Resources 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 University Press


Cardiff University Press is an online Open Access publisher which provides free access for teachers and students to a variety of academic research journals. 10 Journals are currently available to view. These include Asian Literature and Translation, The British Student Doctor’, Martial Arts Studies, Studies in Gothic Fiction and Welsh Economic Review. To access these and other journal please follow the link above or search using:

Cardiff University’s Online Repository of Research Publications


ORCA or Online Research@Cardiff is Cardiff University’s own institutional repository of research publications written by the University’s own researchers. These include journal articles, conference papers, reports and doctoral thesis. Publications posted on ORCA predominantly cover topics related to subjects taught at the University including fully downloadable texts. The publications are a great resource for teachers and key stage 4 and 5. You can find potential articles of interest at the visiting

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.

Computer Science is as easy as Pi, Rasperry Pi


This workshop offers a hands on introduction to the Raspberry Pi and Python. From 'How do I switch it on' to 'programming your own minecraft world in Python' or 'Having fun with LED's and circuits'. This workshop can take place in your school or you can visit Cardiff University and combine this activity with one of our talks or meet the students events (numbers are limited).

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!

European Union information Sources


The ESO (European Sources online) is a free database and information service about Europe, including the European Union with accurate downloadable information guides. Suitable for all age groups including publications designed for younger individuals, the ESO is a handy tool for teachers who are looking to find information easily covering treaties, religion within the European Union to climate change. The European Sources Online gives daily updates via official information sources from EU institutions plus links to several of the continent’s news sources. To find out more follow the link above or visit the website

Free library membership for all sixth form and college students in Wales


Cardiff University Library Services are now offering a free membership scheme for sixth form and FE College students from across Wales. The scheme allows students to borrow up to two items from our 2 or 4 week loan collections. Students will also have walk-in access to our eResources service. To register online to join the membership scheme or to find out more about our services follow the title link above.

Free MOOC’s @Cardiff University

Cardiff University offer 4 free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC's) The online courses offer learners the opportunity to study anywhere at any time. The four courses currently on offer are:-
*Making Sense of Health Evidence: The Informed Consumer
*Working with Translation: Theory and Practice
*Muslims in Britain: Changes and Challenges
*Community Journalism: Digital and Social Media.
For more information about free online courses, please visit

Free walk-in access to Cardiff University’s Library Service

Teachers can register free with the University Library Service as external users and then access some of our external databases and collections for reference purposes. Please note saving or emailing resources is not permitted, however teachers can print (subject to copyright restrictions).

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.

Individual Project Proposals Bank – Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced


Researchers from across the University have been working with the WJEC to provide research proposals for the Individual Project relating to their area of research. Teachers and learners can access all of the approved Proposals via the WJEC resource page. Learners can now access contemporary and real life research proposals to help them formulate their own titles. The learner will be able to undertake research related to their future degree course, linked to the University they want to apply for, and for future employment. The Schools Partnership Project is managing the project in conjunction with the WJEC and these will be posted as they become approved. To view the Proposals currently available on the WJEC website, please click on the title here.
- Once you have reacher the 'related documents' page scroll down to view the Individual project Proposals.
- Find the subject of interest, click on the link and scroll through the different proposals offered by each of the participating universities.

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.

Please see also: chromoscope - see the universe in x-ray specs -

National Library of Wales @Cardiff

Visit Cardiff University to get free access to electronic resources from the National Library of Wales – for reference purposes only. For more information about the partnership between the National Library of Wales and Cardiff University, please visit



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.

Online resource for A-level Geography: Cardiff Case Studies:


The School of Geography and Planning have developed the Cardiff Case Studies initiative to help our contemporary research inform and inspire the teaching of Geography in classrooms across the UK. Case Studies have been developed together with the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, and provide short summaries of research undertaken by our academics. They have been designed to be relevant to school syllabi and can be free to download by Geography teachers and students. Topic available include:
1. Human geography - Explore case studies on cultural, development, economic and social geography, as well as sustainability and the environment.
2. Physical geography - Discover physical geography with case studies covering issues such as climate change and coastal management.
3. Research methods - Learn about various research methods used in the field of geography.

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.

Primary School Architecture Resource Pack

Foundation KS2

Cardiff University Welsh School of Architecture has developed a primary school resource pack which focuses on introducing architecture to children at the lower key stages, linking this to key themes studied at KS1 and KS2. The materials are fun and easy to use within the classroom.

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: Life in the Nineteenth Century Workshop


An introduction to aspects of local industrial, domestic and social history in the South Wales and Valleys area. We use presentations, discussion, images and aerial photography in this workshop, as well as offering guided object handling, giving pupils the opportunity to interact with genuine domestic and industrial artefacts from the time. We deliver this workshop in selected schools, working towards widening access to Higher Education.

SHARE with Schools: Romans in Wales Workshop


An introduction to how the Romans came to be in the place we now call Wales and their impact on it. In this workshop we use presentations, creative exercises, and quizzes. We also do guided object handling, giving pupils the opportunity to handle a mix of replica and genuine two thousand-year old archaeological artefacts.

We deliver this workshop in selected schools, working towards widening access to Higher Education.

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.

Skype an Engineer

Foundation KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

Engineers are ordinary people doing some extraordinary things that help improve all our lives. At Cardiff University we work on a very diverse range of projects such as developing self-healing concrete, designing non-invasive glucose sensors for diabetics, analysing tidal power generators, studying impact damage in crash helmets, modelling brain movement during surgery. Get in touch if you would like an engineer to take part in a Skype Q&A session with your students, giving them an opportunity to see the curriculum in context and the wide range of careers that are opened up when you study maths and science.

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.

Star in a Box


Star in a box is an interactive resource to aid in teaching the life cycle of stars. The resource shows a Hertszprung Russell diagram which plots the brightness of stars against their temperature to show the different types of stars and their life cycle from star formation to star death. The resource allows the user to interact with model stars via looking at different information sets and reading values of stellar mass, temperature, age etc, as well as seeing that the properties of their “model” star changes as it ages. Students can plot their own graph and learn the names of the different stages of stars e.g. main sequence, red giant etc.

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.

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 Bacc Global Citizenship Challenge: Evaluating the Evidence


Learning Outcome 1 of the Global Citizenship Challenge of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate requires you to "be able to apply critical thinking and problem solving". This includes:
1. Identifying and selecting information on global issues from appropriate secondary sources
2. Considering a range of alternative opinions, views and arguments on a global issue in order to develop your own views
3. Evaluating the credibility of information used in terms of currency, comprehensiveness, validity and reliability.

Cardiff University Library Service has developed the Evaluating the Evidence suite of tutorials to support learning and teaching on these assessment critera.

Welsh Baccalaureate- Top tips on searching Google


This video was developed to help students and teachers alike. It is a selection of simple tips and tricks to improve the accuracy and relevance of your results when searching via this popular search engine.

Welsh Baccalaureate: 5 top tips on how to avoid plagiarism- the video


It is a serious academic offence to use the words or ideas of others without acknowledging them as such, and to submit them for assessment as though they were your own work. Plagiarism is a commonly misunderstood problem and is often committed accidentally, but ignorance or confusion is not an adequate defence against an accusation of plagiarism. Cardiff University library Service has created a series of Plagiarism Learning Objects to help students understand what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid committing plagiarism in their work. This video provides advice for students on common errors in citing and referencing, and some tips on how to avoid charges of plagiarism.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Evaluating Information flowchart


Developed by the University Library Service, this flowchart (presented as an image) offers a step by step guide through the process of evaluating information from websites.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Is it plagiarism?


Test your understanding of plagiarism with this quiz.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Notemaking: Reading, lectures and revision


Presented by Cardiff University's Library Services, this presentation demonstrates good note taking practise. For other useful resources for teaching the Welsh Bacc, please visit the University's Library Resource Services website:

Welsh Baccalaureate: Why, When and How: Citing and referencing


It is a serious academic offence to use the words or ideas of others without acknowledging them as such, and to submit them for assessment as though they were your own work. Plagiarism is a commonly misunderstood problem and is often committed accidentally, but ignorance or confusion is not an adequate defence against an accusation of plagiarism. Cardiff University's Information Services have created a series of Plagiarism Learning Objects to help students understand what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid committing plagiarism in their work. This tutorial aims to help you understand plagiarism and how to avoid committing it. It will take 15 minutes to complete.