Classroom Support for Schools

A-level Philosophy Teaching Materials


Cardiff University School of Philosophy have created a booklet of teaching materials for A-level Philosophy. The Nietzsche's Critique of Morality resource booklet contains six short essays with comprehension questions and puzzles for discussion. It is designed to facilitate work that meets the criterion of independent critical engagement. This is intended for the 'Why Should I Be Moral?' module of the AS-level as well as the 'Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil' module of the A2-level.

Adapting to Climate Change in Wales


This pack has been designed to support activities of teachers and pupils of Key Stage 4 Geography, Geology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Humanities, Personal and Social Education. It explores how changes in the climate change could impact citizens of Wales, and in particular how citizens could adapt to living in a different climate. Although the focus is on Wales, this packs draws on examples from all over the world.

Agent Exoplanet


Have you ever wondered how astronomers discover planets orbiting stars outside our Solar System? This activity takes you through the steps astronomers use when they study extra-solar planet transits.
The School of Physics offers, Agent Exoplanet, an interactive web project which lets you measure the brightness of a star with a transiting planet. As the planet goes between us and the star, the planet blocks some of the light from the star. We measure this dip in brightness and see a light curve. Properties of this light curve give us information about the planet's size, mass, orbital distance and orbital speed. This is especially useful for non–astronomy-expert teachers who find themselves teaching astronomy in the classroom.
As well as an online web app, we have also created a worksheet for students and a Teacher’s Guide. These resources are designed to help teachers to explore the discovery of planets in our Galaxy.

Bioaccumulation and food chains with the Otter Project


Whole lessons created by Cardiff University Otter Project can be found on the TES teaching resources page. These highlight the impacts that contaminants have on the UKs largest carnivore, whilst tying in with WJEC curriculum. Pupils are guided through the concepts of food chains and bioaccumulation in the context of real life and current research examples. The food chain lesson is aimed at a KS2/KS3 level and has differentiation for lower and higher ability incorporated within the lesson through both differentiation by task and support. There are two bioaccumulation lessons, one aimed at a KS3/ lower ability KS4 and the other which is aimed at higher ability KS3/ KS4. Also available are Literacy, Numeracy and thinking short activities for starters and plenaries. Developing vocabulary, Odd One Out, Source Square, Memory Graph and Cloze activity. All themed around otters and how they are at risk from pollution.
All resources have been developed in collaboration with a secondary school biology teacher. The PowerPoints run through the entire lesson, with separate supporting information for teachers.

To find the resources please follow the links below

Cancer Awareness Activity


This highly interactive and visual outreach activity is run by a team of School of Biosciences undergraduate facilitators . Each facilitator will run a 40-50 minute session with their own individual group of 6-8 pupils. This activity aims to demystify this complex disease, highlighting risk factors, why cancers form and how they can can spread through the body and existing and possible future treatments. This includes showcasing research from our European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute. This activity includes questions directly linked with either the Year 10 or Year 12 biology specification.

Cardiff Business School Admissions Sessions for Schools and Colleges


Staff from Cardiff Business School offer to visit schools and colleges to run sessions with year 12 students to discuss pathways to university study. These sessions include a presentations on the value of university study and business-orientated degrees in particular, with brochures and employability handouts: they also include a Q & A to invite pupil's interest and queries.

Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER) – Brain Games


Brain Games is one of a number curriculum linked school engagement activities delivered in local schools by researcher. Brain Games is a range of activities specifically designed key stage 2 pupils, but readily adaptable to different levels all the way up to A' level. These sessions deliver taught elements alongside activities to show how the brain is made, how it communicates and some fun illustrations of what the brain can (or can’t) do. Activities include making brain hats, pipe cleaner neurons, the stroop race, the worlds one and only inflatable bouncy brain with information panels built in to learn while you bounce and bespoke brain puzzles to get your own grey matter going. To find out more about Brain Games contact Dr Emma Lane:

Cells, Genes & Mutations


The School of Biosciences offers a day-long set of activities that explore understanding cells and mutations as well as discussions relating to the consequences of different lifestyle choices on generic mutation rates and hence risk of developing cancer. These activities are: a 15-20min activity to visualise your own cheek cells using microscopy (KS2 upward), an hour-long activity using DNA models (Y9 upward), and a 3-hour practical workshop in which pupils learn about the Polymerase Chain Reaction (Y9 upward – ideal for A level pupils). These activities can also be used as individual activities.

Chemistry – Public Lectures


The School of Chemistry offer a range of lectures suitable for students studying Chemistry at key stages 4 and 5. The lectures are delivered by researchers in the field of Chemistry. The current lectures offered include: Shape and Form in the World of Crystals, What Do Chemists Do, and Aren't All Chemicals Bad For You?, Nanotechnology - is it new?, What Drives a Catalytic Converter? and Forensic Science. To find out more about the lectures and to contact a researcher follow the link to the School of Chemistry's Community Engagement pages by clicking on the image or title above.

Chemistry Clock Race


Cardiff School of Chemistry postgraduate students can come to your school and run a workshop on indicators and chemical reaction. The aim of the session is to work out the right ratios to get an iodine clock reaction to change colour at a specified time. The session begins with a short introduction about indicators and finishing with a memorable and interactive demonstration in which students compete in the Clock Race challenge. Pairs of students mix two supplied solutions and watch for a colour change. They then dilute their solutions with the aim of achieving a predictable time delay before the colour change occurs. At the end of the workshop, the whole class takes part in a ‘Mexican wave’ of colour changes.

Chemistry in the 3rd Dimension


Chemistry in the 3rd Dimension is an immersive 1 hour workshop most suitable for KS4 + KS5 students. An adapted shorter version is also available for KS3 students.
Our workshop begins with an introduction to computational chemistry – using computers to understand and predict chemical reactions, followed by a showcase of the wide variety of research being performed within the Chemistry Department at Cardiff University.
Students then don a pair of 3D glasses which allow them to ‘step inside’ a variety of chemical simulations where 3D is used to describe the properties of these systems.
Our requirements for this workshop are as follows:
1. Use of a darkened room (for example auditorium), and access to a power supply.
2. Use of a standard projector and whiteboard during the introduction talk.
3. A maximum of 100 students per workshop.
Please note the 3D element of this workshop is not suitable for anyone with epilepsy.
To request a workshop or for further information please contact Liam Thomas:

Classroom Experience Project

Foundation KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

The Classroom Experience Project provides classroom-based work experience opportunities for Cardiff University undergraduate and postgraduate students looking for a career in teaching. The project seeks to match and place Cardiff University students in all types of schools and colleges within Cardiff including Welsh-medium, and special schools. Classroom Experience Project students get involved in day to day classroom activities as well as specific educational projects with the host school. Successful projects to date include; maths support, literacy support, a Forest School project, science-based projects and A-level revision sessions. The students enrich the learning experience for school pupils and are positive role models for higher education, helping to raise the aspirations of pupils. To become a host school or find out more link with us via Twitter: @CEP_CU or emails using the link below.

Darwin Centre

Foundation KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

The Darwin Centre for Biology and Medicine was founded in Cardiff by Professor Tony Campbell in 1993, moving to Pembrokeshire in 1999. It has evolved from a Biological and Medicine engagement platform through a week-long Science Engineering and Technology (SET) Festival, to its current format as a year-round engagement provider in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in its broadest sense.

Dynamics of Cancer


The School of Biosciences provides a lesson for teachers that first introduces pupils to the topics of evolution and natural selection, before explaining how DNA mutation can give rise to cancer, and how evolution and natural selection of cancer cells can give rise to drug resistance and relapse in patients. The teaching pack contains the presentation, crib sheet and resources required for the lesson including dressing-up materials!

Harvard Referencing – Tutorial


This tutorial will help you understand how to:
•cite sources in your written work
•include quotations in your written work
•write your references list

using the Cardiff University Harvard referencing style.

Healthy Hearts and Exercise


This is a 50-minute interactive session looking at the physiology of the heart. There is a variety of sessions that are run by university staff including heart pressure, EEG recording, worksheets and a talk on studying Biosciences at university. There is also a detailed instruction pack for teachers to run similar activities in the future.

Inspiring Science Education (ISE)

Foundation KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

The Inspiring Science Education project, funded by EU FP7, aims to motivate and stimulate teachers to attract youngsters to the world of scientific discoveries, natural and scientific phenomena and much more by providing them within their classrooms with access to the latest interactive tools and digital resources.

Multiwavelength Astronomy


Explore the Electromagnetic Spectrum using images from astronomy from the radio to gamma ray. The main activity is a quiz involving matching up objects seen at different wavelengths. As optional extras, students can study one object in more detail through their own research and design a poster explaining the object.

Teacher resources (ppt) are available to explain the different regions of the spectrum in an astronomical context and can also cover themes such as black-body radiation (generally for 16-19 only). The main activity generally takes about 20-30 minutes to complete, and so fits nicely into a single lesson, although it can be expanded to a double lesson. It is also applicable for science clubs.

The activity uses Herschel Space Observatory as a case study to explain observations at other wavelengths.

Session is generally given by a researcher to a class or CPD teacher training session, so it can be given in person at later times by the teacher(s) in the classroom environment.

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The School of Biosciences offers an interactive session designed to introduce pupils to the structure and function of sensory and motor neurones, synapses and neurotransmitters, action potentials and nerve conduction and sensory responses. It consists of a series of activities that are delivered by university staff: these include an introductory powerpoint presentation, make your own neurone, animations, Stroop test, EEG tests. There is a detailed instruction pack for teachers to run similar sessions afterwards.

Operational Research Ambassadors in Schools (ORAiS)


The School of Maths runs an annual partnership with the Operational Research Society during which Undergraduate students work with secondary schools observing lessons and acting as general Teaching Assistants. Through this partnership a set of teaching materials and student enrichment resources are created which incorporate Operational Research introducing and developing the discipline of Operational Research in schools.

Pitch Perfect Physics


This is a lesson plan for a GCSE class to investigate the relationship between frequency and wavelength leading to the equation c = frequency x wavelength using fun demonstrations based on sound.
The lesson plan meets the needs of four GCSE exam board syllabi. A variety of learning and teaching styles are considered to make the lesson plan appealing, from a learning perspective, to as many students as possible. The learning outcome is to teach students the inverse relationship between frequency and wavelength through a series of mini experiments in the classroom.

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Loan Boxes


This A-level biology outreach activity provides state of the art equipment, set up guides and ready-made class worksheets that supports hands-on learning directly in the classroom. The loan boxes include a thermal cycler, Gilson pipettes and tips, gels and gel tanks, power supply, reagents as well as a PowerPoint presentations for teachers to use on a loan basis. This activity can usually be supported by a researcher and/or undergraduate students.

School of Architecture. Teaching support for Welsh Baccalaureate Challenges and Individual Project


The Welsh School of Architecture has developed a series of teaching and learning materials, focusing on introducing architecture that will assist in the delivery of each of the Welsh Baccalaureate Challenges, along with assisting in the development of the Individual Project. Five undergraduate students have been working towards this series of exciting lessons and materials to help teachers of the Welsh Baccalaureate successfully deliver the qualification.

Shape My Street Key Stage 2 National Competition


The SHAPE MY STREET competition is a key stage 2 activity that has been designed to introduce young learners to ideas about home, place and community ran by the Cardiff School of Architecture. Within structured, creative learning activities, classmates aged 7-11 will discuss which aspects of ‘home’ and ‘street’ make successful neighbourhoods. The competition activities are intended to develop understanding of the importance of design and quality in the built environment, and raise awareness of careers in design and related creative industries. To find out more or to get involved email

SHARE with Schools: Sixth Form Workshop


A more informal chat and discussion with university students about aspects of university life and finance, as well as group exercises to encourage pupils to think like a researcher. We deliver this workshop in selected schools, working towards widening access to Higher Education.

Snot Shop: the biophysics of boogies


Snot Shop is an interactive activity to explain how the human respiratory system works and its key components. It explores how humans get lung infections and the body's defense mechanisms as well as how to recognise different lung diseases and symptoms. These activities also develop lab skills including how to use basic lab equipment and manual skills, analytical skills, following scientific procedures and how to use "controls" in a scientific experiment. It can be adapted to suit all year groups.

Stem Cells and their Ethics


This activity explains what stem cells are, their uses in therapies and basic research, and associated ethical issues. It is delivered in school by university students or staff. The activities explore what stem cells are and their uses; then discuss a choice of ethical issues including: 'Basic rights of an embryo when life starts', 'A comparison of using stem cells vs animal experimentation to test drugs' or 'Should the Government fund embryonic stem cell research?'

Step Up to University Programme


The Step Up to University Programme aims to raise aspirations, raise attainment and provide support for secondary-aged pupils from disadvantaged areas to continue their studies post 16. The programme is a core part of Cardiff University's Widening Participation Programme. It develops a two-year relationship with pupils in schools from which there have traditionally been low rates of progression to university.

Student Teaching Scheme


Cardiff University School of Modern Languages is supporting the teaching and learning of foreign languages in schools and colleges. The Student Teaching Scheme engages two sets of inter-linked learners: final year Modern Languages students at Cardiff University and secondary-school pupils learning foreign languages in regional schools. The University students receive practical and theoretical pedagogical training by University staff and external partners, then gain mentored teaching experience in the local schools. They observe teaching by professionals, support classroom activities and lead teaching sessions using new learning resources they generate themselves. Students also organise and run a languages study day in the University for year 9 pupils, to encourage them to continue with languages. If you would like to become involved, please contact Liz Wren-Owens at the email address below:

The Illustration Archive

Foundation KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

The Illustration Archive is the world's largest searchable online database of historic book illustrations. The images span the eighteenth to the twentieth century and cover works of literature, history, geography, philosophy and science. The Archive can be searched in multiple ways, and provides full access to the books in which the images appeared. The illustrations are copyright free and can be tagged as well as searched. The 'In the Classroom' part of the site includes a guide for teachers on how these historic illustrations can be used in school projects.

Universe in the Classroom

Foundation KS2

The Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy is reaching out to primary schools and communities across Wales, hoping to spark a curiosity about the Universe in young children. Universe in the Classroom is a new initiative funded by the Welsh Assembly National Science Academy that will provide improved teaching methods and innovative tools to modernise and enhance the way STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are taught to young children. The programme will train over 100 Welsh primary school teachers to use the new resources which include a 0.4-m robotic telescope, Universe in a Box educational toolkits and dozens of enquiry-based learning activities.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Being Digital


The Open University's award winning resource comprises activities and pathways to assist learners in finding, critically evaluating and communicating information in an online environment. For other useful resources for teaching the Welsh Bacc, please visit the University's Information Services website:

Welsh Language Revision Sessions


The School of Welsh offer revision sessions to pupils studying Welsh in key stage 5 at the University. We also attend sixth form conferences and revision days; and host an annual revision day for students studying Welsh as a second language. Contact us to find out more or to book a session.

Welsh School of Architecture – Primary and Secondary School Workshops

Foundation KS1 KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

The Welsh School of Architecture lead workshops in local primary and secondary schools. Since March 2018, members of staff have visit schools to teach workshops which give pupils an overview of architecture as a subject and profession. During the workshop, classes participate in activities such as creating their own model houses. We discuss the different aspects of housing design that architects need to think about (such as materials, adaptability, environment, transparency and function) and encourage pupils to think creatively.