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Trees for schools

Issue: November 2016 266

Extract: Primary schools across England are being given the chance to combine mud with maths and spades with science, courtesy of free tree packs.

The Prep Room

Issue: November 2016 266

Author: Compiled by Sue Smith

Extract: The technician committee reflects on the 20 year anniversary of the National Technicians Conference and the importance of CPD workshops run by technicians.

You know you're a technician when you do these 22 things!

Issue: November 2016 266

Author: Compiled by Sue Smith for The Prep Room

Extract: Do you spend Sundays searching for woodlice? Or ask your butchers for a bag of eyes? Here's our top 22 things of bizarre and amazing experiences shared by technicians.

The 2016-17 Science Book of the Year Award

Issue: November 2016 266

Author: Alaric Thompson

Extract: For the first time in the history of ASE, 2016 saw the introduction of our new Science Book of the Year Award. We were seeking a book that goes that extra mile and supports our vision of ‘science for all’, a book that could supplement a teacher’s understanding, that innovative hook, or something that goes beyond the traditional science curriculum – something more than just ‘run of the mill’.

Latest resources

Issue: November 2016 266

Extract: Get your 7-11 year olds to take a cross-curricular approach to exploring the first electrical houses, get students involved in the uncover copper competition and find out about the tastiest appliance of science from Chilled Education.

Experiences of the new A-level

Issue: November 2016 266

Author: Sarah Longshaw - Update from the 11-19 committee.

Extract: Prior to September (2016), our first year of delivery of the new specification, everything seemed to be in place. The specs were accredited; we had been on the exam board training; we had bought textbooks and online resources and had a route planned showing which teacher would deliver which topic. On the surface, it was pretty much business as usual, so how come the last year has been so challenging?

Why should primary teachers go to the ASE Annual Conference?

Issue: November 2016 266

Author: Leslie Hunter - Primary Science Focus

Extract: As a primary practitioner have you ever thought about going to the ASE Annual Conference? This article looks at the motivations in seeking subject specific CPD at the ASE event - whether for clarification, affirmation, inspiration or sheer desperation!

Reflections from a new editor

Issue: November 2016 266

Author: Leigh Hoath - Primary Science Focus

Extract: Since beginning as Editor of Primary Science, I have been in a privileged position to reflect on what is being shared with primary and Early Years teachers through its publication. It has made me look at things differently – how I am seeing the articles through the lens of a reader, a practitioner and now as an Editor and each perspective is slightly different.

Bringing inquiry into the classroom through Action Research

Issue: November 2016 266

Author: Chris Harrison

Extract: Several studies have documented students’ lack of interest, motivation and uptake in learning science. In 2007, an EU report called for a radical change in science pedagogy and recommended that school science teaching move from a deductive to an inquiry approach. To support this idea, the EU has funded many multi-country projects to bring a more inquiry approach to school science and to support groups of teachers across Europe in bringing about this radical change in pedagogy.

What resources to buy?

Issue: November 2016 266

Author: The ASE Green Tick Evaluation Scheme

Extract: We are pleased to present summary reports of the next three resources to have been awarded the ASE Green Tick.

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