Take Part in a Nationwide Children's Survey of the Senses

Life’s Big Questions is now live.

It’s time to take part in our free, nationwide children’s survey of the senses!

Hosted by Martin Dougan (CBBC Newsround), join us for a free, five week series of interactive activities and classroom challenges to ask children (ages 7-11) big scientific and philosophical questions about how we experience the world and why the senses aren’t as simple as they seem.

Dreamachine invites classes across the UK, and children at home, to take part in Life’s Big Questions – to investigate the amazing potential of the human brain and facilitate this nationwide survey into the senses for children.

Combining science and art to creatively explore the power of the human mind

Dreamachine Schools is a major UK wide programme, developed by A New Direction in partnership with the British Science Association and UNICEF UK.

It fuses science with arts for pupils and teachers to explore the power of the human mind and brain and the big questions of perception and consciousness:

  • ‘How do I see the world around me?’   
  • ‘How do others see the world?’  
  • ‘How are we all connected?’  

Discover a variety of exciting ways for your school to engage with the ideas, themes and possibilities of Dreamachine, from free accredited lesson plans in Science, Global Citizenship, and PSHE / Health & Wellbeing to teacher professional development focused on personal wellbeing and mental health, plus opportunities for schools to connect across the UK.

30 lesson plans

with British Science Association and Unicef UK

Over Spring and Summer 2022 we will be sharing 30 FREE accredited and quality assured lesson plans across Global Citizenship, The World Around Us, Health and Wellbeing, Personal Development, The Power of the Brain, and Perception and Illusion.  

Designed for pupils aged 5 – 13 years, each lesson is matched to the National Curricula for England, Northern Ireland and Wales and Curriculum for Excellence for Scotland. 

Teacher CPD

FREE professional development sessions for teachers and educators in collaboration with the Chartered College of Teaching and Education Support

Online and in-person through the Summer Term 2022, sessions focus on the science of wellbeing; approaches to mental wellbeing; time management; mindfulness and meditation and signposts for the classroom on children’s mental health and UNICEF UK resources. 

Unlock the possibilities

Register now to access all resources