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.
Plant shoots growing
This year’s theme for British Science Week is ‘growth’ and you can download some excellent resources from their website to run with your class.
Our Surviving on Mars activity is one of many featured in the pack. Growth is one of the signs of life. Mars rovers are being used to explore the possibilities of life on Mars. In this activity, the children will be designing an animal that could survive on Mars. What would it look like?
For the younger children, there are lots of activities to support exploring being plant detectives and finding out who lives in their local trees. Have a look at Craggy surface, What if we did not plant trees? Spring flowers, Spooky animals and Brown and bumpy.
Here are a few other activities to get you started with this year’s theme, ‘growth’. Let’s explore!
- Growing in hot and cold places Get your class thinking about what are the best conditions to grow plants?
- How does your garden grow? If your class could invent the ‘best’ garden plant, what would it look like?
- Falling into place Take a look at this video of autumnal changes in the UK. From autumn leaves to toadstools!
- What if we planted a plant from Earth on Mars? Get your class thinking about this big question, would a plant be able to survive in a place where the water is all frozen?
- Shooting sprouts View a timelapse video of a selection of bean seeds germinating.
Animals, including humans
- When we were young Can your class guess what baby mammals they are listening to?
- Born to dance Watch this video to see a progression in the dancers ages, and with that their different capabilities and skills.
- Very hungry caterpillars A great video for showing how some animals have distinct stages and cycles to their development.
- Coming out to play Watch a monarch butterfly emerging from its chrysalis.
- Wildlife in the pond Get your class thinking which is the Odd One Out among these three pond animals.
Living things and their habitats
- Green for growth Zoom out on mould growing on a piece of bread. Will your class guess what it is?
- Unexpected eggs Spark a conversation with this video of reptile eggs hatching.
- Swirly structure Take a closer look at this insect-made structure.
- Making tracks Put your class’ observation skills to the test as they compare these tracks and the animals that left them.
- What if the ice caps melted? And finally, to throw a curve ball. Sort of the opposite of a growing thing, a shrinking thing!
Look out for much more on British Science week using the Twitter hashtag #BSW22.
We hope you enjoy exploring during British Science Week! Sign-in or sign-up for more free primary science activities today!