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Did you know?

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Animals, Biodiversity & Habitats, Climate Science, Electricity, Energy, Evolution & Inheritance, Forces, Light, Plants, Properties & Uses of Materials, Rocks, Fossils and Soils, Sound, Space, States of Matter

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Enrichment, Practical Science, Science Enquiry, Scientists and their work, Topical Science

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5-7, 7-9, 9-12

Cutting-edge research can be linked to primary science curriculum topics.

Aimed at teachers and adults interested in introducing cutting-edge science research projects to primary age children, PSTT has created freely downloadable Did you know? articles which are linked to primary science curriculum topics.

Articles are written in language that primary children can understand and suggest questions for children to consider.

Accompanying Teacher Guides (which can be used a classroom presentations) describe activities and investigations that children can do related to the research.

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Did you know? still links to cutting-edge science but now with the following improvements:

  • Reading opportunities to help children understand how science is applied in the world around them.
  • Guidance for teachers to improve science capital by encouraging pupils to connect science learning to world events.
  • Teacher Guides are now made simpler by linking the research to one primary science topic and one learning objective within that topic.
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States of Matter

Computers Can Measure the Happiness of a City

Curriculum focus: Gases and Air pollution

Enrichment, Practical Science, Science Enquiry, Scientists and their work, Topical Science | 7-9, 9-12

slug on grass

Properties & Uses of Materials

Slug Slime Might Be the Answer for Medical Adhesives

Curriculum focus: Properties and uses of materials (adhesives)

Enrichment, Practical Science, Science Enquiry, Scientists and their work, Topical Science | 7-9, 9-12

axolotl swimming

Animals

Miracle Healing Could Come From the Axolotl

Curriculum links: DNA code

Enrichment, Practical Science, Science Enquiry, Scientists and their work, Topical Science | 7-9, 9-12

a simple illustration of a whale

Biodiversity & Habitats, Energy, Sound

Whale Song is Changing

Curriculum focus: Sound / Environmental change

Enrichment, Practical Science, Science Enquiry, Scientists and their work, Topical Science | 7-9, 9-12

woman sneezing into tissue

Animals

Catching Flu Might Depend on the Type of Place in Which You Live

Curriculum focus: Staying healthy (viruses)

Enrichment, Practical Science, Science Enquiry, Scientists and their work, Topical Science | 7-9, 9-12

Komodo dragon

Animals

Dragons Could Save Us From Bad Bacteria

Curriculum focus: Staying healthy (bacteria)

Enrichment, Practical Science, Science Enquiry, Scientists and their work, Topical Science | 7-9, 9-12

Bee on a flower

Biodiversity & Habitats, Plants

What is Happening to the Bees

Curriculum links: Insect pollination / Environmental change

Enrichment, Practical Science, Science Enquiry, Scientists and their work, Topical Science | 7-9, 9-12

moth

Biodiversity & Habitats, Evolution & Inheritance

Evolution of Life in Cities

Curriculum focus: Adaptation / Evolution

Enrichment, Practical Science, Science Enquiry, Scientists and their work, Topical Science | 7-9, 9-12

hands washing

Properties & Uses of Materials

The Science of Hand-Washing

Curriculum focus: Properties & uses of materials (soap)

Enrichment, Practical Science, Science Enquiry, Scientists and their work, Topical Science | 5-7, 7-9, 9-12

animation of a magnet displaying north and south ends

Forces

What Small Magnetic Robots Can Do

Curriculum focus: Magnetism

Enrichment, Practical Science, Science Enquiry, Scientists and their work, Topical Science | 7-9, 9-12

red blood cells

Animals

Blood Tests Could Detect Cancers

Curriculum focus: Human body parts/ Disease.

Enrichment, Practical Science, Science Enquiry, Scientists and their work, Topical Science | 7-9, 9-12

dry plains with a trees widely dispersed, mountains in the distance and blue skies with some clouds

States of Matter

Water Can be Harvested From the Air in Very Dry Climates

Curriculum links: Condensation and evaporation

Enrichment, Practical Science, Science Enquiry, Scientists and their work, Topical Science | 7-9, 9-12

It helped me think like a scientist as it gave me ideas to base my own ideas on.

Rose (aged 9) Devon

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About the project

What are the benefits of introducing cutting-edge research to children?

  • Children learn how current science research has an impact on real-life.
  • By carrying out related investigations in the classroom, children can imagine themselves as scientists.
  • Children’s attitudes towards science research and scientists are enriched.
  • Children’s science capital is enhanced.

Download these guides to find out more about the project and how to use I bet you didn’t know… resources in your classroom.

Guidance

IBYDK Guidance

Meet the Team

IBYDK team

Further reading

IBYDK Publications

Safety Notice & Disclaimer

PSTT advises teachers to refer to either the CLEAPSS website or SSERC website for up to date health and safety information when planning practical activities for children.

PSTT is not liable for the actions or activities of any reader or anyone else who uses the information in these resource pages or the associated classroom materials. PSTT assumes no liability with regard to injuries or damage to property that may occur as a result of using the information contained in these resources. PSTT recommends that a full risk assessment is carried out before undertaking in the classroom any of the practical investigations contained in the resources.

All materials are ©Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and are freely available to download and share for educational purposes. Whilst educators are free to adapt the resources to suit their own needs, acknowledgement of copyright on all original materials must be included. Rights to images included in the resource have been purchased for PSTT use only – as such, these images may only be used as part of this resource and may not copied into or used in other materials.