WIN! History Heroes cards!

Whizz Pop Bang’s seven days of prizes: day two!

History Heroes card games have added some science to their range with these two epic packs all about INVENTORS and SCIENTISTS!

Each pack contains 40 beautifully illustrated cards, featuring some of the greatest scientists and inventors in history. Win the game by guessing the characters from the facts on the cards. Click here to find them in their shop!

These brilliant games will entertain and educate everyone from 8 upwards and we’ve got five sets of two packs to give away!

Just answer this question in the comments to be in with a chance of winning:

Which science hero showed that species evolved through a process of natural selection?


1. Charles Darwin
2. Galileo Galilei
3. Rosalind Franklin

This competition closes at midnight on Sunday 15th December 2019. For full terms and conditions visit whizzpopbang.com/terms

WIN! We Are All Greta book

It’s DAY FOUR of WHIZZ POP BANG’s SEVEN DAYS OF PRIZES!

This month’s Whizz Pop Bang magazine is all about SCIENCE SUPERPOWERS, so we’ve arranged a competition that is all about a real-life superhero who wants to save the Earth: Greta Thunberg!

We’ve got six copies of We Are All Greta by Valentina Gianella to give away! This beautifully illustrated book will take you on a journey of hope, resilience and curiosity as we take a a look inside Greta’s life. From drinking water to fossil fuels, from hashtags to education, the book is packed with scientific facts and ideas of things we can all do to help protect our planet.

Just answer this question in the comments to be in with a chance of winning one of six copies!

How many trees are cut down every year?*

1. 15
2. Around 15 million
3. Up to 15 billion

*According to figures reported by WWF

This competition closes on 31st December 2019. For full terms and conditions visit whizzpopbang.com/terms

Words: Nell O’Neill

WIN a six-month subscription and access to our school resources!

NOMINATE A STAR TEACHER for their chance to win a six-month of Whizz Pop Bang for their classroom PLUS free access to our incredible school resources!

Did you know that in addition to our awesome monthly magazine, we also produce hands-on lesson packs for schools? Each pack includes quality science lesson plans, easy experiments and activities to do in class, as well as lots of ideas for science and eco clubs!

To enter this competition, tell us in the comments why a teacher you know deserves an extra-special thank you.

Are you a teacher? Join the Whizz Pop Bang teachers’ Facebook group to find out more about our resources, for news, competitions and more!

This competition/promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook. This competition closes at midnight on Thursday 2nd January 2020. The prize is: six issues of Whizz Pop Bang magazine delivered to an address of the winner’s choice and free access to our school resources for six months. Full for terms and conditions, see: https://buff.ly/30nZVt4

WIN a Whizz Pop Bang binder!

Whizz Pop Bang’s seven days of prizes: day seven!

It’s the last day of our week of competitions and we’ve got a binder, sorry a blinder, of a prize for you today!  

Today, we’re giving away a Whizz Pop Bang binder – the perfect place for WPB fans to store their magazine collections! Each binder holds a whole year’s-worth of magazines, making it the ideal extra gift for a mini scientist who is dreaming of finding a Whizz Pop Bang subscription under the tree.

Just answer this question in the comments to be in with a chance of winning. Don’t wait around, because this competition is only running for 24 hours!

How many sets of eyelids do camels have?

  1. One set
  2. Two sets
  3. Three sets

This competition closes at 7am on 14th December 2019. For full terms and conditions see: https://buff.ly/384J6Zl

COMPETITION: WIN a Whizz Pop Bang joke book!

Whizz Pop Bang’s seven days of prizes: day five!

Every day this week, another prize will be revealed… Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to discover what’s up next!

Today, we’re giving away a rib-tickling Whizz Pop Bang joke book – the perfect stocking filler for super-silly science fans. This competition is running for 24 hours only, so don’t hang around!

The Whizz Pop Bang Science Joke Book is packed with over 200 jokes about space, dinosaurs, earth sciences and more. Here’s a taster:

How do astronauts serve dinner?
On flying saucers!

Find the Whizz Pop Bang Science Joke Book in our shop here!

If that got you giggling, answer this question in the comments to be in with a chance of winning!

Viscum album is the Latin name for which festive plant?

  1. Mistletoe
  2. Holly
  3. Ivy

This competition closes at 7am on 12th December 2019. For full terms and conditions see: https://buff.ly/384J6Zl

COMPETITION CLOSED: WIN a Whizz Pop Bang lab coat!

Whizz Pop Bang’s seven days of prizes: day three!

It’s DAY THREE of WHIZZ POP BANG’s SEVEN DAYS OF PRIZES!

Every day this week, you’ll discover another competition to give Whizz Pop Bang fans a chance to win science-y prizes. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow! 

Today, we’re giving away a Whizz Pop Bang lab coat in the size of your choice – but hurry, because this competition is only running for 24 hours!

Scientists-in-training will go beaker bonkers over our lab coats which will keep clothes in tip-top condition, even when experiments don’t go quite as planned!

Each lab coat comes complete with three deep pockets, perfect for storing endless bits and bobs. It’s the perfect gift for curious children who wonder why (and quite like making a mess at the same time!)

Available in four sizes to fit ages 5 to 13.

Just answer this question in the comments to be in with a chance of winning:

What is Whizz Pop Bang’s robot called?

  1. X
  2. Y
  3. Z

This competition closes at 7am on Tuesday 10th December 2019. For full terms and conditions visit whizzpopbang.com/terms

COMPETITION CLOSED: WIN A Y’s Wonder Club pack!

Whizz Pop Bang’s seven days of prizes: day one!

See Y’s Wonder Club pack in our shop!

We’ve got an awesome Y’s Wonder Club pack to give away to one lucky Whizz Pop Bang fan – but you need to be quick because this competition is only open for 24 hours!

Y’s Wonder Club is our brand new club that encourages Whizz Pop Bang readers to get stuck into experimenting and to share their adventures in science. This bumper scrapbook club pack is the perfect gift for any scientist-in-training and includes:

• Large science scrapbook (315 x 240mm, 48 pages), ideal for recording hopeful hypotheses, nature notes, future inventions, experiment results and more – it’s bound to spark curiosity and creativity!

• Enamel Y’s Wonder Club pin badge – wear this quality badge and glow with pride

• A4 Sheet of fun science stickers – perfect for adorning the scrapbook

• Club membership certificate – A5 certificate to show you’re part of the club

Want to win one? Just answer the question in the comments to be in with a chance!

What are the moons of Mars called?

  1. Jupiter and Saturn
  2. Phobos and Deimos
  3. Oberon and Puck

This competition closes at 7am on 8th December 2019. For full terms and conditions visit whizzpopbang.com/terms

Primary teaching resources on muscles

Great news! Our latest resources to accompany the Science Superpowers edition of Whizz Pop Bang are now available to download.

Not yet a subscriber to our downloadable teaching resources? Use the links below to subscribe for your school, or download some sample resources for FREE… 

Year 3 and P4 Muscle lesson pack

Year 3 and P4 Muscle investigation

Curriculum links: Animals including humans and Body system and cells.

In this hands-on lesson about muscles, pupils will discover how the bicep and tricep muscles contract and relax to move the bones in our arms. Pupils will make a simple model. In the second lesson, pupils will investigate how muscle fibre increases to make us stronger.

This pack includes:

  • Two differentiated lesson plans
  • A PowerPoint presentation including instructions for how to make a simple model of the arm
  • Printable instructions
  • A table and bar graph to record results

Simple to resource! The items you will need:

  • Lollipop sticks
  • Elastic bands (thick and thin)
  • Bulldog clips
  • Rulers
Our muscle investigation pack in action!

New Knowledge organiser and poster

Year 3 knowledge organiser and poster

This resource contains all the scientific vocabulary that year 3 pupils need to know for the topic animals including humans. Included is an A3 poster to be displayed in your classroom and an A4 double-sided knowledge organiser. The word mat contains the same vocabulary as the poster and on the back, it gives explanations and definitions of the terminology pupils are required to know. It is a perfect resource for ensuring vocabulary progression throughout the school.

Our knowledge organiser is perfect to help pupils use the correct vocabulary when teaching our arm muscles lesson.
Year 3 and P4 reading comprehension

Super scientist Mae Jemison

A biography text for year 3 and P4, linking to the topics animals including humans and body systems and cells, on the remarkable scientist Mae Jemison. Mae Jemison trained to be a dancer, engineer, scientist and astronaut! Mae also spends lots of time teaching and encouraging young people to become scientists, no matter what their background. She wants us all to reach for the stars, and she is still doing this herself by leading a project to develop the science and engineering needed to travel to a different solar system in the next 100 years. Mae doesn’t want anyone to be left out.

This downloadable reading pack includes:

  • An A3 reading spread for you to print.
  • Reading comprehension question and answer sheets, differentiated using our magnifying glasses key (on the bottom right). One magnifying glass indicates easier and two means harder.
Year 5 and P6 reading comprehension

How stuff works: Rocket packs

This explanation text for year 5 and P6 linking to the topics properties and changes of materials and properties and uses of substances explains how rocket packs work. Being able to fly is one of the most dreamed-about superpowers, which might explain why inventors have spent so much time working on rocket packs. The text uses key vocabulary such as hydrogen peroxide, nitrogen gas, nozzles and throttle.

This downloadable reading pack includes:

  • An A3 reading spread for you to print.
  • Reading comprehension question and answer sheets, differentiated using our magnifying glasses key (on the bottom right). One magnifying glass indicates easier and two means harder.
Year 6 and P7 reading comprehension

Naked mole rats

This non-chronological report text for year 6 and P7, linking to the topics evolution and inheritance and biological systems, tells you everything you would like to know about the extraordinary rodent, the naked mole rat. The text features: how they are almost immortal, how they have a litter of up to 30 pups, how they are resistant to cancer and why they don’t feel pain.

This downloadable reading pack includes:

  • An A3 reading spread for you to print.
  • Reading comprehension question and answer sheets.

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WIN Project Superhero and Chasing Captain America books by Professor E. Paul Zehr!

Whizz Pop Bang’s seven days of prizes: day six!

If you’ve read the SCIENCE HEROES feature in WHIZZ POP BANG: SCIENCE SUPERPOWERS, you’ll know all about Professor E. Paul Zehr. He’s a neuroscientist, author and martial artist who studies the adaptability of the human body at the University of Victoria, Canada.

We’ve got two of Paul’s books about the science behind superpowers to give away. PROJECT SUPERHERO is aimed at readers aged 8 – 12, while CHASING CAPTAIN AMERICA is for adults, so here’s a prize you can share with your parents, grandparents, Scout leader, next-door neighbour, or any other grown up superhero fans you know!

PROJECT SUPERHERO is the diary of Jessie, a 13 year old girl who is doing project on superheroes. Read advice from real-life heroes (including Olympian Clara Hughes, sailor Jessica Watson and Captain Marvel writer Kelly Sue De Connick) as one ordinary girl investigates what it would take to be Batgirl.

CHASING CAPTAIN AMERICA: How advances in science, engineering, and biotechnology will produce a superhuman is a book for adults about whether we can create a real-life superhuman by changing human biology itself!

To be in with a chance of winning these two books, just answer this question in the comments:

How long can a naked mole rat survive without any oxygen?

  1. 18 seconds
  2. 18 minutes
  3. 18 hours

This competition closes at midnight on 31st December 2019. For full terms and conditions visit whizzpopbang.com/terms

How important is science vocabulary in primary schools?

It’s easy to think that vocabulary relates just to English Lessons, but this is not the case, as language is at the heart of education and every subject taught in schools. Using and understanding words does not only help pupils to achieve academically, it is also fundamentally important in helping them to develop into well-rounded individuals.

A leading academic, Professor Maggie Snowling CBE, President of St John’s College, Oxford, stated: “Language is the foundation of education and is vital for social and emotional development. Children with poor oral language are at high risk of poor literacy and hence, educational failure. They can also experience difficulty in communicating to make friends, to join in activities and to express their feelings.”

Vocabulary is one of the threads which runs through every curriculum area. In order to explain a science investigation or describe what they see, pupils need to have a bank of scientific words. The Oxford University Press conducted research into why closing the word gap matters. During their research, they questioned over 1,000 teachers and 69% of Primary school teachers felt the word gap is increasing.

Jane Harley, Strategy Director, UK Education, Oxford University Press, said: “Over half the teachers surveyed reported that at least 40% of their pupils lacked the vocabulary to access their learning.”

There is evidence to suggest that pupils with poor vocabulary at the age of thirteen are less likely to achieve during their GCSEs. It has been evident for years that pupils are coming into Primary school with limited vocabulary and poor communication skills.

As Andrea Quincey (Head of English, Primary, at Oxford University Press) states: “Talk to anyone involved in primary education and most will tell you limited vocabulary and poor communication is the ‘number one issue’. The reasons for this are many and complex but one thing is clear: this word gap affects EVERYTHING.”

What can we, as Primary school teachers, do to close the word gap?

We need to address vocabulary in every subject area taught. Science is a great place to start. All Science Coordinators will be ensuring there is progression across year groups, which should include scientific vocabulary. Teachers should have words displayed in their classroom or role play corners with word mats available for pupils to use when they are predicting, experimenting, investigating, discussing and evaluating. We have started to develop posters and knowledge organisers for each area of the science curriculum. Here is a free example to download…

Year 4 and P5 poster and knowledge organiser

They are all year group-specific and there are definitions on the reverse of the word mat, alongside key information the children need to know.

As stated previously, it is important that language is embedded throughout the subjects, and our teaching resources will provide the perfect links with reading. In our reading spreads, we ensure that we use the correct scientific vocabulary, explaining how to pronounce a tricky word by placing the phonetic spelling next to it. For example, nephrons (say neff-rons). Linking science and reading is a great way to deepen children’s science vocabulary knowledge.

“Research has shown that children are more likely to read texts that are meaningful and enjoyable. Schools, therefore, can play a major role in children’s lives by developing a love of reading and making available a wide range of interesting and accessible texts,” stated Dr Ian Thompson, Associate Professor of English Education and Nicole Dingwall, a Curriculum Tutor on the PGCE English course at the University of Oxford.

Without doubt, research shows us that vocabulary is key to academic success and personal wellbeing. As Ofsted’s new framework focuses on the whole curriculum, it is important to demonstrate a clear progression of vocabulary throughout each of the different areas and not just English.


To find out more about our teaching resources, click here.

Read the OUP’s full report here: