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Equipment for primary science

Discussion in 'Primary' started by alexdoughty, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. alexdoughty

    alexdoughty New commenter

    Hi
    I've been given responsibility for science in my new school, and it is horribly under resourced! I basically need to start from scratch, and have been looking online for a list of suggested resources to get the basics in place for teachers to start teaching quality science.

    I can't seem to find anything online, so if anyone has any such a list that they use to audit their resources I'd be very grateful to see it!

    Many thanks in advance
     
  2. bonxie

    bonxie Senior commenter

    The Primary Science Teaching Trust links below should give you some ideas for equipment to buy and how to store it. There is also information on developing a science policy and downloadable labels for easy access to your stored resources. The PSTT produces a good (free) newsletter you can sign up for.You could contact one of the PSTT fellows in your area to find out about primary science projects going on in your area.


    https://www.pstt-cpd.org.uk/ext/cpd/resourcing-primary-science/equipment-labels.asp#a3
    https://www.pstt-cpd.org.uk/ext/cpd/resourcing-primary-science/managing-resources.asp
    https://www.pstt-cpd.org.uk/ext/cpd/resourcing-primary-science/resourcing-policy.asp
    https://pstt.org.uk/what-we-do/why-how-newsletter
    https://pstt.org.uk/in-your-area
     
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  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Talk to the staff in your school and get them to make a list of what they would do if only they had the equipment. Then that is the equipment you need to order.

    Don't just order a generic list as half of it will never get used and staff will still be complaining they can't teach science because there is no equipment.
     
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  4. bonxie

    bonxie Senior commenter

    You'll also need to look at the science programme of study to ensure progression through the school. This'll give you an idea of which equipment is needed for each activity.

    You could also register (free) with STEM learning. This will give you access to a lot of useful online resources.
    https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science

    CLEAPSS is useful too for ideas and health and safety advice.
    http://primary.cleapss.org.uk/Resources/All/?Search=

    If your budget will stretch to it, you could sign up with the Association for Science Education.
    https://www.ase.org.uk/resources
     
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