How to be a Scientist - Lesson plans

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Discover the skills it takes to become a scientist in DK’s new science book for kids with science presenter and comedian Steve Mould.

Being a scientist isn’t just about wearing a lab coat and performing science experiments in test tubes. It’s about looking at the world and trying to figure out how it works.

Download this Space: The Relationship of the Earth and the Moon Lesson Plan for KS2 (ages 7 to 9)

  • Use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky
  • Describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth
  • Describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies
  • Plus class activities and a suggested quiz.

Podcasts for Book Lovers

We’ve put together a list of our favourite reading related podcasts for you to enjoy. From celebrity storytelling to a tour of the fascinating connections between Shakespeare and the world around us, there should be something to suit all tastes.

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The Underground Railroad - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017 Man Booker Dozen. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead by clicking below.

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Arthur C Clarke Centenary

The Arthur C. Clarke Award is the most prestigious award for science fiction in Britain. The annual award is given for the best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. The award was established with a generous grant given by Sir Arthur C. Clarke and the first prize was awarded in 1987 to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The winner receives a prize consisting of a number of pounds sterling equal to the current year (£2017 for year 2017).

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