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Durham University

Higgs to Hubble

Engaging Young Scientists

The programme recognises the importance of targeting Key Stage 2 primary school children. It is all too easy to underestimate this group’s capacity to understand complicated concepts and their enthusiasm and desire for knowledge is, at times, unquenchable. We must engage children as early as possible if they are to become the scientists of the future.

physics is lively,
intriguing, fascinating,
I like it a lot.

Haiku by a Y6 pupil who attended a talk

Talks for Schools

We offer a range of free 'space' themed school talks for Y5 and 6 pupils including: 'A Beginner's Guide to the Universe', 'New Views of the Planets', 'The Northern Lights', 'Other Worlds' and 'The Life and Death of Stars'. If you would like to discuss any particular requirements, or arrange a talk in your school, please get in touch.

We also present a bi-annual interactive demonstration talk for local primary schools in the early summer, hosted by the Physics Department. Recent topics have included 'What's that Sound?', 'Other Worlds' and 'Dinosaurs from Dust: The World's Most Powerful Particle Smasher'.

'Spooky Space - Creative Teaching of Space'

A key activity of our primary school programme was the production of an innovative teaching pack - ‘Spooky Space – Creative Teaching of Space’. The pack went into production in 2008 and over seven hundred copies have been distributed around the region to date. These resources were showcased at the Association for Science Education Annual Conference in January 2008. The ‘Spooky Space – Sounds and Vision, Creative Teaching of Space’ workshop formed part of the primary school programme at the conference. The teachers pack was also demonstrated at the North East Primary Science Conference at which Pete Edwards was an invited speaker in 2008, 2009 and 2010. More details can be found on the ESERO-UK web site where ‘Spooky Space – Creative Teaching of Space’ is available to download from their 'inspiring resources' section.

Useful Links

Lots of great ideas and information for both teachers and pupils can be found by checking out the links on the right hand side of the page.

Resources for Woodham Academy Teachers Workshop

Here you can download some resources that may be of use. Download the Beginner's Guide to the Universe presentation package as a zip file here. The Our Address in the Universe activity zip file can be downloaded here.