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May Junior Newsletter

Introducing the May edition of the Junior Newsletter for KS2/3. This edition contains three stories with accompanying questions from the past month, suitable for younger students.

Download your copy to find out how a travelling gnome has been helping science!


Science in the News-letter #12

Are your students pro or anti-nuclear power and what arguments can they use to support their views? Do they understand what ‘pharming’ is or what scientists use the LHC for? In the week’s Science in the News-letter they can find all this out and more – just download by clicking on the button below.



Science in the News-letter #11

Make sure you get a chance to look at Venus this week, as it is at its brightest (that is if the rain clouds disappear long enough).

In this week’s edition your students can find out why, along with being introduced to our oldest ancestor and a newly discovered species of amphibian.



Science in the News-letter #10

Click the link below to download this week’s newsletter to use as a display or homework task.  Your students can extend their knowledge by exploring stories that link to the GCSE core science curriculum. Items included focus on air pollution, genetics, plant hormones, plate tectonics and energy efficiency.



Science in the News-letter #9

After an Easter break Science in the News-letter returns with five stories from the past two weeks for your students to explore.

These include looking at the possibility that we could be visited by alien intelligent dinosaurs and how computer models are being used to count penguins from space* More

April Junior Newsletter

Following the popularity of the Science in the News-letters for KS4/5, I have decided to write a junior version. This will be a monthly event and include three news-stories with the normal links and questions, but designed for younger students (aged 8-12).

The stories and questions are linked to the KS2/3 curriculum content and the newsletter is supplied with a teacher guide which includes links to news stories for background information and model answers to the questions differentiated by key stage. More

Science in the news-letter #8

Understanding the science behind the news allows us to balance the pros and cons and make a balanced decision.

Two stories in this week’s newsletter ask students to do this: The collapse of footballer Fabrice Muamba during a match last Saturday has sparked a debate about whether athletes should be screened for heart abnormalities. Also: should an area of natural beauty in South Africa undergo the controversial drilling practice for natural gas known as fracking?



Science in the news-letter #7

Stories in this week’s newsletter include two very different uses of genetic engineering and the reason why many scientists are upset at the sight of party balloons.

To find out why, you’ve got to read the linked news article!

Science in the news-letter #6

This week’s newsletter features stories about the recent solar flares, a famous movie director’s quest to reach Earth’s lowest point, a car that may help us slow climate change down and the possible consequences if we don’t.

As these newsletters are only really suitable for KS4 and KS5 students, I have been considering publishing a monthly science in the news-letter for younger students (ages 8-13). If you think this is something you would be interested in, please let me know (as I will only do this if there is demand). More

Science in the news-letter #5

Quite a life-science heavy newsletter this week which I make no apologies for as it has been a very exciting week for biologists.

In this week’s newsletter your students can find out how giant prehistoric fleas were adapted to feed on dinosaurs; why the statement that a female baby is born with all of the eggs she will ever produce may no longer be true and how scientists have discovered rather a lot about an ancient iceman. More

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