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A ‘Peake’ into using social media

Issue: September 2017 149

Extract: Sarah Walker describes her journey from being introduced to an iPad to the opening up of a world of media.

Social media: a window to a wider world

Issue: September 2017 149

Extract: Fran Long writes about how she has developed learning and teaching through engaging with social media.

Science Swap Shop: Mini straw flutes, Dancing bees, Secret Messages and Investigating Sound

Issue: September 2017 149

Extract: Age 3-5 Activity: Mini Straw Flutes Musical instruments are a fantastic way to explore sound and how the pitch and volume of a sound can be changed. Age 5-7 Activity: Dancing bees This activity encourages children to think about how bees communicate by creating their own waggle dance! Age 7-9 Activity: Secret messages Lemon and lime juice are very difficult to see when used to write on white paper, but when heated turn brown. This makes them a great invisible ink. Age 9-11 Activity: Muffling Sounds Sound vibrations can travel through air, water and solid materials, but travel through some materials better than others. This investigation encourages children to discover which materials are best at reducing the loudness of a sound.

Bridging the gap – using social media to bring together science and families

Issue: September 2017 149

Extract: Toby Tyler describes how the wider world of social media has brought his school community closer together and Emma Vanstone highlights how schools can draw on support for engaging children with science at home.

Using Web 2.0 technology to enhance the science curriculum in your school

Issue: September 2017 149

Extract: Mark Hainsworth shares his vision of what 21st century science education might look like in the future and discusses how to develop an e-learning capability in your school.

Moderation for professional learning

Issue: September 2017 149

Extract: Sarah Earle, with Kendra McMahon, outlines how Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) can support different ways of moderating.

Growing the seeds of scientific enquiry

Issue: September 2017 149

Extract: Clarysly Deller outlines an approach to enquiry through a science challenge activity.


Issue: September 2017 149

Extract: • Smart pickings Lynne Bianchi Sandbach, Cheshire: Millgate House, 2016 • A beginner’s guide to life on Earth Gill Arbuthnott London: Bloomsbury, 2015 • If … a mind-bending way of looking at big ideas and numbers David Smith London: Wayland, 2015 • Messy goes to Okido Okido London: Thames and Hudson, 2016


Issue: May 2017 148

Focus on...Professional Learning

Issue: May 2017 148

Author: Editor: Leigh Hoath

Extract: Looking beyond the sticky notes and marker pens that are often standard issue on one-day courses, we are inspired to take back ideas and strategies to our classrooms and begin to make changes that will improve some aspect of learning and teaching. There are some really high-quality professional development opportunities for teachers and it is essential that attendance at these is encouraged and fully supported by the leadership team in schools.

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