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Q&A with course educators

All online CPD courses from STEM Learning provide an opportunity to ask the educators more detailed questions as part of the course Q&A session. Topics The Q&A session was recorded …

What if? questions

Posing a hypothetical question gets the children thinking and reasoning without the worry of not knowing the answer. There could be many different and valid answers. These type of questions …

Zoom in, zoom out

Zoom In, Zoom Out activities begin with showing children an extremely zoomed in image of something. The children suggest what it could be and are encouraged to give reasons for …

Odd one out

Odd One Out activities help develop observation and discussion skills. You need 3 pictures or 3 real objects that are clearly linked. There are no incorrect answers, meaning that every …

PMI: Plus, minus, interesting

In these activities, children will be asked to think about and explain their reasoning behind the positive, minuses (negative aspects) and interesting points to a specific scenario, for example: a …

Thinking and reasoning in the classroom

To help children develop their thinking and reasoning skills we need to give them time to think and chances to respond. Researcher Mary Budd Rowe investigated the effects of the …

Whole class investigation: investigating

This is the second part of the lesson, where the students put their plans into practice and conduct a scientific investigation. At the end of the video, the teacher discusses …

The importance of thinking and reasoning skills

In an ever changing world, it is critical that we teach our children how to develop scientific thinking and reasoning skills. ‘Most scientists will concede that, although they seek truth, …

Progression of enquiry skills

The English National Curriculum aims to ensure that all children: develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. develop understanding of the nature, …

Whole class investigation: planning

These two videos follow a whole class investigation. The children are Year 5 (age 9 and 10) and they are learning about forces. The lesson follows the entire investigation process …

The bigger picture

The English National Curriculum states the 5 enquiry types that children must cover throughout their time at primary school. Last week we discovered these were: Observation over time Pattern seeking …

Skills for Working Scientifically

If you look at the English National Curriculum for Science, you’ll find these skills identified within the Programme of Study, particularly within the statutory requirements for Working Scientifically: Questioning Predicting …

Planning a unit of work

In this step we would like you to have a go at planning a unit of work for your children. If you don’t yet have a class, choose an age …