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Gifted & Talented Challenges

Science Challenges - Practical Activites for Able Pupils in KS2

These materials have been developed in response to two identified needs. Firstly teachers are reporting that there are few resources to support pupils who have reached standards exceeding national expectations. Secondly, Ofsted reports have frequently identified that the most able pupils are insufficiently challenged and that their rate of progress is unsatisfactory. This pack of activities will help teachers of higher-attaining pupils to provide suitable work for them within Key Stage 2.

The activities are aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils, mainly in Years 5 and 6, who already have a secure understanding of the basic knowledge set out within the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.

What is Available

Schools in Hertfordshire are able to download the entire Science Challenges document. If you are not in a Hertfordshire school then a sample section of one of the Challenges is available, along with Teachers' Notes from another of the Challenges. All of the documents are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

If you are outside of a Hertfordshire school and would like to purchase a copy of Science Challenges please contact the Hertfordshire Science Adviser.


Part of a Challenge - Shipwrecked

Teacher's Notes for the Experience the Moon Challenge

Science Challenges coverSample exercise - ShipwreckedSample Teacher's Notes - Experience the Moon