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Great Science Share for Schools 2023 and Explorify
The Great Science Share is a great way for pupils to engage in science, share their ideas, and work co-operatively with others. The theme for this year is Science Around Us, which is an exciting way for children to recognise and understand how science works in their everyday life. If you are yet to decide on your topic or if you are looking for an interesting activity to inspire children’s questions, Explorify can help.
New Explorify Early Years activities
Calling all Early Years teachers! Explorify has just published over 40 new activities which have been designed especially for children aged 3 -5 years old.
Let’s start Celebrating Scientists
We know that representation matters and often if children can’t see it, they can’t be it. Role models are vital if we want more children to consider STEM careers. Here at Explorify, we have created a new science topic called ‘Celebrating Scientists’ providing teachers with easy-to-use resources which relate the work of scientists to the primary science curriculum.
British Science Week 2023 - getting ready
British Science Week will soon be with us again.
Explorify – looks great, but how does it work? Guidance for ECT and ITT/ITE trainees.
Trainee/Student Teachers, Early Career Teachers – you’ve come to the right place! Here’s the lowdown on how Explorify works and how it can supercharge your science lessons by supporting children’s scientific thinking and talking.
Black History Month
Explorify is sharing the stories of less well-known individuals and their valuable contributions to science.
Five new things about Explorify
...that will be helpful when planning for next year.
Discover your teacher superpower!
Explorify’s Planning Support Sessions are not to be missed. In only 30 minutes, they will showcase engaging activities, share expert tips, and supercharge your science topic!
Make maths meaningful with Explorify
It’s National Numeracy Day on 18th May so here’s a handful of Explorify activities that will provide a context in which to exercise those maths skills.
Get excited for the Great Science Share for Schools 2022!
This year’s Great Science Share for Schools is all about Climate Action. It falls on 14th June and we've got a great variety of activities to help you make the most of it!
Preparing for Ofsted
If you are the Science Subject Leader at your school, you should expect a “deep dive” when Ofsted visit. As a core subject, the majority of schools are reporting that science is one of the subjects chosen by Inspectors to examine in detail. This is known as a “deep dive”.
British Science Week 2022
This year, British Science Week runs for 10 days from 11th – 20th March and there are lots of ways to get involved.
Meet our new team members!
We are delighted to welcome Rebecca Ellis, Robin James, Jo Moore, and Stacey Reid to the Explorify team, beginning January 2022.
Protecting ourselves from infectious diseases
Teaching during a pandemic means sometimes fielding tricky questions. This article should equip you to know enough about microorganisms and how they affect us and our bodies to be able to respond with confidence.
Who are the scientists of today?
How can teachers address the gender split within science, encouraging young learners to see and understand science's relevance and benefits to society?
Explorify at home
Find out how Explorify can support with teaching science at home during school closures, periods of quarantine and home education.
Explorify at home: Birds
This collection of activities about birds is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!
Fun science with feathered friends!
Explore the science related to birds and their habitats.
Take part in the Big Schools' Birdwatch!
Wherever your little scientists are learning at the moment, they can take part in science.
'Tis the season to have fun with science
Deck the school hall with boughs of science…
Branch out – with the science of trees
Inspired by Trees? Your little scientists will love these tree themed activities.
Have a scientific Outdoor Classroom Day!
Take your learning outside this Outdoor Classroom Day!
The results are in - Explorify is working!
Support for primary science provision is improving. Louise Stubberfield looks at Explorify’s impact so far, and shares our next steps for the project.
Explore the science behind cycling!
Bike To School Week runs from 28th September - 2nd October. It's a great opportunity to create learning experiences for your class around all things two-wheeled!
Top 10 tips for new science leaders!
Are you a new science lead? We've got 10 tips to help you start the year with confidence and a brand new toolkit!
Explorify at home: Learning outdoors - living things
Children love learning outdoors and the positive effects on their mental and physical wellbeing have been well documented. This collection takes your children’s learning outdoors with a focus on living things.
Explorify at home: Habitats
This collection of activities about habitats is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!
Explorify at home: Sound
This collection of activities about sound is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!
Explorify at home: Light
This collection of activities about light is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!
Explorify at home: Human body
This collection of activities about the human body is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!
Explorify at home: Fossils and evolution
This collection of activities about fossils and evolution is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!
Explorify at home: Earth, seasons and time
This collection of activities about the Earth, seasons and time is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!
Explorify at home: Changing materials
This collection of activities about changing materials is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!
Explorify at home: Forces
This collection of activities about forces is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!
Explorify at home: Classification
This collection of activities about classification is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!
Explorify at home: Properties of materials
This collection of activities about the properties of materials is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!
Explorify at home: Plants
This collection of activities about plants is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!
The Primary Science Capital Project
Eight-year-old Dean is a white, working-class Londoner who doesn’t usually engage much during science lessons. As he tells his teacher, Ms Lessing, he’s going to be a footballer when he’s older, so he doesn’t think he needs to learn science…
British Science Week 2020
This year, British Science Week runs for 10 days from 6th - 15th March and it's all about our diverse planet.
Put science into sport!
We have dozens of exciting activities to make your science super sporty!
Go to Mars with Explorify!
The European Space Agency launched a Mars rover to look for signs of life on the red planet. We’ve got lots of activities to help you inspire your little scientists to be space explorers!
Activities to take you to the end of term!
Need some inspiration for a fun Explorify activity for your class before the end of term? Try some of these to keep your little scientists engaged!
Let's go to space!
You don't need to go to space to explore the fascinating science about it. Try one of these activities today!
Explore the science of the solstice
Let's look at the STEM topics you can cover when exploring both a solstice and equinox.
Exercise your mind and body!
Let's focus in on activities around the human body and consider how exercise and environment affect it!
Plant some activities in your dashboard!
From new shoots to habitats and seasonal growth, there's a huge amount to discover when exploring plants!
Eggs for Easter and beyond!
Easter is coming and we’ve picked some egg-cellent activities for you to try with your class!
Raise the profile of science across your whole school with PSQM!
You’ve done a great job raising the profile of science in your classroom using Explorify, now let’s raise the profile of science
across the whole school!
Carry on watching winter!
BBC's Live Lesson on Winterwatch has stacks of links to Explorify activities. Use this handy list to extend the learning experience with your class, with an activity or two!
Creating a shared vision for science – why and how?
Carla Wallington looks back on her first year as a Science Lead and reflects on the steps she took to create a shared vision for science across the school.
Get your class thinking scientifically about how the body uses food, why we have teeth and how important exercise is, with these fun activities.
The science of sleep
Does a squirrel hibernate, or do they just stash food for the winter? Explore sleep and hibernation further with these activities that are sure to keep your class alert!
Winter is coming
Or is here already - depending on whether you're using an astronomical or meteorological calendar! As the Christmas holidays beckon, here are some fun and festive activities to keep your little scientists engaged until the end of term bell rings!
You've got the power!
Electricity will fascinate your pupils when you ask them to think about all the things it powers. Charge up your class's enthusiasm with these activities.
Habitats around the world!
Different animals and plants thrive in different habitats. Let's take a look at how they live. Your pupils will learn about the world around them near and far and develop their scientific thinking as they explore the inhabitants.
Take flight with bird activities!
With the RSPB's Big Schools' Birdwatch in full swing from January 5th to February 21st 2022, it's a perfect time to explore all things avian!
Light up your class with science!
Fire and light present many opportunities for a curious mind, so we've collated a series of activities to inspire your class to think like scientists when they see the fireworks displays this year.
Science in motion
From a paper plane to the gears of a bicycle, force is a fun topic to explore with your little scientists.
The wind of change
October brings seasonal change and a great opportunity to explore the science of seasons while seeing the change outside your classroom window.
We’ve put together a selection of activities you can use to explore the use of materials and their impact on the environment.
Meet the author: Andrea Beaty
Andrea Beaty is the author of a series of books about curious classmates; Architect Iggy, Scientist Ada and Engineer Rosie. Illustrated by the Scottish illustrator, David Roberts, the books tell the stories of hopelessly curious children who overcome hurdles to pursue their passions.
Meet the teacher: Ben Thwaites
Ben is an Assistant Headteacher and Science Co-ordinator in his Primary School. We spoke to him about highlighting science across
the wider curriculum and across his local network of schools.
Let's think about oceans
If you’re studying oceans, here are some fun activities to kickstart scientific thinking skills in your class.
Top 5 Tips for taking learning outside!
Need some help taking your classroom outside? We're
here to help!
Meet the author: Dominic Walliman
We interviewed Dominic Walliman, author of the Professor Astrocat books. Illustrated by Ben Newman, Walliman’s schoolfriend, the books take a fun-filled approach to scientific concepts. Walliman also runs the Youtube channel Domain of Science, where he explains STEM subjects in an engaging, accessible way.
Explorify your Staff Meeting!
Are you a science enthusiast looking to share the benefits
of Explorify? We've written a presentation to help you
spread the word!
Meet the author: MG Leonard
MG Leonard is the author of the Beetle Boy trilogy of books, and her latest book is the Beetle Collector’s Handbook.