Thursday 22nd September Year 1 Naval Architects

This afternoon, Year 1 became naval architects. They designed, built and tested their own boats.

To discover how to design, build and test a boat with tin foil, visit our STEM at Home tin foil boats page.

NUSTEM at Barley Mow Primary School 2022 – 2023

NUSTEM is an outreach group based at Northumbria University. We believe that STEM should be accessible to everyone, for study and for pleasure, from early years, through school, to employment, and beyond. We support children, families and teachers to feel more confident that a career in STEM is for ‘people like them’.

Your child or children have been using one of our NUSTEM loans boxes in class. NUSTEM loans boxes are linked to STEM careers and contain original objects and replicas that can be handled and used as part of classroom activities.  While using the resources in the boxes, children get the opportunity to try out and explore some of the skills, techniques, equipment and ideas that STEM professionals use on a day-to-day basis.

This term, children in Key Stage 2 have been using our Electricity  and SAMlabs loans boxes. For more information about the loans boxes, STEM careers and activities to try at home, visit our  and our Electricity loans box page and our SAMlabs loans box activity page.

Thursday 7th April – Year 3 Geologists and Year 1 Materials Scientists

Iron meteorite from Chaco, Argentina. One of the ‘Campo del Cielo’ fragments first found in 1576.

Today Year 3 became geologists and investigated meteorites, while Year 1 became materials scientists and discovered the different properties of materials. For more activities to try at home, go to our meteor crater activity or our bridge building activity.

Wednesday 6th April – Year 5 and 6 Environmental Planners

Today Year 5 and 6 became environmental planners and used old maps of the local area to discover land uses in the past, then planned coastal defences for the future. Go to our Environmental Planners page to find out more!

STEM week at Barley Mow – Tuesday 15th March – Year 2 Naval Architects and Year 4 Mechanical Engineers

Today Year 2 became naval architects and designed and built boats, while Year 4 became mechanical engineers and looked at the forces involved in marble runs. For more activities to try at home, go to our marble run activity, or our foil boats activity.


STEM week at Barley Mow – Monday 14th March – EYFS light and shadows

Today Nursery and Reception have been lighting engineers, investigating light and shadows. We also had a family workshop after school where we made shadow tubes. To make your own shadow tubes go to our STEM at home page.

16th February 2022 EYFS Marine Engineers

Today children in Reception and Nursery became marine engineers and investigated floating and sinking. To try a simple floating and sinking activity at home, using only tin foil and coins, visit our NUSTEM at home Foil Boats page.

Wednesday 19th January Year 5 Underneath the Ice

Today Year 5 have been finding out about what happens underneath the ice in Antarctica. They then wrote their own poem about this. To Find out more and read some poems by children in other schools, visit our Underneath the Ice website page. You may even find their poems there soon!

Friday 14th January 2022 EYFS Glaciologists

Today Nursery and Reception children became Glaciologists and investigated melting ice. Why not try our NUSTEM melting ice activity at home? All you need is some ice cubes and bowls to put them in.

14th March 2019 Year 2 Systems Engineers and Year 5 Medical Physics

Today Year 2  became systems engineers, designing, creating. testing and improving marble runs to see how long they could get the marble to roll for. To find out more about systems engineering and to discover some fun activities to try at home, click here.

Year 5 found out about careers in medical physics and where physics and technology is used to look inside the human body. To find out more, click here.