Welcome to Curiosity Connections June Newsletter!

Curiosity Connections Bristol is the network for people who want to deliver inspirational primary Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning in the greater Bristol region.

Via our website, newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and events we will highlight stories, curriculum-linked activities and toolkits which help you connect the STEM in the real world with STEM in school.

In this newsletter

Stories from around the Network 

Meet The Network - 17th May 2017

Primary school teachers, STEM Ambassadors and other representatives from STEM organisations in and around Bristol, came to meet and greet each other at the inaugural event for Curiosity Connections. Attendees were able to make valuable connections with people with a wide range of STEM experiences and share their ideas for where they would like to take their primary STEM activity in the future. A great event, thank you to everyone who came.

Yate schools get on board with STEM

A group of STEM Ambassadors from Team Leidos have been working closely with primary schools in Yate to develop and deliver STEM activities tailored to the needs of classroom teachers.

At Abbotswood Primary School, STEM Ambassadors Alicia and Stuart ran STEM activities over three days that culminated in an epic codebreaking boat race! India, Lauren and Elliot worked with Tyndale School to programme a treasure map game in scratch, and Alec and Sarah told pupils at St John’s Mead school all about crocodile blood!

Commenting on the activity, STEM Ambassador Alicia remarked "It made me very happy to see the children enjoying themselves... seeing their confidence and imagination and knowing that you have got them interested in topics that are sometimes dismissed as boring or too complicated is very fulfilling."

Coming up in June 

Food chains, falcons and feathery dinos!

Festival of Nature’s Bristol Schools’ Day on Friday 9th June is exclusively for primary schools AND it is free for schools to attend AND AND there are still some places available!

Help your pupils discover local wildlife and its habitats with activities linked into the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum for Science and Geography, delivered by organisations such as Avon Wildlife Trust, University of Bristol and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust.

Bookings can be made for up to 60 pupils (2 classes), for a ninety minute session in one of three time slots: 9:30-11:00, 11:15-12:45, or 13:00-14:30.


If you have any questions about Schools’ Day or the registration process, please contact

For more information on what the rest of the Festival of Nature has to offer, download the complete programme here.

What's new on the website 

The Children's University

The Children’s University encourages all children aged 5 to 14 years to participate in innovative and creative learning activities outside of the school day. Children's University encourages the wider community to support out-of-school learning by registering them as Learning Destination partners. In the Bristol area, Learning Destination partners include the Botanic GardensArnos Vale and ss Great Britain, as well as many others.

Follow this link to find out more about how your school or Learning Destination can get involved with the West of England Children’s University.


Following a tip off at the Meet the Network meeting we have added Explorify to our collection of curriculum-linked resources. It is a programme of activities for primary school teachers that sparks pupils’ curiosity and develops their thinking skills. The focus is on the journey, rather than on finding the right answer. It’s about asking ‘Why?’ and ‘What if?’ and ‘What does this mean?’. There is something for everyone here!

STEM Competitions for pupils 

The Great Bug Hunt

Identify a local habitat, get the pupils to discover the minibeasts that live there, draw them and record their findings – easy! Closing date 16th June, so get in quick!

Follow this link for more information.

Lights, camera, ACTION!

Create a video explaining something in STEM in under 60 seconds, and absolutely anyone aged 6 and up can take part. Fantastic prizes are up for grabs!

Closing date is 5pm on 14th June.

Follow this link for more information.

Plus there is still time to enter some of the competitions from last month's newsletter - the Nancy Rothwell Award for biological specimen drawings (you could combine this with the Great Bug Hunt!) and the Stop The Spread Youth Grand Challenge which could be a suitable STEM activity for Yr 6 this summer.

STEM CPD for primary teachers 

Conference - Progression in Science

This conference will provide teachers from all phases of education the chance to learn about current research and outstanding practice in ensuring progression in science. It is an opportunity for leaders and teachers of science from key stage 2 to key stage 5 to consider how we can develop our practice so that pupils are inspired to develop their understanding and carry on asking questions about the world around them. (£, but book soon for an early bird discount!)

Curiosity Connections Conference

In October 2017 we are planning a Curiosity Connections conference for everyone involved in primary STEM education. Watch this newsletter space and the website ( for details.

Who you gonna call?! 

Tell us your STEM story!

We want you to tell us your stories of the STEM activities you've been up to, and about any upcoming STEM events you have planned. Then we can share them with the network - sharing is caring!


If you are someone with a job in any sort of STEM-related field and you want to work with primary school aged children, or if you are a teacher wanting local scientists and engineers to visit your school, your next step is to contact the STEM Ambassador Hub West England.
The Curiosity Connections network is being delivered as a collaboration between UWE Bristol and the STEM Ambassador Hub West England.
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