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Calling Primary Science Leads!

Discussion in 'Primary' started by ElizaMorrell, Jul 27, 2018.

  1. ElizaMorrell

    ElizaMorrell Occasional commenter

    Posted this in the Science forum but have received no response. Hoping some kind people on here might help!

    As of September, I am taking over Science lead.

    I like to think my Science knowledge is pretty decent (for a non-specialist KS1 teacher...), and I'm currently reading anything and everything to increase my understanding, but would love recommendations for books to help grow my knowledge base and understanding of Science pedagogy. Google searches are great, but there is so much out there and I have a limited budget. Would like to know the most useful ones before investing!

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. janerain72

    janerain72 New commenter

    'It's not fair or is it?' by Jane Turner is great for skilling staff up on different types of scientific enquiry, and shows progression of skills from early years to upper ks2.
     
  3. squashball

    squashball Occasional commenter

    Congratulations on becoming science lead. Leading a subject is all about flying the flag for it - I am sure you will. It is also about ensuring progression and that teachers are clear on what they should be teaching, what the children have previously learned and what is coming their way in future years - planting seeds and knowing what a plant needs shouldn't happen the same way in every year group! Were I you, I would make myself really acquainted with current planning and timetables and than I'd ask the teachers whether they have the resources they need to ensure they can teach their topics - have they run out of magnets of magnifying glasses or pooters? This should probably take precedence over text books, but I may be wrong. Supporting teachers to think creatively - maybe investigating school trips or outside work and using that as the basis of the science curriculum - but, again, I would find out what your teachers already do and want help with.
    Have you looked at STEM who run short courses for science leads? If you're in London, the UCL also run courses. Again for us Londoners, the Science Museum holds periodic FREE evening teacher meets with wine and nibbles and the chance to play with all their lovely resources.
    You might find this, from STEM useful (particularly relating to the "working scientifically" NC strand

    https://www.stem.org.uk/elibrary/resource/36547

    You'll need to sign up.
     
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  4. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Lead commenter

    Congratulations on your new role. Not a Science specialist so can't help with books - but Explorify is a great free Science website which you might want to sign up to and have a look at during the holidays.
     
  5. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    Best to invest in equipment as you go along? As @squashball recommends, check what is needed to teach the topics in your Science curriculum and make sure there are the tools for the children to learn. They can’t learn about circuits and electricity practically (for example) if they have no bulbs, batteries and crocodile clips.
    See if you can link up with a local senior school and either visit or meet with the Head of the Science faculty in order to observe, ask questions or learn more. Would there be any opportunities for some of your pupils to have a Science morning/afternoon at this school and for everyone to learn from knowledgable specialists who have access to more equipment than you do?
     
  6. porker

    porker New commenter

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  7. ElizaMorrell

    ElizaMorrell Occasional commenter

    Thanks all!

    Porker, Sunshine & Jane that was just what I was looking for!

    I have a pretty solid plan, just need the knowledge to back me up!
     

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