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RAF100 INSPIRE

The RAF youth engagement activity has been expanded with curriculum-based STEM days at schools across the United Kingdom. The wider programme includes robotics competitions, residential courses for girls and the sponsorship of a new Scouts badge.

The aim behind all of this is to encourage the further study of maths and science and to use the unique opportunity of our centenary to inspire the aviators, astronauts, engineers and cyber specialists of the future.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this resource visit:

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Primary Science

KS2 - Weds 18 October (9am to 12.30pm)
KS1 - Tues 31 October (9am to 12.30pm)

This morning session will guide you through the science curriculum and why children need to work scientifically at KS1/ KS2. Delegates will look at different types of enquiry which children can engage in to explore the world around them. Identify how to integrate and embed assessment practices into science teaching. Acquire a deeper understanding of progression across KS1/KS2 to make a confident assessment of learning and identify childrenís next steps. Follow up twilight session for both KS1 & KS2: Thursday 2 November - 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

These sessions are suitable for Teachers, TAs, Subject Leaders and for those who need refreshing on subject knowledge, current thinking and developments.

Science Flyer KS1 & KS2

To book please visit:

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Teacher gives FREE assemblies & innovative practical sessions to help your pupils be more WasteAware


Your pupils can learn about an amazing array of materials for your Science targets.

Monika is a highly motivated and enthusiastic qualified teacher of Art with 11 years of experience in primary and secondary education. With a natural creativity and a passion for a Green Planet, Monika is committed to developing and delivering a wide range of engaging activities.

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A STEM based, water saving initiative for key stage 3

Challenge: Water is a FREE exciting secondary schools programme that encourages young people to use their creativity and skills to develop innovative solutions to water issues in their area, as well as globally.

The programme has been developed by WaterAid in partnership with Affinity Water. This exciting key stage three initiative provides young people with the opportunity to collaborate and create innovative solutions to water and sanitation issues, by developing a product and behavior change campaign, whilst competing against other schools in their area.

It aims to get school students interested in and involved with saving water and improving the sustainability of their school and local community. Students will also gain insight into the importance of water worldwide and learn about the range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects open to them, through hands on experience.

The programme concludes with a celebration and judging event where all teams have the opportunity to showcase their ideas to a panel, hear a range of inspiring speakers and meet others to share their Challenge: Water experiences.

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Primary Science Package Feb 2016

The primary National Curriculum now contains broad statements for each topic and a range of challenging working scientifically objectives which present teachers with challenges around planning and assessment.

To support this Herts for Learning (HfL) has developed a suite of resources, titled the primary science package, which contains a range of assessment tasks, tracking documents and a breakdown of the knowledge required for each topic to help teachers with planning. Visit the HfL website for more information

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Thames Water Education Centre - Tour for Schools

Thames Water have a guided tour for schools which shows where waste water is treated, and an interactive workshop showing how it all works.

A perfect trip for any topic linking to water or the environment, or for those looking for a day out with a difference! Our activities have excellent links to a variety of national curriculum subjects.

Tours are free for schools who are Thames Water customers.

More information on water education visit the geography section on the Grid.


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Affinity Water Education Service February 2015

We believe that water, energy and environmental issues are vital for all individuals to be aware of from a young age. Thatís why our Education Team is on hand to support teachers, by providing a practical learning experience at our award winning Education Centre in Bushey or at your school. Our curriculum- linked visits are hands-on and tailored to your needs.

We ensure that your school is provided with an experience that is well planned, informative and highly educational.

We offer programmes for both primary and secondary schools on a wide range of environmental topics including water conservation, habitats, ponding & minibeasts, soils & rocks, rivers, water treatment and Science in industry.

We offer curriculum linked science based learning activities from Yr3 to Y13.

More information on water education visit the geography section on the Grid.


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Travelling Natural History Museum

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Primary Resources

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Maintaining Curiosity: a survey into science education in schools

The report sets out the findings of a new survey of science in 91 primary and 89 secondary schools, which was carried out between 2010 and 2013.

This report will support schools in implementing the new National Curriculum.

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Knebworth House Outdoor Activity Days - Primary

Did you know that Knebworth House now offers outdoor science activity days?

‘From Seeds to Cedars: How Plants Grow’:  Let your pupils step out of the concrete jungle and connect with the natural world in this beautiful outdoor space.  Through this activity day, children will develop their understanding of the science curriculum through direct experience.

Children will see the topic of ‘Green Plants’ come to life as they explore the Formal Gardens and walled Kitchen Garden with our expert guides. There’s a chance to dig in too!  Topics covered include: what plants need for growth; the life cycle of a plant; the different forms that plants take and what we use plants for. Throughout, children will use their senses to investigate all sorts of plants from small fruits to the largest trees!


Group Bookings co-ordinator: groupbookings@knebworthhouse.com or phone 01438 810931.

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Resourcing Practical Work Project

A SCORE (Science Community Representing Education) working group is continuing to plan activities that embed the recommendations made in the Resourcing School Science reports and that promote the SCORE benchmarks for adequate resourcing levels in equipment, consumables, outside space and technician employment in school practice.

SCORE will be using the new curriculum as an opportunity to refocus priority funding; encouraging awarding organisations to include practical activities in the qualification specifications; working together with industries that are lacking in graduates with suitable practical skills in order to lobby funders effectively; and centralising expensive resources so that rarely used items can be shared across schools.


The SCORE recommendations for improved and more equitable resourcing of practical science in schools can be found in the primary and secondary reports below. In the coming months a SCORE working group will be developing a strategy and planning activities to ensure that the recommendations remain a top priority.

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Knebworth House - Outdoor Science Activity

Did you know that Knebworth House now offers outdoor science activity days?

 

‘From Seeds to Cedars: How Plants Grow’:  Let your pupils step out of the concrete jungle and connect with the natural world in this beautiful outdoor space.  Through this activity day, children will develop their understanding of the science curriculum through direct experience.

Children will see the topic of ‘Green Plants’ come to life as they explore the Formal Gardens and walled Kitchen Garden with our expert guides. There’s a chance to dig in too!  Topics covered include: what plants need for growth; the life cycle of a plant; the different forms that plants take and what we use plants for. Throughout, children will use their senses to investigate all sorts of plants from small fruits to the largest trees!


Group Bookings co-ordinator: groupbookings@knebworthhouse.com or phone 01438 810931.