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Science Oxford’s Fab 5 Favourite Resources for Primary Schools

Sunday 7th January 2018

We’ve been busy digging out the best free online resources for primary school classes. This month, we feature growing the materials for your own bamboo panpipes and some Brian Cox videos choc-full of tasty ideas including a trip to Thornton’s factory to find out about chocolate. Check out our Fab 5 favourite resources that will get even the most reluctant learners excited!

1 Growing MusicGrowing Music

This creative project is a WOMAD Foundation project which brings together music, science and design technology within a cultural context, based on growing bamboo and making and playing Colombian pan pipes. There are also details about how to bring a Colombian musician or artists from across the world to your school! Download your free copy of this KS2 resource at


2 Brian Cox School Experiments

In association with the Royal Society and the Ogden Trust, Brian Cox presents these fab videos that not only support experimental science in the classroom but also relate that science to the real world. Each set of four videos relate to specific topics and are accompanied by written resources for teachers.

Visit and register for free to download.


3 Why You’ll Never Catch Smallpox

Another cross-curricular gem, this free resource follows Dr Jenner as he develops his life-saving vaccine. With a film, interactive simulations and plenty of hands-on learning, it’s no wonder this resource won a coveted Education Resources Award this year!

Visit to download for free.


4 Explorify

With fab discussion starters, inspired by our very own Thinking, Doing, Talking Science project (, to low prep, high engagement investigations, we love the resources available for free at



5 #12 Days12 ideas for Science Oxford’s Christmas 

Watch our 12 Days of Christmas Science campaign on our YouTube channel, and see some fun science demonstrations filmed by our staff to try at home or use in the classroom next term. With optical illusions, treats for the birds and even a cheeky scientific tipple, there’s plenty of ideas you can have a go at!

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