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ASE East of England Area Conference 2014, Harlow

Date: Saturday 8th March 2014

Time: 09:00 AM to 01:30 PM

Location : Stewards Academy, Harlow

Venue: Stewards Academy, Parnall Road, Harlow, Essex CM18 7NQ View map

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Conference RatesFee
ASE member £25
Non-member £40
ASE Trainee member £10
Trainee Non-member £15
Provisional Programme - 8 March 2014

08:30-09:15 Registration

09:15-09:55 Keynote – Maintaining curiosity – why and how: Stuart Naylor

Stuart Naylor is a Director of Millgate House Education. His main roles are running courses for teachers in the UK and internationally, consultancy, writing new publications and research.


Primary (A1) Improving progress in Primary Science: Liz Lawrence

The new National Curriculum provides an ideal opportunity for Schools to review, revise and revitalize their approach to Primary Science.  This interactive session, building on key messages from Maintaining Curiosity, will explore how teachers can adapt their planning to focus on key scientific ideas and skills, and develop learning sequences which will ensure that outcomes are achieved and progress monitored – without levels! 

Primary (A2) Light - think it, talk it, be it, understand it: Jason Harding

In this session we will explore how several methods have been used to help pupils understand the concept 'Light' through a creative curriculum topic.  Speaking as an expert, kinaesthetic models,modelling and written explanations will all be explored and explained.  Participants will leave with a pack of resources and our teaching and learning cycle rational specifically related to the context of teaching ‘Light’. 

Cross phase (A3) AfL in Science classroom: Chris Harrison

Its now 15 years since Inside the Black Box indicated the way that teachers should use assessment to promote and support learning. This session will look back over the last 15 years and see what lessons have been learnt about classroom assessment and reflect on how innovative teachers have utilised the power of AfL in their classrooms. It will then look forward into our new national curriculum and think about how we might use AfL to ensure we keep our focus on learning. 

Secondary (A4) Update on A level and GCSE:OCR

This session provide a generic update on the GCSE reforms in science and the redeveloped A levels. Followed by an update on how OCR are responding and what we are currently proposing for our new science qualifications. 

Secondary (A5) Practical work – what is the point?: Richard Needham

Since the ASE’s Getting Practical project, there have been many developments around the use of practical work in teaching and learning science. It has become the focus of attention for many within science education and this is leading to a better understanding of the ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’, but also highlighting concerns about assessment and resourcing. This session takes an in depth look at one practical activity to explore some of these issues. It also explains different ways the activity can be used in teaching, to focus on different learning outcomes.

11:00-11:30 Coffee and Exhibition


Primary (B1) Cup cake science: Steve Marshall

This session will explore this latest phenomenon within our science lessons. Using cup cake cups for investigating, making cupcakes in classroom for science and even decorating as a way of stimulating pupil recording creatively . Come and be challenged and relaxed. Even a chance to taste. 

Primary (B2) GET OUT: Naomi Hiscock

The new curriculum provides a greater emphasis for teachers to take science learning outside the classroom. This session will explore the opportunities that teachers can build into their curriculum for different phases and considers the implications for implementing outdoor learning.

Cross phase (B3) Science teaching: what works?: Stuart Naylor

The research evidence about what makes teaching effective is becoming increasingly secure.  This thought provoking session lifts the lid on what realy works in the classroom.  It draws on extensive research evidence, but focuses on the practicalities of science teaching and learning.  This is what you need to know about evidence-based teaching. 

Secondary (B4) Marking and feedback: making it as easy as 1, 2, 3: Doug Cremin

In this discussion about marking and feedback we will think about embedding marking in to your planning, strategies to turn marking in to a low energy, high impact task and how to ensure pupils engage with feedback.

Secondary (B5) 10 Practicals to do before you die: Nick O’Brien  

"Is it the whoosh bottle? How about dissecting a heart? I've always loved the Doppler Ball." Back by popular demand (with a nip a tuck and a couple of new additions – an updated top 10) in this session, we aim to show you not only how to set these practicals and demonstrations up, but also give you practical tips to help you instil awe and wonder in your lessons. We will also look at ways we can make these integral learning opportunities rather than just 'whizz/bang' party pieces. 

12:30-13:00 Coffee and Exhibition

13:00-13:30 Plenary - Science Magic: Matt Pritchard

Join Dr Matt Pritchard, an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle and science communicator, as he performs and explains a wealth of science sorcery and maths magic. These simple yet effective illusions will be easy to implement in your classroom at no cost. The tricks are designed to boost both engagement and critical thinking in the students.