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The Primary STEM Ideas Book
Engaging Classroom Activities Combining Mathematics, Science and D&T

ISBN 9781138340541
Published June 3, 2019 by Routledge
178 Pages

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Book Description

The Primary STEM Ideas Book is designed to promote the integrated teaching of STEM in the primary classroom by providing teachers with lesson ideas for investigations and projects. The statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for science, mathematics and design and technology are comprehensively covered through a variety of practical, stimulating and engaging activities, which have all been tried and tested in the primary classroom. The interrelationship between the STEM subjects is strongly integrated throughout, allowing children’s knowledge and skills to develop with confidence in these key subjects through activities that only require easily accessible resources generally found in the classroom.

Written by subject specialists with years of classroom experience teaching STEM subjects, each chapter contains:

  • A rationale showing links to the National Curriculum
  • Key subject knowledge
  • Brief activity plans
  • Ideas for supporting higher and lower attaining children
  • Follow-up ideas to provide extra inspiration

Including ‘how to’ guides and other photocopiable resources, this book is perfect for creating integrated lessons, group work and discussions relating to STEM. The Primary STEM Ideas Book provides easy to follow instructions and helps spark fresh inspiration for both new and experienced teachers in primary STEM education.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to STEM
  2. How to use this book
  3. Organisation

    Curriculum links

    Photocopiable resources


    Curriculum map

  4. It’s about time
  5. Sundials

    Water clocks

    Candle clocks

    Gravity clocks

    Alarm clocks

    Tracking the sun

  6. Pattern
  7. Are you Vitruvian Man?

    Fibonacci and the golden rectangle

    Symmetry in nature

    Number patterns

    3-D Shape bubbles


  8. A to B
  9. Egg race

    Defying gravity

    Post a crisp

    Animal antics

    Is fastest best?

    Cable cars and lifts

  10. Plant Magic
  11. Pea mazes

    Living walls

    Meet a tree

    Grow a meal

    Plants for building

    Sunflower race

  12. Help!
  13. Heliographs

    Buoyancy aids

    Wind chill




  14. Chocolate
  15. How strong is chocolate?


    Chocolate wrappers

    Flat pack building

    Making chocolate

    Market research

  16. Up, up and away
  17. Paper planes

    Jet engines





  18. STEM beyond the curriculum
  19. Who forged the cheque?

    Chain reaction

    Building with triangles

    Sorting machines

    Packing puzzles

    Makey Makey

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Dr Elizabeth Flinn worked in cancer research before retraining to become a primary science specialist. She taught KS2 and KS3 Science in a variety of schools in the state and independent sectors for over a decade. She is now a Lecturer in primary science and design and technology education at Middlesex University in London.

Dr Anne Mulligan is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University in London where she teaches primary mathematics on the Initial Teacher Education programmes. She has over 20 years of experience teaching in the primary classroom, specialising in KS1, and spent four years as a Deputy Head Teacher before moving to teacher education.