My Learning John Smeaton Resource

KS2, KS3

Resource at a glance

John Smeaton’s life began and ended in Leeds, yet his influence reached right around the globe. A self-taught engineer, instrument maker and astronomer, Smeaton is recognised as the father of civil engineering in the UK.

As a part of Smeaton300, we’ve made some free resources on John Smeaton via My Learning. It’s for KS2 and KS3 students across a variety of subject areas, especially History, Science, Design Technology, and GCSE & BTEC Engineering.

Smeaton CREST Awards

Find out about the CREST awards on offer and how to get started with your learners.

Our resources are free to access, but to complete the CREST Award there is a small charge for certification. The Superstar level is £1 per learner, and teachers need to register with CREST to apply for the certificates.

We're offering 480 KS2 and 500 KS3 pupils in Leeds the opportunity to achieve their Smeaton CREST Awards for free, through a voucher code for teachers. Apply for a voucher code here.

The Superstar level is aimed at learners aged 7-11 and consists of 8 independent activities designed to take 45 minutes to an hour each.  You can pick and choose activities from the pack, or complete all of them. Once learners have completed all 8 activities they can achieve their Smeaton CREST Award.   

The theme for the activities is Smeaton Park – a brand new public space in Leeds which learners must design different elements for. 

The Discovery level is aimed at learners aged 10-14 and is 5 hours of activity which is designed to be done in one day.  This would be perfect for a STEM dropdown day, or activities can be split up into different sessions and done in class time. Designed and made by D&T teachers, our activity pack contains everything you need, complete with worksheets, powerpoints and curriculum links!   

The theme for the activities is Smeaton Park – a brand new public space in Leeds which learners must design different elements for, using D&T, Citizenship and Science knowledge and skill.

About the CREST Awards

CREST is a nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in the STEM subjects. A network of industry experts from the STEM and education sectors are involved to maintain a consistent and high standard of assessment and moderation.

Check out the CREST Resources library.

Get started today by downloading our activity packs and applying for a voucher code to tell us how many learners you’d like to apply for. Don’t forget to also register on the CREST Award website to run your award.

Discover other Smeaton300 schools programmes

    Smeaton CREST Awards

    As a part of LEEDS 2023 Signature Project Smeaton300, we’ve partnered up with the CREST Awards to inspire KS2 and KS3 pupils to think and behave like scientists and engineers. Register your interest today and get a voucher code to do the Smeaton CREST Awards for free! 

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    Smeaton300 Industry Sharing Day
    Wed 8 Nov

    As a part of LEEDS 2023 Signature Project  Smeaton300, Leeds Industrial Museum are hosting an opportunity for KS2 and KS3 pupils taking STEM to work alongside industry professionals and design an imaginary new public space in Leeds; Smeaton Park! Register today for an educational and fun day out, and see STEAM in action. 

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    Teacher's Conference: STEM and the Arts
    Sat 30 Sep

    We’re hosting a conference inspired by John Smeaton for primary and secondary teachers. Focussing on STEAM education, and the importance of cross-curricular teaching and learning across STEM and the arts, it's open to all teachers across Leeds.

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    Smeaton300 Coding Day with Barclays
    Thu 30 Nov

    We’re inviting Year 6 pupils from across Leeds for a two-hour creative coding workshop to create a game using the basics of coding. In partnership with Barclay's Code Playground.