Science Week 2021 (5th-14th March)
Wow, that’s approaching fast – I better get planning! Indeed! While the loose theme of this year’s British Science Week is ‘Innovating the Future’, the British Science Association encourages schools to get involved in this “ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths” in whatever way suits them best.
That’s pretty broad – any more concrete suggestions for approaches we could take? Never fear, primary science specialist Dr Jo Montgomery has a handy Science Week how to guide , setting out a number ways you could get involved:
- Themed science weeks
- Science week assemblies
- Whole school science investigations
- Scientist hunt
- Competitions and getting involved
- Science reading challenge
- Carousel activities
- Science challenges
Excellent. But considering the current uncertainty, is it feasible to think about running a remote science week? It is, absolutely. We’ve found a range of resources, both science week-specific and more general but that could easily be adapted into science week activities, that cater for remote and blended learning scenarios:
Science week-specific resources:
- The main British Science Week website has activity packs for EYFS and KS1 & KS2 designed for use in school or at home
- PSTT’s Whistlestop Science Weeks suggests a range of mini-events that can be explored at home as well as in school
- STEM has a directory of digital and socially distance resources and events for British Science Week
- The National Farmers Union (NFU) has planned a week of science activities for British Science Week. You can sign up for further details here
General science resources:
- PSTT has Science at Home ideas and resources
- The NFU has a range of science resources and activities
- Wow Science has a range of activities and experiments that could be completed in school or remotely
- Bayer has a range of free online resources and videos for children age 7+ to do at home
- Science at Home with Lisa offers a range of resources and videos for home-based learning
- Kew Garden’s Endeavour site offers a range of resources and activities which can be adapted for home or in-school learning
- The Natural History Museum has a range of Try this at Home Resources
- The Science Museum has a range of learning resources which includes Kitchen Science
- The Virtual Explorers Club has some free resources for remote investigations and experiments
- Let’s Go Live with Maddie and Greg is a range of science videos
- Carry out investigations with the CREST At Home Challenges
- The Ogden Trust has a range of resources
- The Institute of Physics has Experiments to do at home with Marvin and Milo from
- Science Sparks has a broad range of experiments for children
That’s a great list to get my teeth into. Do you know if there any live online events taking place during science week? There are! Science Live has a list of events suitable for primary children. Alternatively, you could arrange online ‘visits’ via the STEM Ambassadors webpage.
And are there any science specific books we can share with children during science week? The ASE selects a shortlist every year for its ASE Book of The Year award. Have a look here for its shortlisted books from the past 5 years. Additionally, the STEM website has a list of stories through which to teach science, organised by age, while Books for Topics includes book lists for National Curriculum science topics. The National Literacy Trust has also produced an Early Years reading list specifically for the 2021 science week.
In a nutshell… Science week is going to be a bit different this year, but where there’s a will there’s a way!
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