Learning Resources

Science in the Making offers a great opportunity for teachers to enable their students to work scientifically using original source material. Teachers from the Royal Society Schools Network have developed some curriculum-linked lesson plans and resources that we have shared below for you to use in your classroom. Please browse the shared resources and lesson plans to find inspiration, or share content with your colleagues. Looking for something specific, such as resources on teeth, fossils or light? On the Themes page you’ll find a search tool and a collection of tags linking to specific content.

You will also find a link below to our other educational resources, including the Brian Cox School Experiments, and Inspiring Scientists.

Have you developed teaching materials based on Science in the Making or used our resources in class? Get in touch to share your thoughts.

Lesson Plans

 

Key Stage 1

Observing Animals This lesson about animal classification uses primary sources from a 1902 Antarctic Expedition, with links to the KS1 Working Scientifically curriculum objectives and Year 1 Animals Including Humans objectives.

Comparing Journeys -This lesson looks at the differences between modern day scientific exploration and that which took place around 120 years ago, with links to the Science, History and English National Curriculum objectives for KS1/Year 2.

Sledge InvestigationThis lesson looks at the properties and uses of materials using historical expeditions to the Antarctic as an interesting context. The lesson covers Working Scientifically curriculum objectives for Key Stage 1 and Uses of Everyday Materials objectives for Year 2.

Illustrating ScienceThis lesson encourages pupils to take close observations and create scientific drawings using the Science in the Making resources, with National Curriculum links to the Year 1 Animals including Humans objectives.

 

Key Stage 2 

Habitat journal - This lesson about animal classification uses primary sources from a 1902 Antarctic Expedition, with links to the LKS2 Working Scientifically curriculum objectives and Year 4 Living Things and their Habitats objectives.

Comparing JourneysThis lesson looks at the differences between modern day scientific exploration and that which took place around 120 years ago, with links to the Science, History and English National Curriculum objectives for UKS2.

Ski InvestigationThis lesson looks at the properties and uses of materials using historical expeditions to the Antarctic as an interesting context. The lesson covers Working Scientifically curriculum objectives for Upper Key Stage 2 and Forces objectives for Year 5.

How Fossils Talk to UsThis lesson uses drawings of an ichthyosaur fossil from 1820 to engage pupils in close observation skills, theory-making and presenting ideas in an effective way. The activities link to the Working Scientifically National Curriculum objectives for UKS2 and the Year 6 objectives on Evolution and Inheritance, as well as providing opportunities for pupils to work on speaking and listening and ICT skills.