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Issue: March 2017 147

Author: Editor: Leigh Hoath

Extract: ...There is little doubt that the rise in social media and internet usage is something of a game changer when it comes to access to information about sex, life and all that goes with them, which means it is even more important that as teachers we get our part right, although I appreciate the complexity of what this ‘right’ looks like.

Notice Board

Issue: March 2017 147

Extract: - Tinkering for learning - Nature detectives - Forest stargazing - The big sunflower project - ReachOut Reporter - Christmas Lectures for primary - Resources from schoolscience.co.uk on life cycles

Why do we have to talk about it?

Issue: March 2017 147

Extract: Sarah Bearchell engaged 9- to 10-year-olds with sex education as a scientist rather than their regular teacher.

Spring is in the air, but don’t forget the other seasons!

Issue: March 2017 147

Extract: Steven Lewis-Neill explains how he supports the teaching of life cycles and offers some ideas to explore all year round.

The Great Bug Hunt 2017

Issue: March 2017 147

Extract: This competition, now in its fourth year, fits into the curriculum and helps to develop Working Scientifically too; it also fits perfectly with many topics.

A whole day of bees? Buzz off!

Issue: March 2017 147

Extract: David Church explains how his class learnt about life cycles and more during his school’s ‘Bee Day’.

Sex and relationships education: whose responsibility?

Issue: March 2017 147

Extract: Amy Strachan and Alex Sinclair outline the importance of addressing sex and relationships education with student teachers.

Science Swap Shop: Life Cycles

Issue: March 2017 147

Extract: A four page pullout to copy or keep. Activities include: - Chicken life cycle sensory bin (Ages 3-5) - Flowering plant life cycle spinner (Ages 5-7) - Edible butterfly life cycle (Ages 7-9) - Stackable life cycles (Ages 9-11)

What connects a dead hedgehog and a twig?

Issue: March 2017 147

Extract: Simon Williams shares how his class found scientific connections between a dead hedgehog, a fungus-covered stick, a twig and a ‘tree cave’, and the effect this had on his own learning.

Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow? Creating the creative school garden

Issue: March 2017 147

Extract: Padraig Egan believes that learning outside the classroom is key in supporting development of scientific concepts, as exemplified in his creative school garden.

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