How to use the Pod

Registration

Information on registering for the Pod can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Downloading resources

If you are a registered user, you can download our teaching and campaign resources for free. Go to the Teaching Resources section and use the filters to select the resources that fit your requirements. If you know the activity you are looking for you can search using the activity filter. If you are running a campaign you can use the campaign filter to view all resources related to that campaign.

Running a Pod activity

  1. Select your activity from the Teaching Resources section of the Pod and download the resource (along with any related resources).
  2. Prepare by reading the related Information pack (you can also find the Information packs by selecting ‘Information pack’ from the ‘Type’ filter when searching for resources). Reading about how other schools and groups have approached an activity is also a great way to get inspired: go to the blog listings page where you can see all the blogs other schools have posted about an activity by using the activity filter on the right.
  3. Run your activity with your group or class.
  4. Blog about your activity. Your students can also blog about the activity, you will need to give them your blog code, which can be found in your My account section at the top of the page when you are logged in.

    Remember to select which activity you are blogging about from the drop down list as this will enable other people to find your blog easily.

Blogging

Why blog?

It’s a great way of sharing the fantastic work you do and inspiring others.

How to blog

Information on how you and your students can blog can be found in our FAQs.

Campaigns


Our campaigns are a great way to get your whole school or group and local community involved in being greener and learning about science at the same time. The Pod is currently running five campaigns which can be found in the Campaigns section on the Pod. Only one person at each school can sign up for a campaign, as packs are limited to one per school. However, you can download all the resources from the teaching resources page.

Eco-Schools

  • The Pod is designed to complement the Eco-Schools programme. Before you start an activity, it’s a good idea to register with Eco-Schools and start their seven-step process.
  • The first step of this process is setting up an Eco-Schools committee or Action Team. This group of pupils will coordinate all of the school’s environmental activities.
  • You should carry out an Environmental Review, looking at your school’s current attitudes to energy, water, waste, transport, litter, biodiversity, the school grounds and healthy living.
  • Eco-Schools also recommend drawing up an Action Plan. This will highlight what you want to change in your school, how and when you wish to change it, and who will make the changes.