pstt's primary science magazine
Supporting excellent teaching and learning in primary science
NEW: Summer 2022
Use our new resources for science enquiry, inclusion and EY. 'Take The Plastic Pledge!' in our climate science section, learn all about new activities from Explorify and much more!
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.
- Pictures for Talk
- Climate Science
- Common Misconceptions
- The Why & How Challenge
- Cutting-edge research linked with primary science curriculum topics
Spring 2022 (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!
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.
SUMMER 2021 (Issue 12)
Download our summer issue for whole school curriculum planning, a free sample unit from 'I Can Explain!', and much more!
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.
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!
SUMMER 2020 (Issue 9)
Download our summer issue for plenty of resources to support school closures and home learning.
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'.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Summer 2022 - Pictures for Talk
Spring 2022 - Pictures for Talk
Autumn 2021 - Pictures for Talk
Summer 2021 - PICTURES FOR TALK
Theme: Spiny leaf insect
Spring 2021 - PICTURES FOR TALK
PICTURES FOR TALK BOOKLET
10 images included
Autumn 2020 - Pictures for talk
Theme: Pollen from a sunflower
Spring 2020 - Pictures for talk
Theme: Lemon and lime water
Autumn 2019 - Pictures for talk
Theme: Cobra eggs
Summer 2019 - Pictures for talk
Theme: 'Last House on Holland Island'
ISSUE 5 Welsh LANGUAGE - Lluniau i drafod gwyddoniaeth gynradd
Spring 2019 - Pictures for talk
Theme: Watercolour painted in 1830 based on fossil evidence
Autumn 2018 - Pictures for talk
Theme: Drawing with many objects
Summer 2018 - Pictures for talk
Spring 2018 - Pictures for Talk
Theme: Type of jellyfish
Autumn 2017 - Pictures for Talk
Theme: Tree inside a house
Summer 2022 - Climate Science
Creative approaches to the climate challenge - learn how to get your pupils involved
Spring 2022 - Climate Science
Available recordings for classroom and CPD use from the Primary Climate Science Symposium PLUS biodiversity resources
Autumn 2021 - Climate Science
Primary Climate Science Symposium
Summer 2021 - CLIMATE SCIENCE
Spot the difference
Spring 2021 - CLIMATE SCIENCE
Recommended classroom resources
Autumn 2020 - CLIMATE SCIENCE
Supporting children with eco-anxiety
Summer 2020 - CLIMATE SCIENCE
Connecting with nature and caring for the earth
Spring 2020 - CLIMATE SCIENCE
Supporting resources for the primary classroom
Autumn 2019 - Climate Science
Microplastics in our seas
Summer 2022 - Explorify
New Explorify activities, Helpful Reads for Science Leads and a sneak preview of a new 'Have you ever?' category
Spring 2022 - Explorify
Meet the Explorify Engagement Leaders
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.
SPRING 2021 - COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS
SUMMER 2019 - Common Misconceptions
Theme: States of Matter
SPRING 2019 (WELSH LANGUAGE) - Common Misconceptions
Theme: Liferi a phwlïau
SPRING 2019 - Common Misconceptions
AUTUMN 2018 - Common Misconceptions
Theme: Science and Fiction
SUMMER 2018 - Common Misconceptions
SPRING 2018 - Common Misconceptions
AUTUMN 2017 - Common Misconceptions
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.
Spring 2020 - Why & How Challenge
Making a mobile
Autumn 2019 - Why & How Challenge
'O' ring flyer
Summer 2019 - Why & How challenge
Spring 2019 (Welsh language) - Yr Her Pam a Sut
Spring 2019 - Why & How Challenge
Autumn 2018 - Why & How Challenge
Summer 2018 - Why & How Challenge
Spring 2018 - Why & How Challenge
Rubber band cars
Autumn 2017 - Why & How Challenge
Autumn 2017 - Why & How Challenge
Paper Spinners Template