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Just one place left on MHFA Youth

14 Nov 2018  

There is just one place left on the Mental Health First Aider training in Bolton on the 21st and 22nd November.Would you like to become a MHFA for your establishment ?Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognized training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and...


 

Action for Happiness November Calendar

02 Nov 2018  

This month’s offering from Action for Happiness is New things November. Why not download the calendar and stick it up in a place teachers can see it to get them involved. Or perhaps to develop mental health in your classroom you could give out some of the ideas for homework . No marking...


 

Halloween and Bonfire Night Science

29 Oct 2018  

Remember why we teach science ? Hopefully not just because it is on the National curriculum ! It is so the children can understand what is happening in the world they live in. Therefore, whenever possible it’s a good idea to match the science to what’s happening in the world right at...


 

Farmvention competition

26 Oct 2018  

Farmvention (when farming meets invention) is a national STEM competition run by the NFU aimed at primary school children. There are three challenges connected to producing food in the UK with each challenge being supported with teaching resources produced with the help of the ASE. The three...


 

On my mind - new website

17 Oct 2018  

Anna Freud has launched On My Mind; `a new website which aims to empower young people to make informed choices about the mental health support they want, the treatments they receive and the outcomes they desire.` This site has been co produced with young people and contains digital resources ;Youth...


 

World Mental Health Day 2018

09 Oct 2018  

This year’s World Mental Health day focuses on Young people and Mental Health in a changing world. Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14 years old. What role do we have in education to help support children and give them the tools to help live in today’s world? At Education...


 

Optimistic October Calendar .

01 Oct 2018  

Here is the suggestions for a happier life for October. This offering, from www.actionforhappiness.org is Optimistic October. Why not print it off and stick in the staffroom or your classroom for all to share. Click on the folder to download


 

Mental Health First Aider Training places available

30 Sep 2018  

Would you like to become a MHFA for your establishment ?Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognized training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. Youth MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as...


 

A six fold increase in CYP suffering from mental health conditions

24 Sep 2018  

A new report co written by Dougal Hargreaves, reports a six fold increase in how many children and young people in England reported having a long-standing mental health condition between 1995 and 2014 (from 0.8% to 4.8%). The data was based on 140,830 participants aged between 4 and 24, across 36...


 

Free Seed Dispersal Lesson Plan

20 Sep 2018  

After those violent winds we had yesterday, many branches came down, bringing with them lots of Acorns and Horse Chestnuts, which brought to mind a very enjoyable lesson all about seed dispersal.This lesson links to Year 3 Objective ‘ Explore the parts that flowers play in the lifecycle of...


 

Free Science & Mental Health training for schools

02 Sep 2018  

Education Guru is looking for venues to deliver its high- quality training packages. Would you like to be a venue for CPD focussing on Primary Science or Wellbeing and Mental Health? With each course delivered your school would receive two free places on the day’s training. Your school would...


 

The Good Childhood Report 2018

02 Sep 2018  

This recent report is produced by the Children’s Society and is a reliable measure of the wellbeing of children aged 8 -17 years in the UK. It looks at the trends and identifies areas for focus. Worryingly children’s wellbeing levels have decreased and are now as low as they were twenty...


 

Starting September with Self-Care

31 Aug 2018  

The new term is nearly upon us once more. The summer holidays have flown by as always. Education Guru has created some new resources to support cross curricular Science during the holidays. More to come on those. The new calendar from Action for Happiness organisation is a reminder that we need to...


 

Sizzling Summer Holidays

25 Jul 2018  

Education Guru would like to wish all of the teachers and schools they have worked with during the last academic year a restful and sun filled summer holidays! Hopefully you will get a well deserved rest in some summer sunshine ! During August we will be creating new cross curricular resources to...


 

Feed the bees

19 Jul 2018  

Recently a bee was saved from drowning in the horses’ water buckets. It was fished out and laid on a fence post to recover. However, after knowing that bees are struggling recently, we decided to help it along by giving it some sugar water. The sugar water should be in the correct ratio of 2...


 

Looking after our Mental Health Workshops

18 Jul 2018  

There is so much you can do to help pupils be more relaxed, happy and resilient. Equipping children from an early age to be able to use breathing and relaxation activities can help prepare them to meet the demands of the world they are growing up in. We have designed a suite of workshops to help...


 

Youth First Aid Mental Health Training £35 offer !

04 Jul 2018  

Education Guru is putting on the two day Youth First Aid Mental Health Training in the north west at a ridiculous price of £35 for two days training. But hurry there are only two spaces left on this course that normally costs £300. The training will take place on the 10th and 11th of...


 

Jump Back July Calendar

02 Jul 2018  

Did you give any of the Joyful June activities that were on the Action for Happiness calendar we posted on the news feed? This month’s offering is all about resilience and being able to jump back up in times of stress and challenge. Teaching resilience in the classroom is a very worthwhile...


 

National Insect Week 2018

19 Jun 2018  

If you went outside to do the bee count then National Insect Week is another chance to get your class involved with exploring the outdoors. Every two years, the Royal Entomological Society (RES) organises the week, supported by a large number of organisations with interests in the science, natural...


 

Get in involved with the British Nutrition Foundation Healthy Eating week 2018

10 Jun 2018  

You were probably aware that your diet has some impact on your wellbeing but perhaps you weren’t aware of exactly how much? Take a look at the attached research paper ‘Feeding Minds’ – The impact of diet on Mental Health to find out how what you put in your mouth effects...


 

Great British Bee Hunt 2018

07 Jun 2018  

Why not get your class involved with a great cause championed by Friends of the Earth to count Britain’s Bees ? British Bees are under threat from pesticides and loss of habitats, so Friends of the Earth need your help to survey how many bees are left in the UK. This activity fits in with The...


 

Joyful June

02 Jun 2018  

Did you manage to do some of the meaningful activities in May that were on the Action for Happiness calendar we posted on the news feed? Hopefully you managed to try out a couple and are now ready for the Joyful June calendar which has ideas such as `Do three things that bring joy to another person...


 

Ask A Scientist - Great Science Share

25 May 2018  

Are you getting involved with the Great Science Share ? If so, then take a look at these two great new resources they have added to help the event go with a POP! The first one will help with any tricky questions your children may have;As an extra dimension this year, we are giving your children the...


 

Mental Health England First Aid Training only £35 !

16 May 2018  

During Mental Health Awareness Week Education Guru would like to offer two lucky schools the Mental Health England First Aid training at cost price of only £35 per participant. This two day training usually costs £300 per participant. Would your school be interested in hosting this...


 

Mental Health awareness Week 14- 20 May 2018

12 May 2018  

Every year, thousands of supporters across the UK take part in Mental Health Awareness Week. This year the theme of the week is stress which during this SATS week is very appropriate. Why not try a five minute meditation with your children before each SATS paper asresearch shows this has a very...


 

Hedgehog Awareness Week - May 6th - 12th 2018

05 May 2018  

These creatures numbers are decreasing in the UK so we need to find out more about why this is happening and then try to improve their environment to help them thrive again. So during the week why not get your class to research the lifecycle of the hedgehog with the help of british Hedgehogs...


 

Meaningful May

02 May 2018  

Did you manage to do some of the happiness activities in April that were on the Action for Happiness calendar we posted on the news feed? Well no worries if not, as they have now produced Meaningful May calendar which has ideas such as `Do something meaningful for someone in your life you really...


 

Capture Their Imaginations:

26 Apr 2018  

Science Through Stories, Films and PoetryFilms, stories and poetry are an excellent way to engage children in science. Could your children spot the carnivores from the herbivores in Zoomania? Would they be able to help Superworm escape from the evil lizard? Perhaps they could work out what makes...


 

Key Stage 1 SATS to be replaced by Reception Baseline

15 Apr 2018  

Ok don’t get too excited about no more Key stage 1 SATS as the government pledges to ‘Remove some of the wider burdens on teachers, including making Key Stage 1 tests and assessments non-statutory from 2023 and remove the requirement for schools to submit teacher assessment data to the...


 

Welcome back with the Commonwealth Games

12 Apr 2018  

Education Guru hoped you had a restful Easter Break and we welcome you back to the Summer Term although it really doesn’t even feel like Spring yet!During the Easter break we have been keeping abreast of the amazing successes of the Team GB at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast of...


 

Active April 2018

29 Mar 2018  

Perhaps you joined in with Mindfulness March and tried out some of the ideas on the calendar for each day?Well here`s your chance to improve your happiness in April too , as the Action for Happiness group have come up with a calendar for getting active throughout April which includes suggestions...


 

Spring has started to sprout !

22 Mar 2018  

At last Spring seems to have arrived. Why not take your children outside and see who can spot the most signs of spring ? Some signs will be very obvious, such as the daffodils and buds on the trees. But will your children notice the birdsong perhaps waking them up as the birds sound out their dawn...


 

Year 6 Stories and Poems to support Creative Science

16 Mar 2018  

Education Guru has put the finishing touches to the Year 6 Stories and Poems to support Creative science Pack. This resource uses stories and poems from well known authors such as Julia Donaldson and Michael Rosen to start off a science lesson and engage the children allowing them to see the...


 

Get Involved with British Science Week 2018

08 Mar 2018  

This year’s theme for British Science Week is Exploration and Discovery.It lasts for ten days from Fri 9th March through to Sunday 18th March and it is a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for...


 

Mindfulness March 2018

05 Mar 2018  

Action for Happiness have produced an action calendar to help us focus on mindfulness during the month of March.Each day has a suggestion of how to develop a new way of thinking . For example, on March 18th it suggests you ‘’Do something creative that absorbs your...


 

Celebrate World Book Day through a Science story !

28 Feb 2018  

Every year schools celebrate world book day dressing up as their favourite characters and focussing on page turners for the day .This year why not have a science themed book day and get the children to dress up as characters from books that are great for using during science lessons ? Every class...


 

Olympic Super Materials

25 Feb 2018  

If you are learning about materials in your science topic then why not take a look the many amazing materials that have been designed to give the edge to the athletes that use them ?The skin suits for the Winter Olympics created a lot of attention with some rival teams suggesting that they may not...


 

Free Pizza making to support National Vegetarian week

22 Feb 2018  

To celebrate National Vegetarian Week in May funding can be obtained to pay for Learning activities linked to an exploration of the carbon impact of a vegetarian or vegan diet. The pupils will learn to make the pizzas themselvesThe grant can be used to cover the cost of a visit from a Pizza cob...


 

Chinese New Year - Year of the Dog

16 Feb 2018  

Chinese New Year celebrations last for around 15 days so why not link some of your science to the festivities ? Starting with lanterns they can be linked to the N.C. light objectives or electricity objectives. Children could try to make a lantern brighter than another or perhaps look at the shadows...


 

Winter Olympics and Friction

14 Feb 2018  

The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang , South Korea, provide a wealth of ideas to help teach science and well being to our children. Whenever you can link lessons to something that is current and happening in the world, learning seems to become more exciting and embedded. Over a few of posts we will...


 

International Day of Women in Science 2018

11 Feb 2018  

On the 11th Feb we celebrate Women and girls involvement in Science all over the world.On this day events are held to try to find ways to encourage more females to get involved with science and pursue STEM careers. In 2017 a survey showed that just 27% of jobs in STEM are taken up by women. Why not...


 

Free Education Guru Breathing & Meditation Activity

08 Feb 2018  

Have you ever tried a meditation or breathing activity with your class ? If not, then why not give it a go during Children’s Mental Health Week 2018. It doesn’t have to take a long time out of your day and the impact it can have on the children’s mental wellbeing can be quite...


 

New Resource to support Creative Science

02 Feb 2018  

Thanks for your patience Year 5 teachers ! Here at Education Guru we have just put the finishing touches to the Year 5 pack of Using Stories and Poems to Support Creative Science. This adds to the other packs from Year 1 to Year 4 which help teachers to use a poem or story to start off their...


 

Science Poem & Story Winner

29 Jan 2018  

Congratulations to Tracey Morris the Year 2 teacher from Northwingfield Primary School. Her name was pulled out of the hat from the Christmas Science Poetry & Story competition.A copy of the Year 2 resource written by Education Guru to support the use of stories and poems in creative science...


 

Sustainable Shaun - Free App

25 Jan 2018  

In this game you are helping Shaun the Sheep be more environmentally aware. Taking care of the environment should be taught to every child on a regular basis . In the Science National curriculum this App will help teach the Year 4 objective of ‘Recognise that environments can change and...


 

Courses running this term - Why not join us ?

20 Jan 2018  

The start of a new year often means learning something new to clear away the cobwebs. Teachers are forever learning so why not develop your science or wellbeing by joining Education Guru at one of their courses?From Forgotten to OutstandingCapture their Imagination with filmsEnhancing Achievement -...


 

Take part in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 2018

16 Jan 2018  

Joining in with Big Garden Birdwatch is simple and enjoyable - and a great way to fulfil some of your Biology strands from the science curriculum.Choose a good place to watch from for an hour from 27-29 January 2018. Which classroom window gives you the best view? Perhaps rotate your children to...


 

Free Training at Cumbria Teach Meet Mon Jan 15th 2018

11 Jan 2018  

Just a quick reminder about the free ASE Teach Meet being kindly hosted by Waberthwaite Primary School, Millom in South West Cumbria, on Monday 15th January from 4pm to 5.30pmWhy not pop along and meet like -minded teachers and TAs looking to develop their science? All are welcome, you don’t...


 

Chance to win a Stories & Poems to support Creative Science Pack

07 Jan 2018  

There is still time to enter the competition form the Winter Newsletter to win yourself Stories and Poems to support Creative science for your chosen Year group. But hurry as the competition closes on January 20th 2018. To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is email us here at...


 

Happy New Year !

03 Jan 2018  

Welcome back to the new term . Hopefully you have had a rest over christmas and are ready to tackle 2018. Remember to keep an eye of the newspage to keep you upto date with ideas to support your science and wellbeing. Education Guru is also twittering with quick bits and suggestions that you may...


 

Happy Christmas !

17 Dec 2017  

Education Guru would like to thank all the teachers they have worked with in 2017 and all the establishments that have used us to deliver CPD. We wish you all a very Happy and restful Christmas and hope Father Christmas recognises how hard you have worked this year !We will be around over most of...


 

Amanda Spielman on the launch of Ofsted`s Annual Report 2016/17

13 Dec 2017  

The head of Ofsted - Amanda Spielman, had a postive start to her speech today at the launch of Ofsted’s Annual Report. She started off with the following statistics;The quality of education and care in England today is good and it is continually improving. The life chances of the vast...


 

Christmas Eve Emergency - free lesson plan

10 Dec 2017  

Father Christmas is worried as Rudolph has a really bad cold and so his nose is not going to be very shiny and bright on Christmas Eve. This is especially worrying because the forecast for Christmas Eve is very foggy. Normally Rudolph’s nose lights the way and lets other aircraft see where...


 

Sleepy heads

09 Dec 2017  

A recent study has shown that children who use devices before bed time are loosing half to an hour of sleep every night and also causing a raised BMI. This then led to tiredness in the morning which also causes a raised BMI. This research was published in the journal Global Paediatric Health . To...


 

Super Moon

03 Dec 2017  

Did you see the Super Moon ? It was so large and clear as it came into view around 5pm here in Scotland. It was about 16 percent brighter and 7 percent larger than normal and is the only Super moon of 2017.Perhaps your children could investigate why it was called a Super moon, what was special...


 

Explore the Red Planet

21 Nov 2017  

Using Google’s new website, people can explore the surface of Mars using real footage collected by Nasa’s Curiosity Rover. The Curiosity rover landed on Mars on August 5, 2012 after a journey of 253 days in space. Since then, it’s sent over 200,000 images back to Earth for...


 

Free ASE Teacher meet South West Cumbria Jan 15th 2018

19 Nov 2017  

Monday January 15th 2018 16:00 – 17:30 Waberthwaite C of E Primary School, Waberthwaite, MILLOM, Cumbria LA19 5YJGet the New Year off to a creative start with lots of ideas of how to record creatively in the classroom. Why not join us at a free ASE Teachmeet session to learn how other...


 

Go Orange for Orangutans !

14 Nov 2017  

Orangutans are the largest tree-climbing mammal in the world but they are critically endangered . So the Orangutan Foundation are encouraging everyone to go orange during Orangutan awareness week which runs from 12- 18 November. Could you encourage your class to help fund raise for Orangutans,...


 

Free ASE Teachmeet Cumbria 27th November

10 Nov 2017  

Monday 27th November 20174:00 pm to 5:30 pm Upperby Primary School, Uldale Road, Carlisle Free no need to be a member Discover creative ways to record, assess, and develop pupils’ science skills and knowledge through the use of modelling, songs, role play, Big books and group books. Find out...


 

Ocean Animal Encyclopedia

08 Nov 2017  

Did you know there were more than 450 species of sharksand they range in size from just 8 inches to a massive 40ft ? To find out more fascinating facts about the different oceans and their inhabitants visit the Oceana website. This excellent website is a rich secondary research resource that...


 

Blue Planet - Free Fishy resources

05 Nov 2017  

10.3 million people watched the first episode of the second series of Blue planet. With such an amazing appeal, why not use this programme to help create a sense of excitement in the classroom? Year 1 teachers need to introduce their children to variety of common animals including fish, amphibians,...


 

Pepper`s Ghost Illusion

30 Oct 2017  

This Halloween why not encourage your class to research Pepper’s Ghost? Do they know who originally discovered the way to make ‘ghosts’ appear on stage? Whose idea did John Henry Pepper develop in 1862 to allow the Victorians to experience spectres on the stage?Can the children...


 

Black History Month - Women in Space

29 Oct 2017  

Mae Jemison, MD (1956 - ) Worked as a doctor in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone and Liberia before applying to NASA’a astronaut programme. She was the first African -American woman to join the programme in 1987 and then was the first African -American woman in space on the shuttle Endeavor....


 

ASE Bolton Primary TeachMeet - Wednesday 29th November 2017

18 Oct 2017  

ASE Bolton Primary TeachMeetDate: Wednesday 29th November 2017Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pmLocation : Bowness Community Primary School, Church Street, Little Lever, Bolton, BL3 1BCost : FreeDiscover creative ways to record, assess, and develop pupils’ science skills and knowledge through the use...


 

New Interim Assessments for 2017 to 2018

12 Oct 2017  

Here are the new booklets for Teacher Assessment in Primary Science at the end of Key stage 1 and 2. Not much difference apart from the guidance in the introductions but the’ I can’ statements are unchanged. Click on the folder to download the booklets. Education Guru has created an...


 

Come along to the Well being day Saturday 7th October

03 Oct 2017  

Feeling frazzled already ? Then if you are a member of the NUT or ALT ( NEU) you are invited to come along to the Well being day at the Last Drop Village for free. The day is jam packed with workshops such as Tai Chi, Yoga , Teacher Well being Techniques and stalls. There are also free mini...


 

Mind Yeti

24 Sep 2017  

Is a new App for children to help them chill out and relax in a positive way. It is designed for children between the ages of 5 years to 12 years. Firstly choose from a range of themes such as `Calm down` `Focus ` or `Get along` and then pick one of the meditations in this group. There are 15 to...


 

Celebrate Roald Dahl Day

12 Sep 2017  

Each year Roald Dahl Museum hosts a month of celebrations kicking off with Roald Dahl day on the 13th September to celebrate the author’s birthday. There is a free pack for schools to down load and lots of lesson plans to help introduce your children to his books and develop the literacy and...


 

NEW RESOURCES ! Free Sample lesson.

04 Sep 2017  

Stories and Poems to support Creative Science PacksThis brand new resource from Education Guru has been designed to help bring creativity and the everyday science into your lessons by using stories and poems to enthuse your children. It is divided into year groups. Each year group has five detailed...


 

Creature Garden App

26 Jul 2017  

Are you teaching about Animals and Living Things or maybe Evolution ? Then this app Creature Garden (£2.99) may come in useful and create a bit of excitement in your classroom. It allows the user to combine different parts of an animal such as it legs, hooves, heads, wings to be joined...


 

The BIG BUTTERFLY HUNT 2017

10 Jul 2017  

Why not get your class involved with this year’s annual Butterfly count? It fits in with Animals and Living Things and Habitats and only takes 15 minutes of their time. People are encouraged to pop outside anytime, between July 14th to the 6th August 2017, to see how many butterflies they can...


 

Science Sample Tests Examples Released

05 Jul 2017  

The Standards Testing Agency, have released a selection of the questions from past Science Sample Tests along with the marking scheme and a commentary of the way the questions were answered. This is only a selection of some of the questions and therefore cannot be used to fully assess your...


 

Do you want to reduce your marking?

21 Jun 2017  

Do you want to find out what your children really know in science without having to pick up a pencil ? Do you want to enthuse your children with creative ways to record ? Then why not book onto ’Recording and Assessing without the Exercise Book’ CPD which is running in Bolton on Tuesday...


 

What is Britain`s Greatest Invention ?

12 Jun 2017  

The BBC and the Science Museum come together, with the help of seven celebrities, to champion seven influential inventions of our time. Viewers are invited to vote on the one they feel has had the most impact. Which would you vote for? Would it be concrete - the most used material on earth ? The...


 

Stress Less !

05 Jun 2017  

Ever noticed how when we are stressed, we tend to fiddle? whether that be with our hair, bite our nails, pick at our skin, gnaw our lips , or clench our teeth or hands. Therefore having something to fiddle with can be therapeutic and help release some of our stress. Why not have ago at making some...


 

What`s inside an elephant ?

09 May 2017  

Mammals by Tinybop AppMost kids know what our human skeleton looks like, but how does an elephant, tiger, bat, kangaroo or sloth skeleton compare ? Take a look at this great app that let’s you look inside these amazing mammals. Explore their anatomy – whiskers, fur, skeletons,...


 

PISA 2015 Results - Science Focus and Life Enjoyment

02 May 2017  

Over the past decade, the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment, PISA, has become the world’s premier yardstick for evaluating the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems. But the evidence base that PISA has produced goes well beyond statistical benchmarking. By...


 

April Newsletter Competition winners

30 Apr 2017  

Congratulations to Kells Infants school and Chaddesley Corbett Primary School, who were the first two schools to get in touch to win Education Guru’s Progression and Tracking grids for knowledge advertised in the Spring Newslette.rWe hope they find them useful ! To take a look at a sample...


 

Prince Harry speaks out about his mental health

27 Apr 2017  

Prince Harry spoke out last week about his own mental health issues which stemmed from the loss of his mother at such an early age . The Prince talked candidly, in an interview, saying how he had felt that there was no point thinking about his loss or talking about it, as it would just cause more...


 

Brian Cox in the primary classroom

18 Apr 2017  

Brian Cox is the Royal Society`s Professor for Public Engagement in Science. He presents a series of video resources to increase teachers` onfidence with experimental science and relate the experiments to the real world. The experiments used are ;Do plants need soil to grow? How does exercise...


 

What`s under our skin ?

06 Apr 2017  

Not all schools are lucky enough to be able to afford the 3D body models and even if they are, sometimes body parts get lost over time. Why not take a look at this great app which allows the children to see different parts of the body as if they were right there in front of them. The 4D Anatomy App...


 

Struggling to evidence you children`s creative ideas?

06 Apr 2017  

Then take a look at Seesaw . This is a great tool that Education Guru has recently been introduced to. It should save you loads of time in collating children’s work and also allow you to get creative with ways to record in science. And best of all it’s free !Seesaw empowers students of...


 

Get creative with Green screening

06 Apr 2017  

Do you want to add that extra zing to your science lessons ? Do you want those children with limited literacy skills to be able to show you how much they really know about their science without having to write about it ? Then take a look at Education Guru`s lessons plan to see how to use a great...


 

Calming the Monkey Mind

05 Apr 2017  

Research shows that just a few minutes of meditation every day can have a very positive impact on your mental health. This activity helps you regroup and focus on yourself, for just a few minutes allowing you some space to reconnect to your body away from outside distractions. Leaving you ready to...


 

Have your say on Assessment in primary schools

01 Apr 2017  

Would you like your thoughts on Primary Assessment to be known ? The Government has opened a consultation on Primary Assessment which seeks feedback from teachers and those interested in how the UK’s children are assessed. The consultation will be open until 22nd June 2017 – if you want...


 

SAPS Science and Plants for Schools - Free resources

26 Mar 2017  

SAPS has everything you need to help you grow all those free seeds that Education Guru Newspage has told you about. Not only that, SAPS has lots of creative ways and ideas of how to record the activities your children have been doing linked to the great outdoors- from The Sultana game which helps...


 

Big Sunflower Project - free seeds

20 Mar 2017  

The Big Sunflower Project is now in its 7th Year and aims to raise awareness of the rare neuromuscular conditions known as centronuclear and myotubular myopathy by asking people to grow a sunflower. Seed distribution for The Big Sunflower Project 2017 is now underway and will continue until around...


 

Spring has Sprung ! Free resources.

16 Mar 2017  

Time to Get Growing ! At this time of year our thoughts are turning to getting the children outside more and the teaching of the Biology topics within the science curriculum. There are lots of free resources out there to get you started. Over the next couple of weeks Education Guru will be posting...


 

British Science Week Resource Packs 2017

08 Mar 2017  

‘CHANGE’ is the theme of 2017 British science week which runs from 10-19th March 2017. With a theme like that, there is something for everyone to get involved with from ‘spotting the baby penguins’ to ‘measuring the wind speed’ using bubbles !Download the...


 

New planets discovered !

04 Mar 2017  

How could we have missed them ? Ok, so these seven new planets are not in our solar system but in the Trappist-1 Solar system. On the 22nd February 2017 scientists discovered seven rocky ‘earth like’ planets orbiting a dwarf star called Trappist-1. This star which is a lot smaller and...


 

Skating Polar Bears and Minecraft

01 Mar 2017  

Ever wondered how such heavy animals like Polar Bears managed to travel across the ice without falling through ? They have large paws which they spread out in order to get closer to the ice, thus spreading their weight over a larger area. Click on the link to watch of clip of these skating...


 

Competition Winner

12 Feb 2017  

Resource Give Away Winner Congratulations to Hemlington Hall Academy who were the lucky winners of the Essential Primary Science 2nd edition which was Education Guru’s New Year Give Away. Hopefully your staff will find it really helpful for their science lessons. Sorry to all of those that...


 

Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra

05 Feb 2017  

Quite simply, the world`s coldest and toughest race, which takes place in Yukon Canada. The Yukon Arctic Ultra lasts thirteen nights, with 18 hours a day spent dragging a sleigh across an empty wilderness with 430 miles of snow, ice and temperatures as low as -40°C. A good friend of Education...


 

Teacher Scholarship for expense paid trip to California 2017 !

24 Jan 2017  

Sun , Surf and Sunshine ! The Association for Science Education are funding one lucky teacher to attend NSTA Conference in Los Angeles, USA 30th March -2nd April 2017.The Northrop Grumman scholarship includes a round-trip airfare, accommodation (up to 5 nights), conference registration. The...


 

Big Garden Birdwatch is coming soon - from 28-30 January

18 Jan 2017  

Be part of the world`s largest wildlife survey ! The Big Garden Birdwatch is the world’s largest wildlife survey. It was originally just a bird survey for children to take part it but since 2014 they have also been asking respondentsabout other wildlife that visits their garden.All this...


 

Sad death of Babette Cole

16 Jan 2017  

Children’s author and illustrator Babette Cole has died on Saturday 14th January aged 67. Her books , such as Princess Smarty Pants, Mummy laid an Egg, The Slimy Book are all excellent ways to engage children in exciting science lessons. If you can get your hands on a copy of ’Princess...


 

Free Sir David Attenborough App

08 Jan 2017  

Did you watch the fantastic Planet Earth II series ? If so you will know what an amazing number of animals in their native surroundings made an appearance. This free App gathers together 60 years of David Attenborough`s footage of life on earth. It allows you to save your favourite clips to share...


 

Happy New Year - Resource Giveaway !

02 Jan 2017  

As a welcome back to the New Year, Education Guru has an excellent Science handbook to give away, kindly donated by the authors Alan Cross and Adrian Bowden, to one lucky school. Essential Primary Science 2nd edition has loads of handy tips and background knowledge to help support teachers in...


 

Festive Greetings !

21 Dec 2016  

Educatiion Guru would like to say thankyou to all the people we have worked with this year . We hope you have a very Happy Christmas and a restful break and look forward to working with you in the New Year. We will be around again from December 29th so do get in touch if we can be any help. If you...


 

Childline: 30 years of listening to children

06 Dec 2016  

Childline has recently celebrated is 30th birthday. Since its launch in 1986 it has listened to over 4 million children. Over the years the content of calls has changed. At the beginning the calls were mainly about sexual abuse and bullying and whilst these are still subjects that children ring up...


 

Melting Snowman

04 Dec 2016  

Here`s a great seasonal investigation to try out even if it doesn`t snow ! This activity can be used to develop children’s understanding of Changing Materials and develops the skill of `Observations over Time`. It can also involve animation as a creative way to record. And if you get some...


 

Using stories to engage children

26 Nov 2016  

The story book is a great resource to read to the children to start a lesson or as a piece of assessment in the plenary. No need to buy any special books, just use what you have got already in school. One author who provides a wealth of excellent books to start off engaging science lessons is Julia...


 

When to Watch Wildlife

23 Nov 2016  

This website is an excellent secondary research resource which allows you to find information on individual species of plant or animal, or whole groups such as ‘reptiles`. Click on the `Current Highlights` page to see what is happening near to you, or link into one of the many live webcams to...


 

The week Junior - Linking Science to everyday news for children !

16 Nov 2016  

The Week Junior Magazine - is a weekly magazine for kids that is jam packed full of stuff, ranging from current news, science and computing , geography and nature . It`s full of ideas and colourful photos with child friendly text. There’s lots of articles you can share with your children that...


 

Free Training !

13 Nov 2016  

Do you find it hard to get released from school to attend training ? Perhaps your school is low on funds? If you are a school in Northumberland, Newcastle, North or South Tyneside then there are a couple of ways to get free high quality training for a member of staff. Firstly , if a school wishes...


 

Rocket Science

02 Nov 2016  

Did your school take part last year in Tim Peake`s rocket growing science investigation ? If so, you probably found out that both sets of the Rocket seeds grew . Thanks to the help of hundreds of children across the country, scientists now know that taking seeds into space doesn`t appear to stop...


 

The Polar Explorer Programme

23 Oct 2016  

The Natural Environment Research Council is funding the design, construction and build of the new polar research vessel, which will launch in 2019. The vessel has been named after Sir David Attenborough just days before his 90th birthday.The government will invest up to £1 million in a new...


 

Creepy Classification ...

19 Oct 2016  

Why not develop your children`s classfication skills through the theme of Halloween ? Using a large packet of Halloween shaped sweets or novelties per group ask the children to classify them in whatever way they choose. Rotate the groups around to see if they can work out how the previous group...


 

Scary Skeleton !

16 Oct 2016  

Halloween is coming so why not combine some science with the festivities ?Down load the lesson plan to discover a fun way to discover what the human skeleton really looks like – much more exciting than a photocopiable sheet !This idea was shared by a teacher in Bolton and it is a great one to...


 

Big Draw Festival 2016 STEAM

11 Oct 2016  

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics and this is the theme for the Big Draw Festival 2016. The Big Draw believe that science and art go hand in hand and are encouraging schools to explore technical drawing, inventions and investigations. Using art to illustrate and...


 

Minecraft: Education Edition - Early AccessFREE Download !

25 Sep 2016  

The best lessons happen when the children are engaged right from the start. Have you ever thought of using Minecraft to teach Science ? There are so many opportunities to teach the science objectives through Minecraft . Many of the objectives from Materials, Light and Living things and their...


 

Time for some relaxation

17 Sep 2016  

If you teach in Bolton and are a member of the NUT then why not get yourself along to the Last Drop Hotel on Saturday 24th September for a free relaxing spa and a variety of workshops on wellbeing ?Education Guru will be there and are running a workshop to introduce you to a few well being ideas to...


 

Promoting children and young peoples emotional health and wellbeing

16 Sep 2016  

Current research shows that when we address the mental health of staff and children academic results also improve . Living as we do in such a hectic fast paced world, with a never ending expectation of meeting the next deadline or passing the next exam then we need to equip ourselves and our...


 

Making the links

15 Sep 2016  

Science works well when we link it to what’s going on in the world so why not make the links between the Olympics and Paralympics that have happened in Rio this summer to your lessons . Take a look at some of the following ideas . From ‘Animals, including humans’ - children could...


 

Call for budding gardeners - RHS School Gardening Awards

12 Sep 2016  

Do you want to develop your school grounds into a valuable outdoor resource ? Then you may be interested in the RHS School Gardening Awards. These awards are split into 3 levels. Each level comes with resources to support your garden’s development, such as Setting up a school garden , with a...


 

Did aliens land in the garden last night ?

03 Sep 2016  

Take a look at this very strange entity that we came across this morning on the front lawn. It definitely wasn’t there last night! At first we wondered if the cat had eaten something she shouldn’t ! But there was so much of it that we decided it couldn’t be. We live in a very...


 

Interim Teacher Assessments 2017

29 Aug 2016  

Surprise surprise ! Looks like the INTERIM Teacher Assessments for 2016 weren’t that interim. Looking at the ’new’ document produced for 2017 there are no different statements for Science. The wording in the introduction is a little different but once again we are...


 

Fancy a bit of `me` time ?

16 Jul 2016  

Bolton NUT invite you to join them on SATURDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER 2016 at THE LAST DROP VILLAGE AND SPA.The day will be packed with a wide variety of workshops, stalls and taster sessions to enhance your wellbeing. There will be a buffet lunch and chance to relax in the sauna and pool, or visit the...


 

Have you discovered The Crunch ? - free resource in school now

01 Jul 2016  

Every school in the UK has received an exciting free kit funded by the Wellcome Trust, packed with resources and lesson plans connected to ’’helping children think about how our food, our health and our planet are all interconnected.’’ In each pack there are resources to...


 

Muddle Head - Well Being Activity

22 Jun 2016  

This activity helps children ( and teachers) to become a little more aware of the everyday pressures that they face and helps to suggest a simple strategy to encourage a little space in their busy lives for something they enjoy. A little down time , away from a demanding task can help improve...


 

Interested in some training ?

09 Jun 2016  

The following courses are being held in various venues across the UK. If you are interested in finding out more please get in touch hester@educationguru.co.ukScience in the Early YearsAssessment & Recording Finding the maths in the science curriculumFinding the literacy in the science...


 

WIN your own Live Butterfly Garden

05 Jun 2016  

generously donated by Insect Lore www.insectlore.co.uk.This beautiful kit comes with everything you need to study the life cycle of the Painted Lady butterfly. When you are ready to start studying your butterflies, send off the enclosed coupon to order the caterpillars in the post. A netted cage is...


 

The Great Bug Hunt 2016

12 May 2016  

This great competition encourages teachers to use the outdoor classroom to engage their children in exploring the undergrowth to discover the minibeasts that live just out of everyday sight. Children will be using their Working Scientifically skills to discover, draw and record their findings as...


 

Staff and Pupil Wellbeing Training

06 May 2016  

Wellbeing is increasingly being recognised as vital for effective learning. Stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues are big barriers to both teaching and learning. Statistics show that at least three children in every class will have mental health issues that obstruct learning for...


 

Great Plant Resources free to download

26 Apr 2016  

The Great Plant Hunt website is packed full of teacher resources to help support learning in the Great outdoors. Some of you may remember the large chest that arrived in schools a few years ago to celebrate Darwin and his discoveries. However you may have missed this excellent resource arriving in...


 

Science X, Trafford Centre

21 Apr 2016  

Fancy a trip to the trafford centre for a bit of science this weekend ? Here`s what you might discover as part of Science X `From flying a jet to looking at moon rocks, discover for yourself why science and engineering is fun and exciting. Over the weekend of 23rd and 24th April 2016 The University...


 

2016 Science Assessment Exemplifications

20 Apr 2016  

These documents have been produced by the Government to give guidance to teachers in helping them make judgments for the 2016 Interim Teacher assessments at the end of Year 2 and Year 6. They show examples of children’s work that are ‘working at the expected standard’. They do...


 

Free Useful Resources to help your adventures in the Great Outdoors !

09 Apr 2016  

The Summer term ( hopefully ) offers better weather to spend more time outside in the great outdoor classroom. Typically in Science, we teach more Biology in the Summer term, taking the children outside to explore habitats and search for creatures that might be hiding in the undergrowth. This...


 

Egg- stravaganza experiments for Easter !

23 Mar 2016  

Easter eggs can come in many shapes and sizes and don`t just have to be made from chocolate ! Why not try out some of the following investigations based on eggs to add a little science to the Easter celebrations ? How about Egg in a bottle ( variation on ship in a bottle - smelly but fun !) or...


 

Assessment Tool that doesn`t involve a pencil !

10 Mar 2016  

Realtime Board - free app for teachers This handy and easy to use tool can be used throughout school and can be used for most topics where classifying and grouping occurs. It is a way for children to show what they have sorted and add their own thoughts to the groupings. It can also be used by the...


 

Centrally Heated Knickers by Michael Rosen

09 Mar 2016  

This poetry book, Centrally Heated Knickers by Michael Rosen and published by Puffin, is a collection of fascinating poems all about science in the everyday world that can be used to start a science lesson or as a piece of assessment in the plenary. The poems are most suitable for Key Stage Two...


 

Create a wow starter for your science lesson

06 Mar 2016  

Zoo Escape ! – using iPad app FXGuruThis tool can be used with all children from early years upwards to create excitement and intrigue. This app allows you to create a short movie clip using the classroom, school, or playground as a back drop. Using Zoo Escape template can help you teach many...


 

Primary UPD8 - Free resources to download

23 Feb 2016  

This creative resource helps children make the links between the science from the national curriculum and the world they live in. Each lesson has a powerpoint and detailed lesson plan to help you introduce the idea to your class based on something current in the news or on the television. Recent...


 

Win Your very own Stick Insect Life cycle pack !

21 Jan 2016  

Were you intrigued by the recent photos of the stick insects that were raised by a Bolton school? Well here is your chance to win your own set generously donated by Insect Lore www.insectlore.co.ukFor your chance to win, contact info@educationguru.co.uk with an interesting fact about stick insects....


 

Sticky Critters !

13 Jan 2016  

Would you like to try something new this year with your class? Many of us are used to studying life cycles within our science lessons, often using butterflies, tadpoles and sometimes hatching chickens. One teacher from a school in Bolton has recently had experience of a slightly different kind!...


 

New Resources for 2016

05 Jan 2016  

Happy New Year to you all and best wishes for 2016!We hope you have all had a restful Christmas and managed to have stayed out of the terrible flooding and rain that has been ever present.We have been very busy over the Christmas holidays getting together a new resource that can be used throughout...


 

Happy Holidays!

18 Dec 2015  

Education Guru wants to wish all of the teachers out there a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. We will be around over Christmas, so do get in touch if you need any help with next term`s science or well-being lessons. Take a look at the news pages to download lesson plans or give you...


 

BLAST OFF !

14 Dec 2015  

Only a two more days now until Tim Peake blasts off into space to start his 6-month mission on the International Space Station on Tuesday 15th December. Tim Peake is the first British astronaut to live on the Space station and he is taking full advantage of this opportunity to reach out to children...


 

£1000 ESERO-UK Space Funding deadline soon !

11 Dec 2015  

ESERO-UK Grant scheme for schools in the UK Round Two - You can bid for a grant to help your school do something special to follow Tim Peake’s Mission to the International Space Station – this could be activities to involve your whole school and your local community during the mission....


 

Win A Free Packet of Gelli Baff for your creative classroom !

30 Nov 2015  

Here at Education Guru, we know that buying resources for your class can be a bit tricky with school budgets being so stretched. So we would like to lend a hand, with the help of www.gelicity.co.uk who produce Gelli Baff, by giving away a free packet away to one lucky winner. To be in for a chance...


 

Father Christmas Early Warning System

28 Nov 2015  

This activity can be used with Key stage 2 children and fits into Year 4’s Electricity objectives. Each child/group will create their own early warning system to alert them to father Christmas coming down the chimney by creating a pressure switch . Click on the file for the lesson plan.


 

Rudolph and the Reindeers - Well-Being Activity

27 Nov 2015  

This activity can be used with any age group but will probably work best with those who still believe! The children will think about how Rudolph felt when he was picked to lead Santa’s sleigh.The children will have an understanding of how it feels when people are left out and have been called...


 

Let it snow !

25 Nov 2015  

This resource can be used to support the areas of Changing Materials throughout the school from Early Years to Year 6 and also to support the area of forces. It is a polymer, which when water is added increases in volume many times to look and feel like snow. See attached file for some ideas of how...


 

Make your own snow globe !

20 Nov 2015  

The snow is on its way according to the met office! But just in case the snow doesn’t arrive why not bring a little of it into the classroom with a snow globe? Making a snow globe is lots of fun but by adding the dimension of researching the animal that the children pop inside and discussing...


 

Be in with a chance to get £5000 for science support !

15 Nov 2015  

The Intensive Enthuse award is an excellent way to get science in the spotlight in your school. This £5000 grant can be used to support your school in working with a science consultant. Together you can help raise the profile of science in your school. The paperwork is really easy to fill...


 

Junior Stem

12 Nov 2015  

JuniorSTEM is a new venture which aims to provide primary schools with quality, practical cross curricular STEM lessons and workshops using the fantastic Lego WeDo Robotics kits and Scratch programming resources.Many schools are following computing schemes that recommend Lego WeDo but do not have...


 

MINDFUL NATION UK

05 Nov 2015  

The Government has produced the Mindful Nation Uk report in which it talks about -’ three key policy challenges in education on which the research evidence for mindfulness has a bearing.The first is the concern with academic attainment and improving results;the second is the deepening anxiety...


 

Biennial Sample Science SATS Papers for 2016

05 Nov 2015  

Don’t worry the Science SATS are not making a comeback for all Year six children! These sample SATS will be used for the small number of schools that will be chosen to participate in order to monitor science across England in 2016. Only a small number of schools will be picked to take the...


 

well-being & mindfulness resource - Feelings cards

18 Oct 2015  

As teachers, we all know how we or our class are feeling, can affect the kind of day we have. This activity can be used in a spare five minutes usually first thing in the morning or when the children come back after a break or lunchtime. They provide a time of contemplation for children and teacher...


 

Waving Zombie Hand - Free Lesson Plan

18 Oct 2015  

Why not develop your children’s working scientifically skills and knowledge about changing materials with this scary waving Zombie hand activity! Encourage your children to explore what happens when vinegar and bicarbonate of soda are combined to produce a gas which magically inflates the...


 

Haunting Halloween

09 Oct 2015  

It’s the spooky season so why not use your children’s enthusiasm for all things slimy to do some Halloween science ? The 31st October provides lots of opportunities to fulfil your materials objectives from the new curriculum. Why not try some of the different slime recipes to create...


 

Loads of Ladybirds! Free Resource

06 Oct 2015  

Have you noticed, with this warmer weather we are experiencing at the moment, that there are lots of Ladybirds out and about. Why not go on a Ladybird hunt to find this fascinating mini-beasts? Practise your pupils’ pattern seeking skills by looking at the colour and number of dots on the...


 

Super Sleuth Seed Hunt Season ( 23rd September - 23rd October) 2015

30 Sep 2015  

What better time to explore the myriad of different types of seeds that the great outdoor provides – from Conkers to Blackberries, Acorns to the sticky Burrs that attach themselves to unsuspecting passer-byes, than during the start of Autumn Term? Spend time investigating the many ways they...


 

Go Nuts for Red Squirrel Week (Sat 26 Sept to Sun 4 Oct)

26 Sep 2015  

Have you ever seen a Red squirrel ? They can be an elusive creature – but once seen never forgotten ! Their bushy red tails bobbing along and their smaller more agile bodies make them all the more appealing than their grey more common counterparts. Red Squirrel week runs from Sat 26th...


 

Growth Mindset Training

25 Sep 2015  

Are you interested in learning more about Carol Dweck Mindset Programme? She is one of the world’s leading experts in psychology and motivation research and is currently the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. She has carried out some fascinating research...


 

Hot of the Press! Latest Assessment Publications

20 Sep 2015  

At last - Assessment Guidance released! The eagerly awaited ’Final report of the Commission on assessment without Levels 2015’ has been released alongside the Government’s response to it. Both documents can be read here. Also included is an Interim Teacher Assessment document for...


 

World Car Free day

19 Sep 2015  

September 22nd is World Car Free Day where people across the world leave their car in the garage for the day and seek alternative methods to get to work or school. Why not encourage your children to think of different ways to get to school, perhaps on a scooter or bicycle? Get them to think about...


 

Astro Science Challenge

15 Sep 2015  

The Astro Science Challenge is an interactive adventure for children aged 7-11 years. Tim Peake, patron of the Unlimited Space Agency, is about to embark on a mission to ISS - International Space Station. There are six missions for the children to complete each with a new science challenge. Each...


 

New Recording & Assessing without the exercise book

12 Sep 2015  

Children often know more about science than we think; sometimes they just don’t have the skills to write down their ideas. Children, whatever their literacy skills, should be given the opportunity to share what they know about science. This book will show teachers that there are ways to...


 

Magic Moth Night

11 Sep 2015  

Moth Night is organised by Atropos and Butterfly and Conservation in association with the Centre for EcologPrizes. It is a three night period running from 10th – 12th of September. where we are encouraged to go out into our gardens and spot moths. Some moths are attracted to the light so...


 

Find out how to apply for £5000 Enthuse award grant for bespoke science support in your school

27 Aug 2015  

Don`t miss out on this amazing opportunity to get a £5000 grant from the National Science Learning Centre. The application is REALLY simple to complete and the money can be used to deliver bespoke training and support that will have a positive impact on raising science achievement in your...


 

What would you like to see on the eg. news page ?

27 Aug 2015  

Here at Education Guru we like to think we provide helpful resources and ideas. But you’re the ones who are out there everyday on the cliff face, so we`d like to hear what you think.Why not get in touch to let us know what you would find useful ? We`ll see what we can do. It could be...


 

Treasure Box of Feelings - free activity

26 Aug 2015  

The ’Treasure box of feelings’ is one of the resources from our Well-Being and Mindfulness programme that we’d like to share with you. This activity encourages the children to think about their feelings, what causes them and how they affect their behaviour. Why not download the...


 

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