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Urgent help: science update

Discussion in 'Primary' started by EBC, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. EBC

    EBC Occasional commenter

    Hi all, I'm not usually one to post like this but.....

    Can you help? I'm the new science coordinator and need to present to my team, tomorrow!

    I had planned an audit and review of science and discussion, but Head has said no. She's asked for an update on what's new in Science/Science initiatives or something like that.

    Im primary. Any ideas would be a great help. It wasnt what I wanted to look at but have to now. Help!
  2. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    I haven't been ignoring you since I looked, I've been thinking, but really very hard, I am sorry.

    How about looking at the NASA site? They often have educational resources based on current space missions. That is current news, rather than whats new in science education, though.

    Nothings new, really, just recycled
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  3. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

  4. bonxie

    bonxie Lead commenter

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  5. bonxie

    bonxie Lead commenter

    You could look at whether your pupils are getting a good balance of the different types of scientific enquiry types (not just fair testing). Over the course of an academic year, pupils should carry out several investigations which involve different types of enquiry:
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  6. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    please avoid saying "fair test" if you can, they lose marks for this phrase at GCSE, it can take a long time to hammer it out of them in secondary school, and sometimes we never d0 - what is learnt at primary can stick for a life time.
  7. bonxie

    bonxie Lead commenter

    Whether 'fair test' is an acceptable term or not depends on your country's curriculum. In Scotland, it's specified in the Sciences: Principles and Practice document as being part of the Curriculum for Excellence at Second level.

    Citizen science
    Get your pupils involved in real scientific research. There are projects all over the world that they can join in with, e.g. Penguin Watch - assisting scientists with counting penguins to help them to understand penguin population changes, and changes in their survival rates and timing of breeding.


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  8. EBC

    EBC Occasional commenter

    Oh goodness you lot are fab!

    Thank you you so much!
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  9. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

  10. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    Well worth contacting the appropriate teacher for your region :

    they do some good free resources too -
  11. TheOracleAtDelphi

    TheOracleAtDelphi Established commenter

    Although taking bonxie's point on board, I was just wondering whether there is a stock phrase we should use - something to do with controlling variables as much as possible and only changing one thing at a time?

    Bit late to the party so hope it went well. Not sure where you are geographically but York has a public aimed science fair in October/November time with most input from the uni - it might be worth seeing whether your local uni does anything similar...

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