Primary Thematic Units: STEM

Supporting the statutory requirements for the Areas of Learning of the NI Curriculum at Key Stage 2. Read more...

Norn Iron's Ordinary Heroes

A comic celebrating people who have achieved extrordinary success in the areas of STEM. Read more...

STEM in Minecraft

Pupils develop empathy for how people lived in Viking times by overcoming a number of problems encountered through everyday Viking life, in Minecraft! Read more...


Case Studies

Promoting STEM through the NI Curriculum

Making Learning Connections

STEM Innovation

CCEA adopted innovation as a tool that could be used by schools to bring about lasting change in terms of adding value to their STEM provision. Schools were given the opportunity to gain an insight into and discuss innovation in STEM education. Read more...

Assessing UICT through STEM Futures

This case study shows a good example of how careful selection of curriculum material leads to work which satisfies several statutory requirements at once. Read more...

STEM Heroes

Schools across Northern Ireland had the opportunity to celebrate and share STEM Heroes in their local community. This booklet gives a summary of some of the exciting work that was carried out by pupils in both Primary and Post-Primary schools. Read more...


See how games based learning has the potential to motivate and engage learners.


Pupils develop empathy for how people lived in Viking times by overcoming a number of problems encountered through everyday Viking life.

Ideas for Connected Learning

Key Stage 2


Which Minecraft software are you using?

The following resources are designed for Minecraft: Education Edition software on Windows 10 Desktop machines and mobile devices.


Minecraft: Education Edition

2D Vikings Map

See the Viking world in 2D

Use this 2D illustrated map to get to know all the key locations in the CCEA Vikings Minecraft: Education Edition world.



Live like a Viking!

Picture yourself as a Viking in Scandinavia 1000 years ago having to build your settlement, farm the land for survival and cook as they would have during that time. Experience the good times by preparing for celebrations but also considering what you need to do to protect yourself from imminent raids. Prepare and plan for battle will you defeat the enemy? How will you do this, what considerations will you need to take – it's up to you!




These quests are signposted within the CCEA Vikings ICL. They are designed to align to the curriculum so that pupils are applying learning through online gaming. They are for use with Minecraft: Education Edition.



Viking Roles

Having had the chance to explore their Viking world children have the opportunity to create their own fully functioning society by carrying out tasks such as farming and making bread.

Viking Celebration

Children have the opportunity to explore how Vikings lived communally, using a longhouse for gatherings, meals and celebrations. Children will prepare a feast for one of the festivals you have researched.


Viking Ship Building

Children have the opportunity to use what they have learned to design a Viking longship and stock it for trade or war.

Viking Raid

Children have the opportunity to fortify their Viking village. Next, they will plan and carry out a raid on a neighbouring village.


Mission to Rathlin Island

Children have the opportunity to visit Rathlin Island to carry out an archaeological dig.

Viking Mythology

Children have the opportunity to create their own Viking saga and bring it to live by creating a Machinima movie. Later children will prepare to battle the Nidhogg.



Discussion Cubes

As part of the plenary to each STEM in Minecraft activity, use the most appropriate discussion cubes as an enabler for explicit reflection of the skills applied throughout.





Minecraft: Education Edition is all about mining and crafting. Here are some crafting recipes to get you started in survival mode!




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Crafting Table

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Fence Gate

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Leather Tunic

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Stone Pick Axe

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Stone Sword

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Wood Planks

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Bigger Builds and Blue Prints

Use these tutorials and blue prints to guide you through bigger more complex builds.




Learn how to create a Viking longship including a dragon head.

Viking Pit House

Learn how to build a Viking style house. Please note, this video is in real time, so it’s a larger download size.

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Ringed Viking Fort

Learn how to build a ringed fort.

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Odin creates the Viking world!

View our Minecraft: Education Edition Viking Machinima (screen recording) animation and learn about the myth of Odin, Asgard and the rainbow bridge.

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