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Our Current Spring 2022 Issue

Issue 14

Meet our new Explorify Engagement Leaders and some of our newest College Fellows. Don't miss out on free resources including pictures for talk, climate science education support and much more!

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Why & How? magazine is for anyone who has an interest in primary science. Our FREE termly magazine has been designed to offer practical support as well as to update readers with news, research, projects and key dates. Each issue contains the following sections, which you can download individually below.


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AUTUMN 2021 (Issue 13)

Once a newsletter, now a magazine! Download to see our new look. You’ll still find familiar sections with plenty of free resources. In this issue, you’ll get a sample unit of 'Science in My Pocket', information on the Primary Climate Science Symposium and engaging pictures to use with your class.

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SUMMER 2021 (Issue 12)

Download our summer issue for whole school curriculum planning, a free sample unit from 'I Can Explain!', and much more!

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SPRING 2021 (Issue 11)

We have a NEW ready-to-go 'Whistlestop Science Weeks' resource that can be done at home or school. Plus, free 'Starters for Science' to support teachers with a series of five-minute videos to get started with practical science enquiry.

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AUTUMN 2020 (Issue 10)

Download our autumn issue to get the PSTT science subject leader toolkit, free 'Titanic Science' practical science videos from SSERC and more!

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SUMMER 2020 (Issue 9)

Download our summer issue for plenty of resources to support school closures and home learning.

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Spring 2020 (Issue 8)

Inside this issue, you'll find tons of goodies! Download for resources to support climate science education, pictures for talk in science and complete lesson and resources from 'Standing on the Shoulders of Giants'.

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Autumn 2019 (Issue 7)

Don't miss out on the Why & How? Challenge by turning an 'O' ring flyer investigation into an exciting whole school challenge. Download to see our new resources to support climate education for primary children and much more!

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Summer 2019 (Issue 6)

Inside this issue you'll find Children's University STEM club resources and a new 'I bet you didn't know' article about electrical signals and biology. Plus, all your favourites: Pictures for Talk, The Why & How Challenge, Common Misconceptions and more!

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GWANWYN 2019 YN Y GYMRAEG (Rhifyn 5)

Lawrlwythwch ein rhifyn Gwanwyn er mwyn cael adnoddau parod a gwybodaeth am gamsyniadau cyffredin am lifrau, pwliau a gerau. Bydd awgrymiadau yma hefyd ar sut i addysgu gwyddoniaeth gynradd oddi wrth gymrodorion ein coleg a dyddiadau pwysig.


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Spring 2019 (Issue 5)

Download our Spring issue for ready-to-go resources and Common Misconceptions about levers, gears and pulleys. You'll also get some suggestions for teaching primary science from our College Fellows and important updates.

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Autumn 2018 (Issue 4)

Inside this issue, you'll find Common Misconceptions, Cleaning water using a molecular sieve and Pictures for talk in science. Download our autumn 2018 now!

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Summer 2018 (Issue 3)

PSTT College Fellow Beth Budden discusses how to deal with the complexities of teaching and learning about Evolution. Plus, plenty of free, ready-to-go, downloadable resources!

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Spring 2018 (Issue 2)

Don't miss our spring issue! Dealing with the complexities of teaching and learning about electricity, Free Science Trails sample, Picture for Talk and much more!

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Autumn 2017 (Issue 1)

Do you want to understand more regarding teaching and learning about light? Or how to calculate the age of a shark? We have these answers and more in our very first issue of Why&How? newsletter. Don't miss out!

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Pictures for Talk

Each issue includes a picture as a stimulus for talk. Starting with a picture is an open-ended, easily usable and inclusive approach to group talk in science. Pictures can be used with any age, and are hugely flexible; what might start out as a fifteen minute stand-alone activity, could lead to all sorts of other possibilities, e.g. investigations based on what the children identify they want to find out more about.

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Spring 2022 - Pictures for Talk

Theme: Igloos

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Autumn 2021 - Pictures for Talk

Theme: Water

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Summer 2021 - PICTURES FOR TALK

Theme: Spiny leaf insect

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Spring 2021 - PICTURES FOR TALK

Theme: Crystals

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PICTURES FOR TALK BOOKLET

10 images included

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Autumn 2020 - Pictures for talk

Theme: Pollen from a sunflower

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Spring 2020 - Pictures for talk

Theme: Lemon and lime water

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Autumn 2019 - Pictures for talk

Theme: Cobra eggs

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Summer 2019 - Pictures for talk

Theme: 'Last House on Holland Island'

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ISSUE 5 Welsh LANGUAGE - Lluniau i drafod gwyddoniaeth gynradd

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Spring 2019 - Pictures for talk

Theme: Watercolour painted in 1830 based on fossil evidence

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Autumn 2018 - Pictures for talk

Theme: Drawing with many objects

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Summer 2018 - Pictures for talk

Theme: Robot

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Spring 2018 - Pictures for Talk

Theme: Type of jellyfish

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Autumn 2017 - Pictures for Talk

Theme: Tree inside a house

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Climate Science

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Spring 2022 - Climate Science

Available recordings for classroom and CPD use from the Primary Climate Science Symposium PLUS biodiversity resources

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Autumn 2021 - Climate Science

Primary Climate Science Symposium

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ISSUE 12 - CLIMATE SCIENCE [1.01MB]

Spot the difference

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ISSUE 11 - CLIMATE SCIENCE [283.22kB]

Recommended classroom resources

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ISSUE 10 - CLIMATE SCIENCE [636.79kB]

Supporting children with eco-anxiety

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ISSUE 9 - CLIMATE SCIENCE [701.60kB]

Connecting with nature and caring for the earth

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ISSUE 8 - CLIMATE SCIENCE [546.34kB]

Supporting Resources for the Primary Classroom

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ISSUE 7 - Climate Science [1.49MB]

Microplastics in our seas

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Explorify

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Spring 2022 - Explorify

Meet the Explorify Engagement Leaders

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Common Misconceptions

We know how tricky it can sometimes be to deal with children’s common misconceptions, so in each issue we focus on a particular area of science and offer expert guidance on how to address them.

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SPRING 2021 - SOUND COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS

Issue 11

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SUMMER 2019 - States of Matter Common Misconceptions

Issue 6

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SPRING 2019 WELSH LANGUAGE - Common Misconceptions, Liferi a phwlïau

Issue 5

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SPRING 2019 - Levers Common Misconceptions

Issue 5

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AUTUMN 2018 - Science and Fiction Common Misconceptions

Issue 4

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SUMMER 2018 - Evolution Common Misconceptions

Issue 3

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SPRING 2018 - Electricity Common Misconceptions

Issue 2

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AUTUMN 2017 - Light Common Misconceptions

Issue 1

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Why & How Challenge

The Why & How Challenge is a regular pull-out feature for teachers to enjoy using with their class or as a Whole School Competition.

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ISSUE 8 - making a mobile why and how challenge [270.69kB]

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issue 7 - 'O' ring flyer Why & How challenge [139.69kB]

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Issue 6 - open-ended exploration Why & How challenge [225.65kB]

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issue 5 Welsh language - Yr Her Pam a Sut [215.87kB]

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issue 5 - observation Why & How challenge [223.80kB]

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issue 4 - chain reaction Why & How challenge [302.39kB]

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issue 3 - living things Why & How challenge [187.85kB]

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ISSUE 2 - rubber band cars Why & How challenge [124.48kB]

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ISSUE 1 - Paper Spinners Why & How challenge [121.74kB]

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ISSUE 1 - Paper Spinners Template [41.12kB]

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