This is a resource designed to encourage independent research skills for more able students. This example is for older more advanced students. There is a basic example. There is also an advanced version. Research topics can be done in class, with books, in libraries, in rooms with computers or tablets. There are topics which would make an ideal cover lesson. Research could be published in a school newsletter, the school website or blog or in student publication magazines and blogs.
Duration: This depends on the age and ability of the students. For youngest students it could be for a week’s homework. As students get older the tasks could be set for half a term, even a whole term, could be linked with a science fair, STEM activity, open evening, assembly or business or commerce event. There is a teachers’ guide available.