Tell me and I will forget,
Show me and I may remember,
Involve me and I will understand.
At St. Teresa’s we believe that the best science teaching fosters and develops pupils’ curiosity in the subject whilst also helping them to fulfil their potential. For our pupils to achieve well in science, they need to acquire the necessary scientific knowledge and also be able to enjoy the experience of engaging and purposeful enquiry in order to help them answer scientific questions about the world around them.
The new national Curriculum 2014 states why we teach science in schools:
‘A high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.’
Thinking, Doing, Talking Science project for Year 5 pupils
St Teresa's is participating in an exciting science project this year. Thinking, Doing, Talking Science is a professional development programme for teachers with a focus on creative, practical and challenging science lessons. It was developed by Science Oxford and Oxford Brookes University. Through a trial in Oxfordshire, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), this programme has been shown to significantly improve pupils’ attainment in and attitudes towards science. The current project will evaluate whether the programme continues to be effective when it is delivered by other primary science experts across England. The project will be independently evaluated by American Institutes for Research (AIR).
AIR has randomly assigned participating schools to either an ‘intervention’ or a ‘control’ group. Teachers in the ‘intervention group’ will receive training in 2016/17 while teachers in the ‘control group’ will receive training in 2017/18. St. Teresa's have been assigned to the 'control' group and look forward to receiving training 2017/18.
Towards the end of their time in Year 5, pupils in all participating schools will complete a short science assessment and a questionnaire about their views of science that will be used to evaluate the programme. The test and questionnaire will be part of normal classroom activities and will take approximately 50 minutes in total to complete. The results from the assessment will only be used for the research and will not alter the teacher’s assessment of a child’s progress. The assessments will be invigilated, collected and processed by NatCen Social Research. The results will only be accessible to the researchers in the NatCen and AIR teams working on the project. The data will be kept confidential, in accordance with the Data Protection Act. Only group results of the programme evaluation will be published.
We look forward to taking part in British Science Week again 10th to 19th March 2017 (check out our Blog pages nearer the time!)
We're enjoying taking part in Mad Science after school club.