We’ve got four epic construction kits to give away thanks to Basic Fun UK!
Create four different blasters and target models with the K’NEX K-FORCE Battle Bow Building Set. Use the battle bow to strike targets – it’s up to you whether you’re an agent or an archer!
The set comes with five soft foam darts that can be fired up to 22 metres! Containing 165 classic pieces made of durable plastic material, this set include rods and connectors that join in different ways to build customisable battle gears and target models. The set is also compatible with the entire K-FORCE Build and Blast™ line.
The best time to spot the Lyrid meteor in the UK in 2021 is on the night of 21st – 22nd April. This year, it coincides with a gibbous Moon, which means that the night sky will be bright, which makes spotting meteors a little harder – but don’t be deterred! Follow these tips from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich for the best chance of meteor-spotting.
☄️Find a dark site with an unobstructed view of the sky. ☄️The best time to see the shower is in the early morning of the peak day, which this year is the morning of the 22 April (the night of the 21 April). ☄️Fill your view with the sky and wait! Lying on the ground is a great way to see as much as possible. ☄️Look towards the Vega constellation – here’s a handy map showing how to find it at this time of year thanks to Astronomy Now. ☄️Blanket optional but highly recommended. Reclining deckchairs make an even more comfortable way to view the sky. ☄️Remember to wrap up warm!
All over the Roman empire were mints where coins were made.
To make a coin, they put a disc of silver, gold, copper or bronze between two harder metal ‘dies;’ with back-to-front pictures and writing on them. Then they hit them with a big hammer, squashing them together and stamping the coin on both sides.
How do magnets, if rotated correctly, attract themselves?
Alexandre, aged 11
Hi Alexandre! Well, this is pretty complex, so let’s start with a simpler idea. When you stretch an elastic band, the work you do puts potential (stored) energy in the band. When you release the force, the elastic band snaps back, because things move in the direction which reduces the amount of potential energy. Pushing together like-poles (N-N or S-S) takes energy, so the magnets push each other apart (repel) to reduce the potential energy. When you put together two unlike poles (N-S), the potential energy in the magnetic field is reduced, pulling the magnets together (attraction).
Check out what happens if you cut a magnet in half here!
Our robot, Y, answers readers’ fantastic questions in every issue of Whizz Pop Bang! Email your questions to email@example.com and perhaps he’ll answer yours!
Whizz Pop Bang is a top-quality, gender-neutral, advert-free science magazine for families everywhere. Each issue is packed with experiments, activities, amazing facts, puzzles, jokes, riddles and more. Find out more here!
🐰 We’ve got an EGG-citing Easter competition for you! 🐰
We want to treat a whole class of children to some epic Easter science, so we’re giving away 30 copies of our Easter Eggs-periments booklet! Children deserve a cracking treat to celebrate the end of this very unusual term, so here’s a chance for teachers to win a set for their class, or parents to win a set for their child’s class.
Whizz Pop Bang’s Easter Eggs-periment booklet contains 12 pages of awesome science fun to keep children busy this holiday, including…
To enter, simply answer this question in the comments.
Which of the below is NOT part of an egg?
A. Albumen B. Bitumen C. Chalaza
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Claim your free Easter science experiments booklet!
This booklet is also available with every purchase from our website until 28th March! To claim your free booklet, simply use the code EASTER21 when you purchase any Whizz Pop Bang product or subscription*.
* Offer valid until midnight on 28th March 2021 on Whizz Pop Bang shop products and new subscriptions only, whilst stocks last. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer.
This competition closes at midnight on 23rd March 2021. The winner will be contacted on 24th March and must provide their details within 24 hours, otherwise another winner will be drawn (we’re really keen to get these booklets to children in time for Easter!) Whizz Pop Bang competition terms and conditions are here.
Primary school reading comprehension packs with question and answer sheets:
Jessica Watkins, NASA Astronaut
Read about fully trained astronaut Jessica Watkins who hopes to soon be able to fly to the Moon as part of the Artemis missions to the Moon! Includes the feature to print or to read on a tablet, as well as comprehension question and answer sheets. Ideal for Year 5 / P6.
Find out what it’s like to be an electrical engineering whizz with this inspirational interview with Nikita Hari. Includes the feature to print or to read on a tablet, as well as comprehension question and answer sheet. Ideal for Year 6 / P7
Read about sensational scientist Agnes Arber, whose career as a plant scientist started when she was just 13! Includes the feature to print or to read on a tablet, as well as comprehension question and answer sheets. Ideal for Year 3 / P4
Find out why Kate Biberdorf loves to blow things up to inspire her students! Includes the feature to print or to read on a tablet, as well as comprehension question and answer sheets. Ideal for Year 4 / P3
The world’s biggest celebration of children’s books and reading is back on Thursday 4th March 2021 – it’s World Book Day!
Every year, publishers (with the support of National Book Tokens) create a list of books by best-selling authors and illustrators that are available to buy for just £1 each.
Wondering what free books are on offer for World Book Day 2021?
Check out this amazing selection!
How can I get a World Book Day token?
If you’re a Whizz Pop Bang subscriber, one will pop through your letterbox! There’s one printed on page 34 of Whizz Pop Bang: Pesky Parasites. Not a subscriber? Sign up here.
More than 15 million World Book Day vouchers will be distributed to children in the UK and Ireland, so your child may get one from school, nursery or a youth group, too.
Where can I spend World Book Day vouchers?
Take your voucher to a participating book shop (you can find a list here) and exchange it for a FREE £1 World Book Day book, or £1 or €1.50 off any full-priced book or audiobook costing at least £2.99 or €3.99.
Obviously, the pandemic means that World Book Day be a bit different this year. World Book Day vouchers will be provided to schools and nursery settings. Schools will also have the option of a new single-use digital version to share with families that can be printed at home or shown to booksellers on a phone or tablet.
World Book Day’s £1 books can be found in major supermarkets as well as bookshop chains, and bookshops are offering new ways to make the £1 books available, even in lockdown. Booksellers will honour the tokens beyond the 28th March (while stocks last) and many are planning to welcome families to World Book Day events later in spring.
WIN a bundle of books by World Book Day authors!
Our friends at World Book Day have given us some brilliant books to give away! Five winers will each win:
What a Waste: Rubbish, Recycling and Protecting Our Planet Earth’s Incredible Oceans and The Book of Brilliant Bugs all by brilliant World Book Day author and super scientist, Jess French!
Just answer this question in the comments to be in with a chance of winning:
What is a baby alpaca called?
a. A llamaling b. A cria c. An alpacapup
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British Science Week (5th-14th March 2021) was always first in my calendar as a Primary Science Co-ordinator and I usually started with very grand ideas! Whilst a whole week of science is brilliant, this year it might be more realistic to consider just planning one day – it will be just as exciting, but manageable both in school and for any pupils isolating at home. Here are some FREE ideas and resources for creating a super exciting Fly High Friday!
Did you know that Whizz Pop Bang magazine also creates curriculum-linked science resources for primary schools? Scroll to the bottom to find a brilliant offer that’s running throughout March 2021!
Here’s everything you need to make planning your science day as simple as possible:
A whole-school challenge with suggestions for each year group
Science lesson plan with curriculum links
Downloadable, printable resources
FREE PowerPoint presentations to help teachers run the day
Theme – Flight, linking with the curriculum topic of Forces with a comparative/fair testing enquiry and for EYFS the characteristics of learning.
Challengethe whole school to work together on a flight investigation! The mission: who can make paper fly the farthest? Keep reading to find activities and resources for each year group…
We all love to make a paper aeroplane but is that the only way to make paper fly? Here are some different ways:
For all these ideas you will only need paper, straws, sticky tape, glue and sticky tack – and some space, preferably outdoors! Each year group could have a go at making these different paper flying machines.
EYFS – Allow the children the time to explore how they can make paper fly. The teacher could demonstrate the air-powered rocket, then the children could make either the stunt planes or the straw planes. The children will choose the one they think will fly the farthest, try it and then the class teacher should record the result.
KS1 – Again allow the children the time to explore how they can make paper fly. Then the children should make each of the flying devices and choose the one they think flies the best, then test it. The teacher can collate all the results as a class.
At the end of the day all classes should share their results. This might be by email or you could hold a virtual assembly! Don’t forget to ask for photographs so you can make a display or share them on your school’s social media platforms. We would love to see what you’ve been doing so please tag us @whizzpopbangmag
Whizz Pop Bang magazine and teaching resources are brilliant ways to enhance your school’s science teaching:
We provide downloadable science lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, hands-on investigations and science reading comprehensions written by primary school teachers.
Whizz Pop Bang teaching resources link to the National Curriculum, ensuring correct coverage.
All of our resources are year group specific, ensuring progression between the years.
We make cross-curricular links to other subjects, such as English, Maths, History, Geography, Design and Technology and PSHE.
Prices from as little as £190 per year for whole-school access to our ever-growing library of downloadable teaching resources, with unlimited teacher logins, as well as a copy of Whizz Pop Bang magazine through the post each month. Plus, we have an amazing offer of a 20% discount until 31st March 2021. Just apply the code SCIWEEK21 at the checkout to receive the discount. (Only available on whole-school subscriptions to the magazines and resources.)
We’ve just launched a new individual membership option so teachers and home educators can access all of our amazing resources forjust £20 for the whole year.
“Using Whizz Pop Bang school resources has enabled investigations to be an integral part of my science planning. I now have investigations and experiments throughout my planning rather than just at the end. The lessons are easy to resource and the pack has everything I need to teach the lesson so it saves me time as well!” Louise Hampson, Year 3 teacher