Physical sciences, engineering and maths resources

Here, you can find science learning resources developed by academics at our Faculty of Science and Engineering and education experts at the Science and Engineering Education Innovation Hub.

They are designed to introduce students to new subjects, enrich the curriculum and nurture curiosity.

Suitable for multiple age groups

  • Maths of waves and materials is a fun resource with interactive experiments that can be done from home. It includes activity sheets for KS1 to KS4 students.
  • EnquiringScience4All provides guidance on progression in curriculum topics, supporting us to think about how enquiry develops across the primary and secondary school. It was developed in collaboration with teachers from the north-west of England.
  • Earth Learning Idea is a large resource for teaching geology and earth science topics to primary and secondary school children. It includes videos, presentations and activity sheets.
  • Jodrell Bank Observatory has put together talks, podcasts and more for aspiring astrophysicists of all ages.
  • Our Department of Chemistry has a YouTube channel where academics explain their research in short videos. 
  • Our partner, The Brilliant Club has online video presentations on a range of topics including chemistry and mathematical modelling. The resources are suitable for 14-18 year olds.
  • The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) has developed KS2-4 maths resources suitable for at home learning, including videos and lesson plans.
  • Take a Bite out of Climate Change want to help children learn how food reaches our plates, and how different choices contribute to climate change. They have released a series of resources for KS2 and KS3.

Primary

Secondary

  • Our 20-minute challenges introduce young people to a range of subject areas, including physics in a fun and engaging way.
  • Critical Paths has teaching resources on nuclear science topics. They are designed to enrich the KS3 curriculum.
  • Talk Nuclear is an education website that introduces the basics of nuclear energy.
  • The Dalton Institutes has online games and a nuclear energy simulator to guide learning.

Post-16

  • The Isotope Cosmochemistry and Geochemistry Group research team based at the Department of Earth and Environmental Science maintain a blog and a podcast where they discuss all things earth and planetary sciences.
  • Welcome to our Earth: Its climate, history, and processes is an online course to help students develop a greater appreciation for how the air, water, land, and life formed and have interacted over the last 4.5 billion years.
  • Check out the latest research, news, student diaries and academic profiles on the Earth and Environmental Sciences blog.