Science for All

Since 2010, Science for All has brought together science teachers and teaching assistants with expertise in special educational needs with curriculum developers from the Centre for Science Education (CSE) at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). This collaboration has developed a range of resources to help support SEN students in their engagement and enjoyment of science. These diverse resources aim to make science learning more accessible and effective for students with complex needs and differing learning styles. Alongside this work with the four project schools, Science for All is also working in partnership with the Autism Centre at SHU, who have helped with grounding the project's work in theory and provided an analysis of how the project resources help to address barriers to learning and motivation in science. This project is funded by the Astra Zeneca Science Teaching Trust.

Resources

The Use of Velcro in Special Needs Science Lessons

Patrick Organ and Barbara Watson, from the Forest Special School, share ideas about using Velcro as a teaching and learning tool. Students with moderate or severe learning difficulties can find it difficult to take in information from a static display, and so teachers at Forest School use Velcro to make versatile...

The Use of Cameras in Special Needs Science Education

Patrick Organ and Barbara Watson, from the Forest Special School, share their ideas on using photography to support teaching and learning. The case study aimed to tackle how to record individual progress and achievement when teaching students with severe and moderate learning difficulties. A number of uses of...

A Kinaesthetic Food Web

In this case study, from the Centre for Science Education and the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust, Sarah Williams and Matthew Bailey, from King Ecgbert School in Sheffield, share their experience of creating an interactive activity to help students with special educational needs to understand food webs and the...

Science for All Project Report: Implications for Autism

This report, by the Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam University, analyses the case studies produced for the Science For All Project to identify those parts of each study that may have particular relevance for students on the Autistic Spectrum in relation to teaching and learning.

The report gives an...

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