British Science Week

From British Science Association

Resource type: Event

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Region(s): All of UK

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths that takes place every year in March. British Science Week 2023 will take place between 10th – 19th March. The theme for this year is ‘Connections’.

At the heart of British Science Week is a programme of events organised by schools, researchers, universities and companies that take place across the whole of the UK. The British Science Week website also hosts a number of other resources that can be used in schools:

  • Get help finding a speaker for an event you would like to organise, or find an event that is local to you using the Science Live platform.
  • Download the British Science Week packs for ideas and activities to run in the classroom during British Science Week or all through the year. There are packs for EYFS, Primary and Secondary.
  • Enter the national poster competition.
  • Encourage every student to see themselves as a potential scientist or engineer by exploring the stories in the ‘Smashing Stereotypes’ campaign.

Cost: Access to all the online resources is free. Events may incur a fee.

About the British Science Association: The British Science Association is a charity whose mission is to promote diversity and inclusion in science, increasing the number of people who are actively engaged in science in order to improve our ability to tackle the challenges of the future.

Further resources:

  • Schools can apply for one of four Kick Start grants to help them fund a British Science Week activity or event. Applications open in September and close in November.
  • Science magazines such as Whizz Pop Bang!, The Week Junior Science and Nature, and National Geographic Kids can be great additions to the school library.
  • Good sources of recommendations for books that cover STEM subjects are Books for Topics and Reading4Schools. There is also a great list that came out of one of the #OURfPBookBlether sessions on Twitter.
  • Last year’s Gadgeteers Summer Reading Challenge had a science and innovation theme. The Gadgeteers Book Collection is a useful source of accessible reads for primary pupils.
  • Ensure that the achievements of women scientists and engineers are represented in your library with this Women in STEAM booklist from Best Books for Schools.
  • The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize celebrates high quality, accessible STEM books for under-14 year-olds. Sign your pupils up to be one of the panels of young people who read, discuss and choose the winning titles.
  • Check out the free learning resources available to accompany computer science adventure story Agent Asha: Mission Shark Bytes. There is also a blog with a list of story-led books that introduce STEM and coding for primary-aged children.
  • Topical Talk provides free resources to encourage discussions about the key issues facing our world today, including many science-based topics such as climate change, Artificial Intelligence, animal sentience, space tourism and more.
  • Get involved with Mars Hour, a programme of space-themed activities with accompanying resources.
  • The Primary Science Teaching Trust has a wealth of free teaching resources for primary schools. Check out the Pictures for Talk booklet that provides some intriguing pictures and accompanying questions to encourage children to ‘talk like a scientist’.
  • Further your understanding of the specific literacy demands of primary science texts with Just Imagine’s online CPD course – Reading Across the Curriculum: Science.
  • The National Literacy Trust’s Literacy for Learning offers a programme of CPD courses to support effective literacy strategies for teaching and learning across the secondary curriculum. The next Developing Literacy in Science course runs during British Science Week (9th and 16th March)
  • Read our blog for British Science Week 2021 looking at the vital role that ALL reading plays in creating the scientists of the future.

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