Explorify and developing key skills
Supporting pupils' learning by reinforcing and developing their key skills is vital. How can Explorify help?
Watch teachers who have trialled Explorify in their classrooms tell us about their experiences.
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Supporting pupils' learning by reinforcing and developing their key skills is vital. How can Explorify help?
With a plethora of online resources and schemes of work available to primary teachers today, it can be easy to lose sight of exactly what you should be teaching.
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!
Are you a new science lead? We've got 10 tips to help you start the year with confidence and a brand new toolkit!
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.
‘Assessment is not something that happens in the plenary at the end of a lesson, it starts with planning and should be embedded throughout your teaching.’ Sarah Eames from Sandfield Close Primary School shares her tips on how to do assessment well.
Inheritance is a topic that many teachers feel a bit anxious teaching about. Read our guide and you might realise that you know a lot more than you thought you did!
During this period of school closures and phased re-opening, there is a range of excellent CPD available online from our friends at the National STEM Learning Centre.
Robbie Kirkman explores the role that learning science outdoors can play as children return to school.
Teaching about evolution can seem daunting and we worry about handling children’s ideas about this concept. But we’d like to reassure you that you know a lot more perhaps than you realise.
This collection of activities about habitats is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!
This collection of activities about sound is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!
This collection of activities about light is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!
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!
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!
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!
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!
This collection of activities about forces is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!
This collection of activities about classification is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!
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!
This collection of activities about plants is ideal to do at home with your little explorers. Enjoy a good afternoon of science each week!
Find out how Explorify can support teachers and children with their science during periods of quarantine and partial school closures.
A social justice approach to teaching primary science
Our friends at the National STEM Learning Centre have designed a range of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) all about teaching primary science. They are packed with practical ideas to inspire curiosity and support scientific enquiry.
This year’s Great Science Share for Schools is all about sustainability. It falls on 16th June and we've got a great variety of activities to help you make the most of it!
This year, British Science Week runs for 10 days from 6th - 15th March and it's all about our diverse planet.
Sport Relief runs from 9th - 13th March and we've made dozens of exciting new activities to get science into your sporty week!
Robust assessement needn't be difficult when you use the PLAN resources
Registrations for Mission X 2020 are now open! Join our friends at STEM Learning in a challenge that encourages students to train like an astronaut!
Michael Rosen thinks we need more play in our lives, and we couldn’t agree more! We have three new activities inspired by Michael’s Book of Play to help you become more playful in your classroom. What’s more, we have an opportunity for you to win a signed copy of his book!
A new Mars rover blasts off to look for signs of life on the red planet in 2022. We’ve got lots of new activities to help you inspire your little scientists to be space explorers!
Have you been wondering how to effectively plan science lessons to encapsulate knowledge, understanding and skills? Take a look at our planning examples for inspiration.
Have you been wondering how Explorify can support you as you encourage your pupils to work in a scientific way? Read our top tips to find out!
Working together to plan an investigation will really get your class thinking like scientists!
A question to make pupils think! Our What If? activities aren't designed for practical investigation, rather a fun way to help children place their ideas and thoughts in new contexts.
With these Odd One Out activities, there is no right or wrong answer! Encourage each child to say which is the odd one out for them after a discussion about similarities and differences.
Encourage children to discuss what's going on in these short, distraction-free videos! You'll find they naturally start to explain their thinking and apply their knowledge in new contexts.
Encourage your children to use their sense of touch, hearing and smell to work out what's contained in these mystery bags! A tried and tested favourite with teachers, spark curiosity and debate with a selection of everyday objects.
Our popular Zoom In, Zoom Out activities are sure to engage your class! Read our tips on how to get the most from this visually engaging activity.
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!
You don't need to go to space to explore the fascinating science about it. Try one of these activities today and celebrate 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon!
Let's look at the STEM topics you can cover when exploring both a solstice and equinox.
If you are changing schools, year groups, role or email address, make sure you follow these simple steps to keep your account up to date.
Let's focus in on activities around the human body and consider how exercise and environment affect it!
From new shoots to habitats and seasonal growth, there's a huge amount to discover when exploring plants!
Explorify supports your pupils to think like scientists – but that doesn’t mean it's only for science!
Easter is coming and we’ve picked some egg-cellent activities for you to try with your class!
Assessment is something teachers do all the time, yet assessment in science is a topic teachers often say they worry about. Let’s walk through a teaching sequence about classification.
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!
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!
Kulvinder Johal is a primary teacher at Northbury Primary School in Barking, London. We asked her about improving your confidence as a teacher and the importance of networks.
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.
Super Movers is a brilliant collaboration between the BBC and the Premier League and is perfect for combining thinking with exercise!
Get your class thinking scientifically about how the body uses food, why we have teeth and how important exercise is, with these fun activities.
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!
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!
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.
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.
With summer migration over and the autumn arrival of birds from colder climes in full swing, it's a perfect time to explore all things avian!
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.
From a paper plane to the gears of a bicycle, force is a fun topic to explore with your little scientists.
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.
When did you last hear that something really good for teaching is free? Welcome to Explorify, a free digital tool to help with science teaching. Developed by Wellcome, a global charitable foundation, Explorify is used by teachers in nearly 10,000 UK primary schools.
Calling all Explorify teachers all over the UK: you can now select the curriculum you are teaching and see activities tailored to it!
Explorify was created by Wellcome, who brought together lots of educational and scientific organisations to support primary science. But why is primary science important? And what part does Explorify play in a teacher’s journey? Watch this video to find out more.
Rebecca Johns is a Y3/4 teacher at Fochriw Primary School in a village near Merthyr Tydfill. Rebecca leads on STEM, ecoschools and Welsh.
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.
We’ve created some fab free stuff you can print and use in your classroom to help you and your class understand and visualise the progress you'll make on your Explorify journey.
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.
If you’re studying oceans, here are some fun activities to kickstart scientific thinking skills in your class.
One of our most requested features is now live!
Need some help taking your classroom outside? We're here to help!
Take your learning outside this Outdoor Classroom Day!
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.
Are you a science enthusiast looking to share the benefits of Explorify? We've written a presentation to help you spread the word!
Heather Beattie is a Primary 4 teacher at Newtownards in Northern Ireland, we asked her about teaching, science and what she thinks of Explorify!
Welcome to Explorify!
MG Leonard is the author of the Beetle Boy trilogy of books, and her latest book is the Beetle Collector’s Handbook.
Use these Explorify activities to build maths and numeracy skills with your class.
We’ve been working with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to help you take the hassle out of your lesson planning.
Explorify and literacy: find out how our science activities support writing, speaking, listening and more.
We interviewed Laura Meade, Learning Resources Co-ordinator at the Science Museum – and asked her to pick her top five activities!
Your lowdown on Explorify's programme, from Louise Stubberfield, our programme manager for primary science
We spoke to Susan Little, head of Key Stage 2 at Wiggonby Primary School in Cumbria. We asked her all about teaching, her experience with Explorify and the impact it had on her class.
Of our nine different activity types, this one’s a consistent favourite. Watch our video and see why.
Meet Louise, who’s been working at Wellcome for the last four years.