BBC Terrific Scientific

2 October 2017

BBC Terrific Scientific is underway and primary schools taking part up and down the UK have already made some exciting discoveries in 2017. Terrific Scientific is a bold and ambitious campaign from the BBC to inspire 9-11-year-old pupils to engage with science through exciting, innovative and accessible mass-participation investigations. The Ogden Trust is one of the ‘champions’ for the initiative.

The University of Oxford analysed data sent in by participating primary classes and found that children are more awake (and reactive) in the afternoon. For the Time investigation, pupils kept a sleep diary and recorded their reaction times and feelings of sleepiness each morning and afternoon in the week of the clock change for daylight saving time. Surprisingly, pupils got more sleep in the days following the clock change and found improvements in both their reaction times and feeling of awakeness. Even more surprisingly, across the whole study, pupils tended to have better scores in the afternoons than in the mornings! Find out what else we’ve learnt so far.

BBC Terrific Scientific aims to address the challenges faced by teachers by making science teaching easier and more accessible. A recent report into primary science commissioned by the Wellcome Trust has found that improving access to science lesson plans and materials was the most common method for improving scientific teaching.

Everything you need to take part in the Terrific Scientific curriculum linked science investigations is available on the BBC Terrific Scientific website, including detailed lesson plans, student worksheets and cross curricular activities. There are also online resources providing additional support for science learning.

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And what do teachers think about Terrific Scientific? This short film explains.

Sign up your classes now to join future mass participation investigations and be a part of real academic research and discoveries – coming up next is the Feet (Evolution & Inheritance) investigation starting in November 2017.


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