upper primary students observing a science investigation in their classroom

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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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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.

You might have noticed some improvement if you’ve been a long time user of I bet you didn’t know… We have recently updated the resource to Did you know? – this resource 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.

Learn more about this exciting resource from our recent webinar. Professional learning events can be found here – including a 40-minute session all about Did you know? and how you can use it in your classroom.

Interested in a new article and Teacher Guide to explore this summer?

Find out how climate models can be used to help cities prepare for sports events such as the Paris Olympics

Be sure to share our latest Did you know? activity with your class if you are teaching about circulation, the impact of exercise on our bodies, staying healthy in warmer weather, or if you have sports day coming up, you are talking about the Paris Olympics, or about climate change.

The article could be discussed with the class (or read independently by older primary children) and includes questions about the effects of exercise on your body for children to consider. The accompanying Teacher Guide describes an activity to investigate the effects of different types of activity on heart rate. Download available below.

an athlete laying down on a track appearing exhausting after running a race

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Looking up at trees

Climate Science, Plants

Tree Restoration – It’s Now or Never

Curriculum focus: Trees / Climate change

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

Red squirrel

Animals, Evolution & Inheritance

Red Squirrels Adapt to the Food They Eat

Curriculum focus: Adaptation (diet & teeth)

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

a young child walking on a path outside, turned around to view the camera wearing a mask

Properties & Uses of Materials

Which Face Masks You Should Wear

Curriculum focus: Properties and uses of materials (fabrics)

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

Microphone and plant illustration

Plants

Can Plants Hear & Respond to Sounds?

Curriculum focus: Adaptation (plants)

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

Bamboo

Properties & Uses of Materials

Bamboo Could be Used to Make Cricket Bats

Curriculum focus: Properties of materials and their uses

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

vast ploughed field lined with growing plants

Biodiversity & Habitats, Plants

Plastics in Soil Affect the Survival of Plants & Worms

Curriculum focus: Plant growth / Environmental change

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

heaving raining causing flooding on a street in Thailand, with two people trying to drive through on their scooter

Climate Science, States of Matter

It’s Raining All Over the World

Curriculum focus: Weather / Climate change

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

Carina Nebula displaying star formation - the gas looks like large gold mountain formations

Energy, Light, Space

We Have Telescopes Out in Space Studying the Universe

Curriculum focus: Light / Space

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

Sealion

Animals, Evolution & Inheritance

Why & How Scientists Measure Mammals’ Whiskers

Curriculum focus: Adaptation (whiskers)

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

Two rhinos at water

Evolution & Inheritance, Rocks, Fossils and Soils

The Fossilised Secrets of the Rhino and the Beetle

Curriculum focus: Fossils

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

close image of purple flowers in a meadow with two bees in focus

Biodiversity & Habitats

Floral Scents May be Changed by Air Pollutants

Curriculum focus: Adaptation

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

Three pupils learning

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.