Free lesson plans and challenges for simple, no-fuss super science this Science Week!

Over the last few days, we’ve been producing free lesson plans to help you prepare for British Science Week (10-19 March). Now this year’s celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) has finally arrived, we want to make sure you have all you need to make your Science Week as fun and engaging as possible.

Simple snappy science challenges

From 13-17 March, you can download our easy-prep science challenges from our website and the Hub. These simple, snappy challenges will feature open-ended ideas for any age group. Designed to get children out and about and hands-on, the challenges will include titles such as ‘Find a Bug’ and ‘Ice Race!’

We’ll also be putting the challenges on social media so make sure you check Twitter and Facebook too. Follow us @Cornerstonesedu, find us on Facebook and show off your school’s science by sharing your pictures with us.

Science Week Resources

Free no-fuss lesson plans – download yours now!

Our easy-to-follow lesson plans are also still available to download. Each plan features an idea for a ‘wow’ teacher demonstration with simple follow-up ideas for science investigations that will get children thinking.

Download your handy PDF versions now: Floating flowers, Bubble bangs, Milk shapes, Liquid layers, Chocolate structures.

Ask the expert – our very own Dr Fran

Have a scientific question or want to know more about being a scientist? Dr Fran, our expert in primary science, will be on hand to answer any of your Science Week questions – simply tweet her @DrFranB or via @Cornerstonesedu using the hashtag #AskDrFran.

Dr Fran said: “Science Week is a great opportunity to bring STEM subjects to the forefront. I’m really looking forward to seeing children getting involved, being curious and enjoying some really fabulous science!”

Science Week and beyond

Don’t stop at Science Week!  With our Love to Investigate series, you can get your children excited about science all year round with 126 practical science investigations that cover a range of tricky topics in interesting and engaging ways.

Visit our Love to Investigate product page to find out more.

Science investigations now available to buy online

All of our science investigations are available to buy at our online shop. Individual investigations cost just £7.50 each and our whole school packs of themed science week activities for Years 1-6 are priced at £45. Click here to view all our science investigations.


*updated 1st March 2017

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Dr Fran

Dr Fran Barnes is Cornerstones' expert in primary science. Fran is a molecular and cell biologist with a passion for hands-on, practical science in the classroom. She writes our Love to Investigate series and the science topics in our curriculum.

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