Mother’s Day Card

Are you looking for inspiration for a Mother’s Day card for your class? We’ve put together a simple, but effective idea as a suggestion. There are full instructions and a downloadable template. The design is useful also for teaching the concept of symmetry.

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British Science Week: 9-18 March 2018

Look out for this celebration of all things STEM-related in the next couple of weeks, as schools and communities will be joining in with events and activities around science, technology, engineering and maths!

British Science Week will be a fabulous 10-day programme, full of a varied selection of events.
Many hundreds of activities are to be taking place across the UK, for people of all ages, so if you’ve not organised one of your own, then be sure to check out the listing.British Science Week 2018Organised by the charity, British Science Association, the aim of this annual science festival is to spread their message that science should be part of – rather than set apart from – society and culture. Wider communities should embrace and engage with science, whether they work in the industry or not! And fostering children’s appreciation of STEM subjects is a great place to start.

Through BSW, the Association hopes to stimulate and support teachers, STEM professionals, science communicators and members of the public to get involved with science events.

British Science Week 2018As well as attending an event, here are more great ways to get involved for both school and non-school audiences:

– Every year, British Science Week hosts a Citizen Science project, and this year’s is a hot topic! It’s teaming up with The Plastic Tide, a charity of scientists helping to find new ways to clean up our oceans of the vast problem of plastic waste.
The project will involve getting people to tag images of the coast which have litter, clicking on the litter they see in a picture. Can you help with their target of tagging 250,000 images? By monitoring marine debris like this, they can help with future detection and understanding of the kinds of ocean plastic and where it ends up.
It’s vital work that we can all make a difference with, including young learners, so click to help today.
The Plastic Tide, Zooniverse
– Don’t forget the British Science Week team have created some fun downloadable activity packs – they’re available for FREE! Themed around ‘exploration and discovery’, these would be a great classroom support. Find ones suitable for early years, primary and secondary levels here (plus, a helpful bonus… links for the ones from last year’s Week are also still available on the same page).

British Science Week 2018 - activity packs

– Make sure to enter the annual poster competition too, with great STEM prizes up for grabs. Open to schools and youth groups across the UK, click the link for full details of how to enter and T&Cs.

All this is just a taster – don’t forget to visit the website of British Science Week for lots more to enjoy!
British Science Week

New game – Let’s Compare

Have you seen the brand new learning game by Topmarks for early years’ children? Let’s Compare is out now!

Let’s Compare is specially created to help children with comparative vocabulary. It’s FREE and ideal for 3- to 5-year-olds, learning to compare the relative sizes of objects and animals.

Let's Compare - Topmarks learning game

With two fun themes, At the Beach and Animals, young learners will focus on comparisons linked to the measure strand of numeracy, in which length, height and width are estimated: biggest, smallest, longest, shortest, tallest.

Let's Compare - Topmarks learning game

Like all Topmarks’ games, it is fully whiteboard- and tablet-friendly. The simple animations featured will engage children, to enjoy the interactive learning experience!

Let's Compare - Topmarks learning game

Click to play Let’s Compare today

Big Battery Hunt campaign

The Big Battery Hunt is a new initiative hoping to make a positive difference to our planet and the way that young people think about recycling batteries. 

Schools in the UK are invited to join the challenge in this campaign, from the National Schools Partnership, compliance scheme Battery Back and Duracell.

Big Battery HuntDid you know?
> It takes at least 100 years for a battery to decompose
> The UK has one of the lowest battery recycling rates in the EU, as we throw away over 600 million batteries a year (source: Recycle More).

Recycling is a great way to help protect the environment. Each battery placed in a recycling bin will be taken apart and the materials will be used to make something new, rather than the fragments of toxic metals draining from landfill sites into water sources.
Thanks to the Big Battery Hunt, children can learn about the importance of recycling and get involved with their wider communities.

Big Battery Hunt
Teachers can sign up for a free kit, supplied by Duracell, including educational resources (KS2) such as an assembly presentation and curriculum-linked maths tasks, plus a battery recycling container, which will be emptied without charge, when full.
The 2018 campaign aims for four million batteries to be recycled, and over 1000 schools are already registered, with 420 000 pupils taking part so far. Why not join them?!

Big Battery Hunt
One pupil (above), Talia from Glendower Prep School, collected over 2000 batteries on her own after being inspired by a TV episode of BBC’s Blue Planet. When she realised she could do something to help the environment she asked friends, family, neighbours and local shop owners to give her any used batteries. Talia said, “I’ve enjoyed talking to people about the Big Battery Hunt and asking them to help. I just want to make the environment a cleaner place.”

BIGBATTERYHUNT2All participating schools and individual pupils can enter a fabulous competition too, with the chance to win educational prizes for the schools, such as science equipment vouchers, iPads and more! (T&Cs apply, closes 26 April 2018.)

Register today, and join in the recycling to help save our planet!