Key Stage 2

Bring STEM education to life in the classroom

KS2 Design and Technology

Curiosity Passport

Using the Curioisity Passport students are encoraged to explore the world around them and how ingenious inventions are made.

Build a Bus Activity

This worksheet is full of mini activities for students to complete while they learn about how hybrid technology is benefiting people and the environment. There’s even the chance to put together a hybrid bus of your own!

Introduce this activity by watching this video on how hybrid bus technology is used everyday!

Build a wind turbine

This activity sheet is designed in introduce KS2 students to wind turbines though a hands on task. Students are required to cut and build their own model wind turbine before exploring how modifications can make their turbine spin faster.

Life without STEM

The life without STEM interative game uses five scenarios to provide teachers with a topical and engaging tool for exploring how ideas, developments and discoveries in STEM subjects have changed and improved the world we live in.

STEM Activity Magazine

Meet Roblet - the editor of the new Siemens STEM activity magazine.

 

In each issue you will explore a new topic such as digitalisation, exploration or sustainability.

 

Investigate STEM with hands on activities including:

-        Code breaking

-        Stargazing

-        Science experiments

-        And more!

 

Grow and develop your problem-solving skills with a printable puzzle page at the end of every issue.

KS2 Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education

Girls in STEM

The Siemens Education 'Girls in STEM' classroom activity was developed with support from the PSHE Association  to help teachers and parents encourage and nurture their child’s careers ambitions.  

 

This resource is aimed at pupils aged 10 years and builds on evidence suggesting careers expectations and aspirations are set at a very early stage. 

 

The lessons are also designed to help address the gender imbalance and the drop-off in interest in STEM subjects and career choice in primary school through the PSHE curriculum. 

KS2 Science

Clean Silent Trains

This topic uses the context of rail travel to provide a range of learning activities, beginning with an historical setting where pupils are asked to imagine what different types of travel were like before looking at uses of electric motors.

Finally pupils are provided with the challenge of running a good rail service using mathematical understanding and logical thinking to develop and evaluate solutions.

Pupils should describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Energy, Electricity and Circuits - Keadby2 Education

Keadby2  is one of the bigest power stations in europe and uses Siemens gas turbines to generate the energy required to power our homes.

 

A set of educational resources have been developed by Keadby2 Education to help KS2 students to discover the various forms of energy generation and explain the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy generation.

 

Watch this video to meet KB2 and Reg and and learn about renewable and non-renewable energy, electricity and circuits, before moving onto the activity sheets and interactive game!

Dress the Site Worker interactive game is designed for KS2 students to develop their understanding of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Students are required to help the team at Keadby2 get ready for work by providing them with the clothes they need to protect themselves

Let There Be Light 

Pupils will have opportunities to apply their understanding of circuits and consider how technological changes impact people. They will also describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including types of settlement and land use.

  • Associate the brightness of a lamp or volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells in the circuit.
  • Compare and explain variations in how components function, including brightness and on/off position of switches.
  • Use recognised symbols to represent a simple circuit in a diagram.
  • Economic activity including trade links; the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

MRI Experience

Help your pupils to develop their understanding of the purpose of medical imaging and MRI imaging in particular and help them to understand how science and technology is used every day to improve people’s lives.

 

This lesson plan encourages pupils to learn more about what MRI imaging is, what it does, why it is useful and what it’s like to have a scan. It provides ideas for using the MRI Scan Experience app and supports teachers in using both the app and other Siemens Education resources to produce an engaging and effective lesson. The MRI Scan Experience (Siemens Healthineers) app is available on iTunes (iPad only) and Google Play.

The Human Body

Part 1 explores the role of the skeleton and muscles
Part 2 explores digestion and how the body gets what it needs from food.
Part 3
 explores circulation and how this system works.

 

Identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles to support simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system

  • Describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans
  • Identify and name main parts of the human circulatory system; describe functions of the heart, blood vessels

The human body is amazing! In this interactive game, learn about the anatomy and nutrition. You can explore the skeleton, digestive and circulatory systems with moving diagrams, MRIs and X-Ray videos. Finally, test out your knowledge with a speed trial skeleton builder and nutrition quiz!

Words along wires

Lessons use the context of long distance communications to get pupils thinking about how scientific ideas are used to develop solutions to challenges and how technology is about comparing and evaluating different solutions.

Describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including economic activity including trade links.

Compare and explain variations in how components function, including the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches.

Use recognised symbols to represent a simple circuit in a diagram.

Gears and Levers

Learn all about gears and levers in these Greenpower resources. These resources include a classroom presentation, guides for teachers and students, and a homework activity.

 

Topics covered include:

  • How levers work
  • How gears work
  • How teeth count affects gear wheel movement
  • Force and distance magnifiers
  • Torque

Friction

The following Greenpower resources provide teaching guides, student worksheets and videos all about friction. Activities can be differentiated for basic, normal and advanced levels of understanding.

 

Key learning points addressed:

  •  Friction is a force which acts to resist movement
  •  Friction is a contact force which is affected by the surface materials
  •  Friction may be increased by load, and decreased by lubrication
  • Where is friction desirable, and where is it undesirable?

Speed

Produced by Greenpower, these resources cover the topic of speed. All resources have the option of being simplified or advanced.

 

Key learning points include:

  •  Speed can be recorded in a range of units which can be inter-converted
  •  Instantaneous speed is the speed over a short time period
  • Average speed is the speed for a whole journey 
  • The calculation of speed, distance and times

Electrical Conductors

Learn about electrical conductors and insulators in these Greenpower resources!

 

Key learning points include:

  • Understand the difference between an electrical conductor and insulator
  • Understand related scientific terminology
  • Understand different materials have different resistivity to the flow of current
  • Cross-section area and length are key factors in the resistance of a component
  •  Suitable design can reduce energy losses