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Is it ever OK to admit you find teaching biology difficult?

Chatting with a colleague the other day, I had one of those light bulb moments. She said how difficult it was for her to admit that she found teaching biology difficult.As a degree qualified chemist with industry experience, she had subject expertise and plenty of ideas for teaching chemistry and physics, but didn’t feel confident about her...


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What are antibubbles and how are they changing the world?

Add a twist to your lessons on states of matter by investigating antibubbles.What are antibubbles?Most students will be familiar with bubbles that can be created by blowing air into a film of soapy water. These bubbles consist of a volume of air enclosed by a membrane of liquid. The bubble is held as a sphere by forces between the liquid molecules...


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A day like no other: filming science demonstrations with Professor Brian Cox

Looking back on my experience regarding teaching science with Professor Brian Cox, I questioned myself about how it all started.What seems like a long time ago now, the Royal Society contacted me, as science leader of Britannia Village Primary School, about the chance to teach a science lesson with one of the most acclaimed scientists of our times...


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Put your practical skills to the test

Science demonstrations can be used in lots of different ways, whether it’s because you want to focus on a particular aspect of a practical, it might be a practical that’s unsafe for students to do or you’re modelling a practical for students to do it themselves.Generally though, a demonstration will be linked to the curriculum and will be used for...


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Practical work: helping students enjoy science

WRITTEN BY: HILARY LEEVERS, WELLCOME TRUSTAs a teenager with a growing passion for physics, seeing the trails of sub-atomic particles falling through a cloud chamber - that I’d actually helped to make in our classroom - was mind blowing. Likewise, dissecting a sheep’s eyeball helped me see the world in a different way. I hope that...


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Terrific Scientific: engaging schools and families alike

Written by: Johannah Dyer, Executive Producer, Terrific ScientificFewer than 15% of 10 to 14 year olds (and particularly girls) currently aspire to pursue a career in science – leaving the UK with a looming skills shortage. That’s why BBC Learning is running an ambitious and innovative two year primary science project – to inspire a...


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Is a career in science for me?

With two in five students saying they are interested in science related careers why do we need to worry about the scientific competitiveness of the UK on the global stage?Findings from the Wellcome Trust’s Science Education Tracker show that this number comes from some specific demographics and there is still work to be done in communicating to...


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Disbelief, amazement and pride: ENTHUSE Celebration Award winner shares her experiences

Written by: Louise Parks, winner of Primary Science ENTHUSE Award, 2016A balmy summer evening in London and as I walked up to the impressive Wellcome Trust building, not really knowing what to expect, the magnitude of the reason I was there became very real!After receiving an Intensive ENTHUSE Award to help develop science in my school,...


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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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