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Royal Institution Christmas Lectures: Size Matters

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures have been entertaining and educating children and adults alike since 1825 and have been an inspirational force for many budding scientists.

The 2010 Christmas Lectures were given by Dr Mark Miodownik, a materials scientist from King’s College London. He explored the extraordinary world of size and scale in a series of three lectures called Size Matters:

The three lectures were screened on BBC Four in December 2010.

Visit the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures site

Teacher's Pack

We’ve designed this pack to work alongside the Royal Institution Christmas lectures which returned to the BBC in 2010. It features lesson plans created around themes from the lectures, tailor made classroom resources and includes specific curriculum and learning links.

The resource has been designed by BBC Learning in collaboration with the Royal Institution and science experts to:

  • Make it easy for teachers to deliver demonstration-packed science lessons themed around the lectures.
  • Encourage students to discover the extraordinary world of size and scale.
  • Inspire students to develop a life-long interest in science and engineering.
  • Work across the different curricula, syllabuses and exam boards in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

How to use this pack

We have designed the material in this pack to be as flexible and adaptable as possible. There are 11 lesson plans and each of these has been devised to fit approximately within a 60-minute lesson. However, we understand that you will probably want to adapt the content to suit your learning priorities and the needs of your particular class. In addition each lesson plan states for which age group it is appropriate, and in many cases has extension ideas that are more involved and suitable for further study. Where relevant worksheets have been produced to sit alongside the lesson plans and are designed to be easily photocopied so that they can be distributed to the whole class.

Download your free pack

Download and print your free Teacher's Pack.

Christmas Lectures Teacher's Pack in English Christmas Lectures Teacher's Pack in Welsh
Teacher's Pack Pecyn Athrawon
PDF - 5.6MB PDF - 3.7MB

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Video Health & Safety

Please be aware that some of the clips contain behaviour that could be imitated and is dangerous. Please make it clear to your students that they should not, under any circumstances, attempt to imitate any of the experiments carried out in the films unless told to do so in class with proper supervision.


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