Science Discovery Activities

Annually we contribute to the Science Discovery Day in March with the usual engaging, amazing contribution from our third year students and undoubtedly an equally enthusiastic general public. We have contributed to this event for over twenty years and it is such a valuable opportunity for both our students and the recipients of their knowledge (and fun!). However, it wasn’t possible to have a public event this year so instead we designed our activities so that you can use them yourself with your 7-12 year olds whether you are home-schooling or a teacher.

A range of free AQA level resources from OUP are here including Psychology

Here is a St. Andrews collaboration – Lessons on Animal Minds for 8-12 year olds What kind of Mind?

Some downloadable activities (PDFs) for teachers and homeschoolers – Lesson plans, Powerpoints and background materials (7-12 year olds)

Colour Constancy Lesson Plan Background PowerPoint

Pareidolias Lesson Plan Background PowerPoint

Memory Palace Lesson Plan Background PowerPoint

Kim’s Game (Memory) Lesson Plan PowerPoint

Face Perception Lesson Plan Background PowerPoint

Eyewitness Testimony (1) Lesson Plan PowerPoint

Eyewitness Testimony (2) Lesson Plan Background

Making sense of our senses Lesson Plan PowerPoint

Confusing our senses and synaesthesia -for 6 to 11 year olds

False Memories – how can our memories be inaccurate – for 8 to 12 year olds

Inattentional blindness -Memory Palace for all ages

Memory Palace – how to improve your memory – for 8 to 14 year olds

Mirror Neurons and a discussion of Autism – for 11 to 16 year olds

Navigation Cells – how we get around in our world – for 5 to 11 year olds

The Peanut Challenge – chimpanzees can do it can you? – for 5 to 8 year olds

The Ultimatum Game – do we cooperate? – 4 to 11 year olds