, successful careers. It aims to make the most of all our talents and to grow the number of women in science, technology and engineering. View the YouTube video or download the posters of Yasmin Ali and Oliver Knight. (Make sure you check the 'fit to printable area' tickbox as the full size of these posters is 47 x 33 inches).