Posts categorised: Science

Teaching primary science…our top 10 tips for non-experts

As British Science Week draws to a close, Cornerstones’ expert in primary science, Dr Fran Barnes, shares her tips for teaching primary science. 1. Is it a fair test? In the previous science curriculum there was an over emphasis on fair testing. However, the new science curriculum now places equal importance on five different...

Science Week lesson ideas

Here's where you'll find all of our easy-prep Science Week lesson ideas. Why not give them a go and let us know how you get on? Lesson 1 – Find a bug! Go outdoors to find a brilliant bug. Collect it gently using a pooter or plastic tub. Can you find out its name? Whose...

Science Week lesson plan: Chocolate structures (EYFS/KS1/KS2)

Demonstrate how to use melted chocolate to ‘weld’ together edible items to create super-yummy chocolate structures. Resources Lots of chocolate in all shapes, sizes and types Marshmallows, cereal hoops and other small food items Reusable, metal water bottles Hand-hot water Show Add hand-hot water to the metal bottle and put the lid on firmly. Hold the edge of a...

Science Week lesson plan: Liquid layers (KS2)

Science Week lesson plan: Liquid layers
Demonstrate how liquids can float on top of one another in a density column. Resources Golden syrup Washing up liquid Water Vegetable oil Surgical spirit Pipettes Clear plastic cup Small objects such as a coin, dried pea or bean, grape, pen lid and a dice Show Pour golden syrup into the cup so it is about 1.5 cm...

Science Week lesson plan: Milk shapes (EYFS/KS1)

Science Week lesson plans: Milk shapes
Demonstrate how milk curdles into curds and whey. Then use the solid curds as a mouldable plastic to create fun shapes and models. Resources Whole milk White vinegar Access to a microwave Cup Tablespoon Bowl Sieve Kitchen roll Cookie cutters (optional) Glitter and food colouring (optional) Show Heat up a cup of whole milk in...

Science Week lesson plan: Bubble bangs (KS2)

Science Week lesson plan: Bubble bang
Outdoors, demonstrate the ‘blasting' chemical reaction between bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Resources Zip-lock sandwich bags (use good quality bags) Vinegar Bicarbonate of soda Squares of tissue Spoon Cup Show Lay a square of tissue on a surface. Put two spoonfuls of bicarbonate of soda in the centre of the tissue. Fold the edges of...

Science Week lesson plan: Floating flowers (KS1/KS2)

Demonstrate this simple but amazing blooming flower, science activity before letting the children have a go themselves. Resources Floating flower template (provided) Saucer Water Scissors Other resources including variety of paper types, liquids and craft materials Timer (optional) Show Cut out a flower carefully from the template provided. Fold each of the petals inwards....

Celebrate Science Week with our free lesson plans and challenges!

British Science Week is just around the corner, with this year’s celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) taking place from 11-20 March. People of all ages will be organising and taking part in events across the UK, so to help you get involved, we’ll be producing free, daily lesson plans and challenges...