Welcome to our Schools Resource Pages
Our books are a mixture of Science, Engineering, History and Adventures.
We hope that you will find them useful and that your pupils will find them both fun and educational.
We have provided some resources for you to use with individual books – just click on the book below.
There are some more general resources for use in the classroom further down this page.
We hope you enjoy them ! If you would like to receive more books and resources, please register here
Meanwhile, if you would like to order some books, please use the discount code SCHOOLS50 to buy at half-price from our Bookshop
Also, Chris will be pleased to sign and dedicate books to pupils. Just enter their name(s) in the dedication box.
(This discount code is valid as long as the books are addressed to a UK school, just enter it on the checkout page.)
Resources for A Bit of Energy
Resources for Rain, Steam & Speed
Resources for Grandpa Goes Bananas
Engineering / Railway projects for the classroom
Bridge Building Competition
Build a Bridge from string, sticky tape and drinking straws
A class competition:
Who can build the strongest bridge?
1. Teachers’ Notes – a pdf document to help prepare for the event
(Not for use in the classroom.)
2. Illustrated talk for use in the classroom
A pdf document which can be downloaded in advance.
Fun Video Clips
We have some great clips from YouTube on our Fun Videos page. Here are three which might be useful. (They do not lead on to other clips.)
Chris Vine explaining Pistons, Cranks and Connecting Rods on a small steam locomotive, Bongo.
A steam engine with a glass cylinder and valve cover so you can see how it works.
More info on the fun videos page.
A series of clips about Peter’s Railway books, the locomotive Bongo (aka Fiery Fox) and the small steam railway across the farm.
Some suggestions for Class Visits
Full-Size Steam Railways
Steam Railways and Transport Museums – This is a map-based list of steam railways around the country. Nearly all of them will welcome a class visit, and many of them have a dedicated education officer who will be delighted to help plan your visit and get the most from it.
In particular, the Severn Valley Railway and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway have a Peter’s Railway Young Engineer’s Centre with displays and interactive demonstrations. (The links are to their “school visits” page.)
Model Engineering Societies
We are building up a list of Model Engineering Societies who would welcome a class visit to their miniature railway. Quite apart from a ride on a miniature steam railway, the model engineers will tell you all about how steam engines work. Just like the books brought to life!