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the Great Science Share

The Great Science Share is an annual campaign to inspire primary and secondary children to share their scientific questions with new audiences. It gives children the opportunity to “Think about science-Talk about science - Share some science” This year, families can join in with The Great Science Share with a range of weekly themes and resources to use at home.

 

Throughout May, we will share weekly activities for you to do at home and to encourage you to think about the scientific questions you will raise. Then on the 16th June, it will be the Great Science Share Day. On this day, we can ask questions and come up with solutions to help meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

You can tweet about your scientific findings and your scientific questions each week to the school Twitter account @stannespri and to @GreatSciShare using the hash-tag #GreatSciShare.

Week Five: 1st -7th June 

UN World Environment Day  

 Climate action has been so much part of the past year, with inspiration from Greta Thunberg. Be the inspiration for your friends and families by sharing questions about your environment, health and wellbeing. Global Sustainability Goal 13: Climate Action. 

Share your questions about waste and making the most of our resourcesDownload this weeks question maker here. 

What do you wonder about? 

  • How clean is the air near to where I live? 
  • How will climate change effect different parts of the world? 
  • What can I do to reduce my impact on the environment or make a positive impact? 

Inspirational things to try

  • Learn the difference between climate and weather and what we mean by climate change through this fab explanation by WWF. 
  • Join us forWonder Wednesday Live lesson with @DrChips_ on 3 June 2020 at 10am 
  • #AskAQuestion: Connect with Sarah Bridle, Professor of Astrophysics, who describes her journey from stars to food and climate change. 
  • Great Science Share Week 5 Question Marker  

 

Key Stage One Activities 

  •  Melting polar ice caps make a model of this phenomenon From: Science Sparks 
  •  Litter-ally terrible investigate the litter around school or home in this activity From: The IET 
  • Teachers Project Pack ideas for projects on Air Quality including a sticky investigation about air particles! From: PSTT and PSEC 

Key Stage Two Activities 

  •  The Big Balloon Blow-Up Work through a simple, hands-on investigation and learn about how scientists are working to save the planet by stopping cows burping! FROM: EBSOC, The Roslin Institute  
  • Concept cartoon Start a climate change conversation with this! From: Practical Action 
  • How can we clean our dirty water? Featuring Professor Brian Cox. Explore how filtration can be used to clean dirty water in this activity From: Royal Society 

Week Four: 25th 31st May 

Waste Warrior Week 

Our world’s resources are precious so we should rethink our waste as a resource that’s just waiting to be made into something useful! Find out about how our food and household items are produced. Think about what happens to your waste and what we can do to reduce it, reuse it or repurpose it. Global Sustainability Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production. 

Share your questions about waste and making the most of our resourcesDownload this weeks question maker here. 

What do you wonder about? 

  • How many miles has my lunch travelled to reach me? 
  • How long does it take for my empty bottle of water to be reused? 
    Which everyday materials are recyclable?

Inspirational things to try: 

Key Stage One Activities 

Key Stage Two Activities 

Week Three: 18th 24th May 

May National Scavenger Hunt Day 

National Scavenger Hunt Day is a day to enjoy the fun of a scavenger hunt. It’s time to look down, and look closely at the fascinating world around us. Hunt for habitats and living things in your spaces.  Global Sustainability Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities 

 

Share your questions about the habitats and living things all around us. Download this weeks question maker here. 

 

What do you wonder about? How many shades of green can I see near me? How many different colours can you see around you? Where can I find wildflowers? Which insects are in this habitat? 

Inspirational things to try: 

  • Sir David Attenborough recently celebrated his 90th birthday, here’s a short video featuring him showcasing the mind-blowing variety of life on Earth (see the video below)
  • Wonder Wednesday Live lesson with @DrChipson 20th May 2020 at 10am. 
  • #AskAQuestion: Find out how Dr Eleanor Raffan became interested in variation between species. 
  • Great Science Share Week 3 Question Marker 

Key Stage One Activities 

Key Stage Two Activities 

  • Leaf it Explore and enjoy measuring leaves. From: Institution of Engineering & Technology 
  • Woodland Plant Survey Identify the different plants growing in different places. From: Trees for Learning 
  • Edible Life Cycle Make a butterfly life cycle. From: Science Sparks 

Week Two: 11th May-17th May 

The Royal Astronomical Society is Celebrating 200 Years! 

Let’s shoot to the stars and celebrate the Royal Astronomical Society’s 200th birthday! Be inspired to look upwards and to think about the place we have in the Universe, amongst the planets and the variety of stars that light up our sky. 

Share your questions about the universe planets and stars. You can download the question frame to help you write your questions.  

What do you wonder about? Do you every think about how a meteorite is formed? Do you ever daydream about the day we will be able to live on other planets? Do you ever wonder what would a world without gravity be like? 

Inspirational things to try: 

  • In 2020, the Hubble Space Telescope achieves its 30th year in orbit. What did Hubble see on your birthday? 
  • Wonder Wednesday Live lesson with @DrChipson 13th May 2020 at 10am.  
  • #AskAQuestion: Find out how Dr Sheila Kanani, from The Royal Astronomical Society, discovered an interest in space and what question she has to share with you. 

Key Stage One Activities 

Key Stage 2 Activities 

  • Space RaceA fun recap of space history. From: Dorling Kindersley 
  • Make it to the moonSpace and art activities From: SunSpaceArt 
  • Research Cards: Moon Landings- Identify six key Moon landings that have made contributions to space exploration over the years From: Ogden Trust 

Week One: 4th May-10th May

International Dawn Chorus Day

Sustainability Goal: 15 Life on Land

International Dawn Chorus Day is held annually on the first Sunday in May, when people are encouraged to get up early to listen to bird song. Be inspired to take time to listen to wildlife sounds around you throughout the week.

Activities you can do:

  • Share your questions about the birds and wildlife where you live.
  • You can download the question spinner to help you write your questions.

Inspirational things to try:

Key Stage One Activities 

  • Sounds of Spring - Inspiration and related resources to keep a record of sounds of spring! From: RSPB 
  • Spot it: Birds Helpful spotter charts for all ages. From: RSPB 
  • Birds and Beaks Why do birds have different shaped beaks? From: Science Sparks 

Key Stage 2 Activities 

 Great Science Groove-along

A creative way to share science. Out for release w/o 4th May, you have until 4th June to create a short film of yourself, your family, friends and colleagues sharing science through movement and song. https://www.greatscienceshare.org/great-science-groove

Create your short film and send it to the great science share by 5th June 2020 to create the GREAT Science Groove-along. They will link them all together into one big film to showcase on 16th June 2020!

Note: By sharing your film you are opting in for it to be used as part of the Great Science Share for Schools publications on social media, such as Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.