Meeting the diverse aspects of the science, and design and technology curricula can be challenging for many teachers. Children as Engineers addresses this problem, offering both new and experienced teachers an accessible resource to apply within the classroom and to their own professional development, while also supporting their students in developing as STEM thinkers. With an explicit focus on sustainability, each aspect of the curriculum is explored through a series of engineering challenges that present pupils with an everyday problem to be solved practically.

Filled with practical strategies to use in the classroom, topics covered include the following:

  • The engineering design process
  • Plants, animals and humans
  • Everyday materials
  • Living things and habitats
  • Forces, light and sound
  • States of matter
  • Electricity

This essential classroom resource will support primary teachers in embedding opportunities for contextualised STEM experiences into their lessons, so that all children can develop as current and future learners of STEM.

chapter 2|21 pages

The engineering design process

chapter 3|16 pages

Plants/states of matter

chapter 4|16 pages

Animal and humans

chapter 6|20 pages

Living things and habitats

chapter 7|17 pages


chapter 8|20 pages

Light and sound

chapter 9|19 pages

States of matter

chapter 10|18 pages

Science focus


chapter 11|6 pages

Summary and key thoughts