How to use this site

Benjamin FranklinOn this site you can find a number of exciting resources investigating scientists - both past and present - and cutting-edge scientific research. Each resource contains some background information and ideas for activities, broken into manageable sections that you can mix and match.

With the KS4 and KS5 resources, the section 'Want to find out more?' will take you to Royal Society material online that is connected with the topic of the resource, for yourself or your students to use in further research.


Teachers' notes

Some activities are designed to be done in the classroom, and others can be set as homework. Each section is accompanied by teacher's notes telling you how to do the activity, and is curriculum linked - to the science curriculum and across curricula where appropriate.

To access the teachers' notes, click on 'Show Teachers Notes' at the top of each block of content. If the link is not present, it means there are no teachers' notes associated with that particular piece of content.

The teachers' notes also contain the answers to the quizzes.

For reference:

Key Stage 2 = 7-11 years old.

Key Stage 3 = 11-14 years old.

Key Stage 4 = 14-16 years old.

Key Stage 5 = 16-19 years old.




Different symbols are used to tell you what type of activity is in each part of the resource - see the table at the bottom of the page.


Finding content

You can browse through the resources from the homepage, and the resources page contains a full list of all the resources, categorised by Key Stage.

You can also search for resources by Keyword.



If you have any questions when using this site, please contact us.



Activity Types



Experiment - Practical activities for students to do themselves, with guidance from a teacher. 



Investigation - A paper-based activity, involving research.



Quiz - Paper based activities in various quiz-style formats, with answers supplied in the teachers' notes.



Demo - Practical activities for teachers to demonstrate in class.



Article - Information for reading, including profiles of current-day scientists, explaining what they research, and why they enjoy their job.

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Audio-visual - Material containing audio podcasts or video clips.