Thursday 29th September Year 5 Underneath the Ice

Today Year 5 became ice core scientists, travelled to the Antarctic and discovered what we can find out about the past from air bubbles trapped in the ice. The children used this as inspiration to write their own poetry. To find out more about the Antarctic and to see the completed poems, visit our Underneath the Ice page.

Thursday 29th September Year 3 Geologists

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

This afternoon Year 3 became geologists and investigated rocks from space. For more information about geologists and meteorites, visit our Geologist page.

To use objects from around your home to create your own meteorite impact craters- just like those we can see on the moon, visit our STEM at Home Impact Craters page.

Tuesday 27th September Year 1 and 2 Naval Architects

This afternoon, Year 1 and 2 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 Marine Park 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 1 have been using our Magnets loans boxes. For more information about the loans boxes, STEM careers and activities to try at home, visit our  and our Magnets loans box page.

Wednesday 25th May Reception Bubbles

Today Reception class have been investigating different ways to blow bubbles. Why not try our non-messy indoor bubbles at home? You only need a teaspoon of washing up liquid and sugar and a straw to blow bubbles with. Go to our STEM at home bubbles page to find out more.

KS2 Palaeontology and Electricity Loans Boxes June to July 2022

This half term, Marine Park Primary have borrowed our KS2 Palaeontology and Electricity loans boxes. To find out more about the boxes and for related activities you can try at home, click:

Palaeontology loans box

Electricity loans box

Thursday 12th and Friday 13th May EYFS bubbles and magnets

On Thursday and Friday NUSTEM have been in Reception and Nursery classes to help the children to investigate bubbles and magnets. To find out how to blow almost mess free bubbles on a flat surface at home, go to our bubbles STEM at home page or to make a magnet game, go to our magnet maze STEM at home page.

Friday 6th May Reception Robots

Today NUSTEM visited Reception class to investigate robots and simple coding. Reception children all got a game and instructions sheet to bring home. More information about the game and other activities can be found on our Robot Coding STEM at home page.

Tuesday 29th March 2022 Year 5 Materials Scientists

This afternoon, Year 5 became materials scientists, testing a variety of materials for their different properties and finding uses for them. We have a few activities that you might want to try that use materials you would find in your house.

Bridge building challenge– use card, pens, rulers- whatever you can find to build a the strongest bridge

Insulating ice– which of the materials that you can find around your home makes the best insulator?

Build a nest – can you use materials from around your home to build a nest that will keep an egg safe?

Thursday 6th and Friday 7th January 2022 EYFS Marine Engineers

This week children in Reception and Nursery have become 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.