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Explorify at home: Learning outdoors - living things

Children love learning outdoors and the positive effects on their mental and physical wellbeing have been well documented. This collection takes your children’s learning outdoors with a focus on living things. 

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Good science teaching starts with assessment

‘Assessment is not something that happens in the plenary at the end of a lesson, it starts with planning and should be embedded throughout your teaching.’ Sarah Eames from Sandfield Close Primary School shares her tips on how to do assessment well.

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Getting to grips with inheritance

Inheritance is a topic that many teachers feel a bit anxious teaching about. Read our guide and you might realise that you know a lot more than you thought you did!

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Continue your professional development with STEM Learning’s online courses

During this period of school closures and phased re-opening, there is a range of excellent CPD available online from our friends at the National STEM Learning Centre. 

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Explorify and developing key skills in Year 6

If you are returning to school before the summer holidays, you are no doubt wondering how to best support your pupils’ learning in the short space of time that is left.

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Can outdoor learning help when you return to the classroom?

Robbie Kirkman explores the role that learning science outdoors can play in physically-distanced learning.

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Children learning outdoors, pre lockdown.

Try your new dashboard

Your dashboard now has recommended activities linked to your curriculum and class age. Discover them today!

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Getting to grips with evolution

Teaching about evolution can seem daunting and we worry about handling children’s ideas about this concept. But we’d like to reassure you that you know a lot more perhaps than you realise.

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Explorify at home: Sound

This collection of activities about sound is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week! 

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A bottle orchestra

Explorify at home: Light

This collection of activities about light is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week! 

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A rainbow in a landscape

Explorify at home: Human body

This collection of activities about the human body is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week! 

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A plywood shack for ice fishing on a frozen lake

Explorify at home: Fossils and evolution

This collection of activities about fossils and evolution is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week! 

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Ammonite fossils in rock

Explorify at home: Earth, seasons and time

This collection of activities about the Earth, seasons and time is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week! 

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Explorify at home: Changing materials

This collection of activities about changing materials is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week! 

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Cookies, made from materials

Explorify at home: Classification

This collection of activities about classification is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week! 

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Wrigglers

Explorify at home: Properties of materials

This collection of activities about the properties of materials is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week! 

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Explorify at home: Plants

This collection of activities about plants is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!

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Seedlings

The Primary Science Capital Project

 A social justice approach to teaching primary science    

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Free online CPD with STEM Learning

Our friends at the National STEM Learning Centre have designed a range of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) all about teaching primary science. They are packed with practical ideas to inspire curiosity and support scientific enquiry.

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Get excited for the Great Science Share for Schools!

This year’s Great Science Share for Schools is all about sustainability. It falls on 16th June and we've got a great variety of activities to help you make the most of it! 

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British Science Week 2020

This year, British Science Week runs for 10 days from 6th - 15th March and it's all about our diverse planet.

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Desert habitat

Put science into sport!

Sport Relief runs from 9th - 13th March and we've made dozens of exciting new activities to get science into your sporty week!

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PLAN – good practice in assessment

Robust assessement needn't be difficult when you use the PLAN resources

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Mission X: Train like an astronaut

Registrations for Mission X 2020 are now open! Join our friends at STEM Learning in a challenge that encourages students to train like an astronaut!

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Explore the playful side of science with Michael Rosen and Explorify!

Michael Rosen thinks we need more play in our lives, and we couldn’t agree more! We have three new activities inspired by Michael’s Book of Play to help you become more playful in your classroom. What’s more, we have an opportunity for you to win a signed copy of his book!

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Explore the science behind cycling!

Bike To School Week runs from 23rd–27th September. It's a great opportunity to create learning experiences for your class around all things two-wheeled!

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Go to Mars with Explorify!

A new Mars rover blasts off to look for signs of life on the red planet in 2021. We’ve got lots of new activities to help you inspire your little scientists to be space explorers!  

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What do teachers think of Explorify?

Watch teachers who have trialled Explorify in their classrooms tell us about their experiences. 

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Top 10 tips for new science leaders!

Are you a new science lead? We've got 10 tips to help you start the year with confidence. 

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Planning for science

Have you been wondering how to effectively plan science lessons to encapsulate knowledge, understanding and skills? Take a look at our planning examples for inspiration. 

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Working in a scientific way

Have you been wondering how Explorify can support you as you encourage your pupils to work in a scientific way? Read our top tips to find out! 

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Top tips: Big Question activities

Working together to plan an investigation will really get your class thinking like scientists!  

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How long does it take for a leaf to rot?

Top tips: What If? activities

A question to make pupils think! Our What If? activities aren't designed for practical investigation, rather a fun way to help children place their ideas and thoughts in new contexts.

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What if plants could move?

Top tips: Odd One Out activities

With these Odd One Out activities, there is no right or wrong answer! Encourage each child to say which is the odd one out for them after a discussion about similarities and differences.  

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Top tips: What's Going On? activities

Encourage children to discuss what's going on in these short, distraction-free videos! You'll find they naturally start to explain their thinking and apply their knowledge in new contexts.

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Top tips: Mystery Bag activities

Encourage your children to use their sense of touch, hearing and smell to work out what's contained in these mystery bags! A tried and tested favourite with teachers, spark curiosity and debate with a selection of everyday objects.

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Top tips: Zoom In, Zoom Out activities

Our popular Zoom In, Zoom Out activities are sure to engage your class! Read our tips on how to get the most from this visually engaging activity.

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Top 5 tips for getting to know your class

Welcome to your new class! We’ve got some tips to help you get to know the children on an individual level but also assess the dynamics and social skills of the class as a whole.  

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Activities to take you to the end of term!

Need some inspiration for a fun Explorify activity for your class before the end of term? Try some of these to keep your little scientists engaged!

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Let's go to space!

You don't need to go to space to explore the fascinating science about it. Try one of these activities today and celebrate 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon!

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Explore the science of the solstice

Let's look at the STEM topics you can cover when exploring both a solstice and equinox.

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How to update your settings

If you are changing schools, year groups, role or email address, make sure you follow these simple steps to keep your account up to date. 

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Exercise your mind and body!

Let's focus in on activities around the human body and consider how exercise and environment affect it!

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Plant some activities in your dashboard!

From new shoots to habitats and seasonal growth, there's a huge amount to discover when exploring plants!

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Better thinkers, better thinking!

Explorify supports your pupils to think like scientists – but that doesn’t mean it's only for science!

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Eggs for Easter and beyond!

Easter is coming and we’ve picked some egg-cellent activities for you to try with your class!

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Discover how Explorify can help with assessment.

Assessment is something teachers do all the time, yet assessment in science is a topic teachers often say they worry about. Let’s walk through a teaching sequence about classification. 

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Raise the profile of science across your whole school!

You’ve done a great job raising the profile of science in your classroom using Explorify, now let’s raise the profile of science across the whole school!

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Carry on watching winter!

BBC's Live Lesson on Winterwatch has stacks of links to Explorify activities. Use this handy list to extend the learning experience with your class, with an activity or two!

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Meet the teacher: Kulvinder Johal

Kulvinder Johal is a primary teacher at Northbury Primary School in Barking, London. We asked her about improving your confidence as a teacher and the importance of networks.

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Creating a shared vision for science – why and how?

Carla Wallington looks back on her first year as a Science Lead and reflects on the steps she took to create a shared vision for science across the school.

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Get active with Super Movers!

Super Movers is a brilliant collaboration between the BBC and the Premier League and is perfect for combining thinking with exercise! 

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Gut instinct

Get your class thinking scientifically about how the body uses food, why we have teeth and how important exercise is, with these fun activities.

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The science of sleep

Does a squirrel hibernate, or do they just stash food for the winter? Explore sleep and hibernation further with these activities that are sure to keep your class alert!

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Winter is coming

Or is here already - depending on whether you're using an astronomical or meteorological calendar! As the Christmas holidays beckon, here are some fun and festive activities to keep your little scientists engaged until the end of term bell rings!

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Explorify in the garden - 2019

Take the Primary Science curriculum outdoors with this practical one-day course and let nature, plants and gardening provide a wealth of development opportunities.

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You've got the power!

Electricity will fascinate your pupils when you ask them to think about all the things it powers. Charge up your class's enthusiasm with these activities.

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Habitats around the world!

Different animals and plants thrive in different habitats. Let's take a look at how they live. Your pupils will learn about the world around them near and far and develop their scientific thinking as they explore the inhabitants.

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Take flight with bird activities!

With summer migration over and the autumn arrival of birds from colder climes in full swing, it's a perfect time to explore all things avian!

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Light up your class with science!

Fire and light present many opportunities for a curious mind, so we've collated a series of activities to inspire your class to think like scientists when they see the fireworks displays this year.

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Science in motion

From a paper plane to the gears of a bicycle, force is a fun topic to explore with your little scientists.

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The wind of change

October brings seasonal change and a great opportunity to explore the science of seasons while seeing the change outside your classroom window.

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Meet the scientist: Maddie Moate

Friend of Explorify, Maddie Moate chats curiosity, drama and the great science you can discover by asking seemingly silly questions! 

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Recycle Week!

We’ve put together a selection of activities you can use to explore the use of materials and their impact on the environment.

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What’s Explorify? How can it help with my science teaching?

When did you last hear that something really good for teaching is free? Welcome to Explorify, a free digital tool to help with science teaching. Developed by Wellcome, a global charitable foundation, Explorify is used by teachers in nearly 10,000 UK primary schools.

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Choose your curriculum!

Calling all Explorify teachers all over the UK: you can now select the curriculum you are teaching and see activities tailored to it!

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Why are we supporting primary science with Explorify?

Explorify was created by Wellcome, who brought together lots of educational and scientific organisations to support primary science. But why is primary science important? And what part does Explorify play in a teacher’s journey? Watch this video to find out more.

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Meet the teacher: Rebecca Johns

Rebecca Johns is a Y3/4 teacher at Fochriw Primary School in a village near Merthyr Tydfill. Rebecca leads on STEM, ecoschools and Welsh.

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Meet the author: Andrea Beaty

Andrea Beaty is the author of a series of books about curious classmates; Architect Iggy, Scientist Ada and Engineer Rosie. Illustrated by the Scottish illustrator, David Roberts, the books tell the stories of hopelessly curious children who overcome hurdles to pursue their passions.  

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Downloadable posters, stickers and certificates for your classroom

We’ve created some fab free stuff you can print and use in your classroom to help you and your class understand and visualise the progress you'll make on your Explorify journey.

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Download posters and stickers for a colourful classroom display.

Meet the teacher: Ben Thwaites

Ben is an Assistant Headteacher and Science Co-ordinator in his Primary School. We spoke to him about highlighting science across the wider curriculum and across his local network of schools.

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Let's think about oceans

If you’re studying oceans, here are some fun activities to kickstart scientific thinking skills in your class.

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Sea turtles are one of the many creatures who live in the ocean

New search function!

One of our most requested features is now live!

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Top 5 Tips for taking learning outside!

Need some help taking your classroom outside? We're here to help! 

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Have a scientific Outdoor Classroom Day!

Take your learning outside this Outdoor Classroom Day!

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Meet the author: Dominic Walliman

We interviewed Dominic Walliman, author of the Professor Astrocat books. Illustrated by Ben Newman, Walliman’s schoolfriend, the books take a fun-filled approach to scientific concepts. Walliman also runs the Youtube channel Domain of Science, where he explains STEM subjects in an engaging, accessible way. 

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Explorify your Staff Meeting!

Are you a science enthusiast looking to share the benefits of Explorify? We've written a presentation to help you  spread the word!

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Meet the teacher: Heather Beattie

Heather Beattie is a Primary 4 teacher at Newtownards in Northern Ireland, we asked her about teaching, science and what she thinks of Explorify!

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Getting started with Explorify!

Welcome to Explorify!

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Meet the author: MG Leonard

MG Leonard is the author of the Beetle Boy trilogy of books, and her latest book is the Beetle Collector’s Handbook.

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Explorify and numeracy: count the benefits!

Use these Explorify activities to build maths and numeracy skills with your class. 

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Bring STEM learning to life in your classroom with IET Faraday

We’ve been working with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to help you take the hassle out of your lesson planning.

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Literacy? Thinking skills? Explorify has got you covered!

Explorify and literacy: find out how our science activities support writing, speaking, listening and more.

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Jane: “The language as the children discussed the images was great…superb for observational skills and extending language choices”

The Science Museum's Learning Resources – plus their Top 5 Activities!

We interviewed Laura Meade, Learning Resources Co-ordinator at the Science Museum – and asked her to pick her top five activities!

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Laura Meade, Learning Resources Co-ordinator at the Science Museum

Being nosy for science!

Your lowdown on Explorify's programme, from Louise Stubberfield, our programme manager for primary science

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Meet the teacher: Susan Little

We spoke to Susan Little, head of Key Stage 2 at Wiggonby Primary School in Cumbria. We asked her all about teaching, her experience with Explorify and the impact it had on her class. 

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Take a sneak peek at Odd One Out

Of our nine different activity types, this one’s a consistent favourite. Watch our video and see why.

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Two pupils choosing their Odd One Out. Everyone will get a chance to decide for themselves and explain their answers.

Meet Explorify’s Primary Science Programme Lead Louise Stubberfield

Meet Louise, who’s been working at Wellcome for the last four years.

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