Animal Adaptations - STEM subject activities

Each activity identifies 2 to 3 essential employability skills as recognised by the Skills Builder Partnership. All activities provide extension and differentiation ideas, ensuring they are suitable for all abilities. The free downloadable booklet contains guidance notes for the educator and the pupils making it easy to use, no matter the experience or background of the deliverer.

Participating in these activities will broaden understanding and awareness of STEM subjects, stretch capabilities and enhance key employability skills. Enabling pupils to feel a sense of achievement, improved confidence and able to link STEM subjects with key skills they will continue to build throughout their education and into employment.


The booklet can be used to support Gatsby careers benchmarks. The activities enable pupils to explore STEM subjects whilst gaining valuable transferable key skills sort by future employers. Fully supported by the Skills Builder Partnership the activities provide opportunities to build on recognised skills:


  • Listening – ability to listen and understand information
  • Speaking – vocal communication of information or ideas

Creative Problem solving

  • Problem Solving – ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge
  • Creativity – use of imagination and the generation of new ideas


  • Staying Positive – ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals
  • Aiming High – ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them


  • Leadership – supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal
  • Teamwork – working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal


  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • STEM
  • Lesson plans
  • SEND