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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of Carl Linnaeus

In this video, Carl Linnaeus talks about his scientific method of classifying plants, animals and stones. He explains his new classification system, which is known as taxonomy, and how it helps us determine what an organism is. The naming is decided by their genus and species. We learn about how he came up with the idea on a research visit ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:03
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of Nicolaus Copernicus

This video shows how Nicolaus Copernicus, an early astronomer, scientist and priest in Poland, thought the sun was at the centre of the solar system. This theory was known as the heliocentric model. It was controversial, as accepted wisdom at the time (supported by the church) was that Earth was at the centre of the universe. In this video, he ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:34
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of Sir Isaac Newton

In this video, Sir Issac Newton explains how he discovered gravity when an apple fell from a tree and (as legend has it) hit him on the head. He outlines how he used scientific method and process to think about gravity, questioning why things fall straight down, not sideways or upwards. He talks about how he carried out his own ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:19
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace

This video explores how Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace came up with the theory of evolution and process of natural selection. It is set in 1858 and explains the adaptation of plants and animals to their environment. The video covers how they both explored the connection between animals and humans, and asked scientific questions about the origin of plants and ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:13
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of Caroline and William Herschel

This video introduces Caroline Herschel and her brother William. Caroline talks about their work studying the planets and the solar system, and shares her astronomical discoveries, including comets and nebulae. She also explains how she was the first woman to discover a comet, which was subsequently named after her, 35 P Herschel-Rigollet. William talks about how he discovered the planet ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:28
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of Mary Anning

This video explores how Mary Anning used her findings to gain insight into the Jurassic past. She lived in Dorset in 1823 and used to go fossil hunting in Lyme Regis. She was one of the first palaeontologists and originally worked with her father. In this video, she explains the scientific method of observing, recording data and concluding. She also ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:59
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Growth Mindset What is a good mistake?

Tom and Caitlin are two young students doing a science project at a space centre. Tom starts off with a fixed mindset. He is wary of taking risks with his learning and fears the consequences of making mistakes. Caitlin is the opposite. She has a growth mindset and feels happy and confident when taking risks. She wants to use trial ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:59
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Growth Mindset How your mindset can affect your approach to challenges

A school talent show is announced. Tom and Meesha are both going to enter. Tom has a growth mindset, while Meesha has a fixed mindset. Tom wants to challenge himself. Meesha wants to avoid a challenge. She just wants to do something she's done before, that she knows is safe. Tom decides to try juggling. He practices and practices, works ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:58
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Growth Mindset How to develop a positive mindset

Meesha and Lucas are in a math lesson. Meesha is happy to take on the challenges set by the teacher, but Lucas is more reluctant. Meesha has a growth mindset. She believes intelligence, talent and ability are open to change. So she believes she can get better at math. This means she tries, puts in effort and works hard to ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:00
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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A World Without Maths How to use arrays to multiply

Mr Sharma needs to buy new pencils for the school but they only come in boxes of 5. How does he know how many he’s got? His attempts at guessing leave Mrs Barker in a sticky situation. This sounds like a job for Multiplication Boy! Luckily, our hero in A World Without Maths knows what to do. He speeds up ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:52
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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