Discovery Diaries use the arts as a way to engage primary school students in STEM. Themed around real-life science projects, they inspire learners by profiling diverse experts who work across the STEM sector.
Curriculum-aligned and fully supported by teaching resources, Discovery Diary programmes can be downloaded from this website for free.
The Discovery Diaries are a groundbreaking STEAM series for primary students. Packed with creative, personalised activities, each programme is supported by a suite of educator resources including teaching notes, lesson plans, multimedia, videos and more. Diaries contains 60+ hours of curricular-aligned activities, all of which can be downloaded for free from this website.Check out the resources →
Journey to the ISS with ESA Astronaut Tim Peake! From astronaut training to conducting experiments and observing Earth, upper KS1/lower KS2 (or equivalent) students can participate in Tim Peake's Principia mission.See chapters →
Get ready for your mission to the Red Planet! Recruit a crew, invent a helpful rover friend, decode and analyse data then design the ultimate Martian habitat. Perfect for KS2 (or equivalent) students.See chapters →
Uncover the secrets of the Universe with the James Webb Space Telescope! While designing and deploying a powerful space telescope, KS2 (or equivalent) students learn about our Solar System, light, colour, infrared and much more.See chapters →
Discovery Diaries are a truly adaptable teaching resource. Educators can use them in a number of different ways – either working with the physical book or exploring and downloading the digital content on this website. Using our search filters, you can even draw resources from all our different programmes, to fully tailor lessons to your other teaching activities. Designed for maximum flexibility, you can experience our activities chapter-by-chapter or as single standalone lessons.Explore the resources →
To make STEM accessible to all students – regardless of their interests or abilities – each Discovery Diary activity incorporates several subject areas. This provides an entry point for every child, fostering confidence in STEM while developing literacy, history, geography, design, art and PSHE skills. Similarly, all activities are multimodal to cater to the diverse learning styles and preferences within a classroom or learning environment.
Each programme includes individual Curriculum Guides for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, to support educators across the UK. You can download these, along with a range of other resources, from the Teacher Toolkit.Visit the Teacher Toolkit →
Registered users receive:
- Free online access to all Discovery Diary programmes
- 60+ hours of flexible, stand-alone curriculum linked STEM-literacy activities for each programme
- Teaching notes, suggested teaching schedules, lesson plans templates, reflection templates, curriculum guides for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and ideas for differentiation for each Discovery Diary activity
- Extension activities and additional resources including push stimuli
- Incentives badges to keep students motivated
- Digital features and original videos
- Support materials including A Guide to Engaging Girls in STEM
- Interviews with diverse and inspiring STEM experts
- Monthly newsletters with bonus content, features to inspire and ideas to share
Our space-themed Discovery Diary programmes and their teaching resources were made possible by the generous support of our partner organisations, as part of their education outreach. Funding from these programmes allows us to make these resources available to all educators for free, fostering an engagement and ongoing interest in STEM for primary students.
The Space Diary and the Mars Diary are supported by the UK Space Agency. Thanks to the UK Space Agency, over 67,000 students received free printed Diaries, 20,000 of which were provided to children in the UK’s most deprived areas.
The Deep Space Diary is supported the Science & Technology Facilities Council. This support has provided 15,000 copies of this exciting diary about the James Webb Space Telescope to students in the UK’s most deprived areas.