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.
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.
Being able to read, write and speak well underpins a child’s chances of success at school, at work and in life. But how do we begin to inspire children to pick up a book or a pen when it is often the last thing they want to do? Jim Sells from the National Literacy Trust shares some ideas and resources for connecting reading to sport for motivating students.
Challenging students to think deeply and make connections is not always easy, but can pay dividends in the long run. Julie McGrane and David Leat show how Thinking Skills can be employed in an innovative, cross-curriculum approach.