17 July 2015

UKAHT supports Primary Science Teaching Trust Celebration Day

UKAHT were delighted to be able to support the Primary Science Teaching Trust Celebration Day, by providing materials related to their theme of penguins and the Antarctic. They sent us this article:


Primary Science Teaching Trust Celebration Day

Teachers from the Monmouth Comprehensive School and their feeder primary schools: Cross Ash Primary School, Raglan Primary School, Trellech Primary School, Osbaston Primary School, Llandogo Primary School,  Overmonnow Primary School,  Usk Primary School and Kymin View Primary School have been part of an exciting project funded by the PSTT (Primary Science Teaching Trust) to support Scientific Enquiry and the transition between primary and secondary schools in Wales.

After the celebration event Catherine Jones, Headteacher, Osbaston Primary School, thanked us for organising the project “…the celebration event was a triumph for the five schools involved and enjoyable for all teachers and pupils that took part.”

The teachers from the cluster schools attended a two-day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course where they found out how to improve pupils’ science skills and develop interactive learning. During the CPD the teachers collaborated to developed ideas around the theme of penguins and the Antarctica to produce a project which would improve pupils’ science skills and knowledge which they then apply in an investigation in the classroom. The schools collaborated with STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) Ambassadors during this process.

Once completed, the teachers and pupils presented their pupil’s work at a final celebration at the secondary school.

"I really enjoyed hearing from the children and their teachers about their Penguin Projects. The Trust is very pleased to support this sort of activity for primary schools to engage in meaningful learning. It was amazing to see the range of science and mathematics activities which came from the main theme. The children were all very enthusiastic and spoke knowledgeably about the experiments they had done and what found out about penguins and life in the Antarctic. They all clearly benefitted from the experience and the support the 'See Science' team were able to give their schools."  Paul Denley, Primary Science Teaching Trust.

I would like to thank the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust(UKAHT) for kindly providing all the pupils that attended the celebration event with a wonderful pupil’s pack, stamps, postcards and pencils from the UKAHT’s Port Lockroy team together with poster and photos that made a fabulous display.

To find out more about the PSTT (Primary Science Teaching Trust), the PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark) or the Primary Science Teacher Awards 2014 go to http://www.pstt.org.uk/

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