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Teaching primary science with ENTHUSEiasm

Lorna Brown, a Year 6 teacher at Clifton with Rawcliffe Primary School, explains the impact the ENTHUSE Celebration Awards, and in particular winning the Primary School Science ENTHUSE Award, has had on her school and her own personal development.What’s your teaching background?I qualified in September 1995 with a BA(QTS). In the same year, I...


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Have a merry science Christmas

It’s nearly Christmas and the end of term and as that time approaches we start to get all Christmassy and our minds turn to how we can use this to engage our students.Over the years, we have put together a range of Christmas science activities for you to demonstrate or do with your students. It’s a great excuse to really get some science enjoyment...


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Top six resources for primary teachers over Christmas

It’s that time of year again and as we hurtle towards the end of term, I have put together a few ideas to support learning in primary mathematics, science and design and technology in the run-up to Christmas:1. Plan a class partyIn this problem solving activity, children choose and carry out a range of calculations in order to plan a...


Good leadership of science is essential in the primary classroom

I still remember the day I was asked to the head’s office to be told I was the new Science Co-ordinator. To me, this was exciting as I finally got chance to get my teeth into leading a subject I had a genuine interest in.  However, to others, this moment comes with a sense of dread, facing the management of a core subject which has been...


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Five inspirational ideas for British Science Week

British Science Week, taking place on 10-19 March 2017, is an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Organised by the British Science Association, it features fascinating, entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. Last year there were over 5,000 events...


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Start your own science club and see the benefits for yourself

Running a science club can be an extremely rewarding experience. They provide the chance to explore and investigate science, even topics not in the curriculum, and enrich learning.Think of those wow factor investigations such as: lava lamps, stomp rockets and volcanoes. However as they are hands-on sessions they do require planning ahead and...


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Is there a maths for science or is all maths the same?

 What is the difference between a histogram and a bar chart? Does a line of best-fit have to be straight or can it be curved? Do all axes have to start at zero? Is it OK to concertina axes on a graph? Is it ever OK to use a ‘calculation triangle’?Ask these questions to a teacher of mathematics and to a teacher of science and you are unlikely...


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Ten tips when it comes to driving science into primary schools

How do you support science teaching and learning in your primary school? Whether a new science leader or a seasoned hand, below are ten tips to ensure that all of your children receive a first class science education. 1. AuditAudit your school to see how much science is being done. Include questions such as:How many hours a week are...


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Connecting primary mathematics and science - a practical approach

The ability of children to understand the world in which they live and play depends on how they see and make connections between subjects. Mathematics and science are at the centre of modern life and they will certainly be there in the future. This is why I am delighted to be able to speak at the mathematics conference this year and to be...


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Science practicals: making a voltaic cell

This is a really simple way to show how we can chemically generate electricity using everyday equipment.A voltaic cell, named after Alessandro Volta, is an electrochemical cell that derives electrical energy from the flow of electrons from one metal to another, this is driven by oxidation and reduction reactions (redox) (depending on the loss or...


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