In this issue the activities reflect not only the climate emergency but the equally important issue of ecological breakdown.
Many people believe coding is the key to future careers, but so few young people are developing these skills. Tabi Bude shows how a new initiative, the Wonder Robot, is teaching students to code in a fun and playful way.
In our ongoing series about the curriculum, science expert Ed Walsh highlights the key points to consider when teaching physics-based topics in Key Stage 3.
Broaden the curriculum and take a break from screen time with these podcasts, which are great for supporting and inspiring students in a variety of contexts.
Abstract concepts relating to DNA can be challenging for students. Dr Mandy Hartley offers a framework for teaching it in primary school, allowing students to visualise and engage with DNA, laying a strong foundation for curiosity and inquiry.
Finding opportunities for interactions within the classroom is crucial for empowering students to take ownership of their learning and gain deeper conceptual understanding. Continuing on from their previous article in CTL (Cultivating a Culture of Thinking), teachers Jeff Watson and Roger Winn continue to share how the ‘Cultures of Thinking’ model is changing their Maths and Science classrooms.
Bringing Zombies, Harry Potter and Disney fairy tales into the classroom is a great way of sparking imagination and allowing children to find meaning in STEM activities. Edward Kang and Amy Schwartzbach-Kang share how their work is inspiring children to love learning about science and maths.
Cultural forces exist in all classrooms that can be leveraged to develop a culture of thinking. Jeff Watson and Roger Winn demonstrate how to harness these forces to develop students’ thinking skills in secondary Maths and Chemistry classrooms.
Students at Robert Woodard Academy are finding answers to the complexities of climate change through a new initiative by the Institute for Research in Schools. STEM leader Darren Harman reports.
Kane Chapman, science teacher at Peacehaven Community School in East Sussex, has found social media channels are boosting students’ interest and understanding of his subject. He began by using Twitter to showcase exemplary pieces of his students’ work and is now pioneering Snapchat, the mobile image and messaging app, as a revision tool.
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Becky Sage shows how new technology is bringing interdisciplinary and creative thinking to the science classroom, opening up new opportunities for students to use their imaginations and make connections.
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Science specialist Mary Howell presents approaches to the KS3 biology curriculum.
Creating thoughtful, articulate and knowledgeable students is at the heart of a new initiative to balance out the more narrowly focused A Level curriculum. Head Teacher Roland Martin outlines his Free Minds programme.