Spring into Science

Nadia Callow- Hussain April 2019 The idea for Spring into Science came about from being inspired by watching the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. Like the Christmas Lectures our very own Spring into Science was set up to introduce a young audience to physics through spectacular demonstrations delivered by Professors passionate about their field. Professor Philip Moriarty and Professor Ed Copeland from our very own University of Nottingham delivered a fantastic lecture called Universal Harmonies- When physics meets music meets maths… As you can imagine, from a title like that it was full of exciting scientific phenomena, spellbinding experiments and an enthusiastic young audience. See for yourself! https://vimeo.com/333330231/c050318c7f After the experiments, a panel of students and researchers took questions from the enthusiastic year 8 audience. Professor Moriarty also wrote a blog about the event https://muircheartblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/05/lightning-strikes-again-spring-into-science-2019/...

Assessment Objective 3 on the 9-1 GCSE Science Specification

Nadia Callow Hussain March 2019 I delivered short CPD session on strategies encourage teachers to  students to have confidence when delivering these questions and building student confidence in answering questions. We looked at strategies to use and past paper questions that would help explain the ideas in class. Delivered at Ellis Guilford School and Park Vale Academy in March 2019...

Preconceptions in Science

Nadia Callow- Hussain March 2019 The Education Endowment Fund produced a report in 2018 on Improving Secondary Science. The first strand  in the summary recommendations was to tackle the preconceptions that pupils bring into lessons. I ran a short CPD session at Ellis Guilford based around discussion on what the common preconceptions are and how to tackle them....

FOSAC – Real Science in Schools Symposium.

Nadia Callow- Hussain February 2019 As part of Nottingham’s amazing Festival of Science and Curiosity, the team set up a Symposium in the historic Council House (include fly through link https://vimeo.com/318457467/b080b4faac ) to showcase real life scientific research in schools. Students from over 20 school were there to present their research findings. The overriding essence of the event was the keen enthusiasm from the children in the room. https://vimeo.com/319515483/b126e0a335 We are looking to expand the excitement and enthusiasm that the Symposium encouraged to include more secondary schools next year in line with fulfilling the Gatsby Practical Science Benchmark 8 (Investigative projects- Students should have opportunities to do open-ended and extended investigative projects.) Please look out for the opportunity to get some funding to help take part in some enjoyable science projects designed to inspire pupils and to connect with science in the world around...

Maths in Science – Thursday 6th December 18

Maths in Science went ahead at Nottingham University yesterday. Greg Thomas came in to give several hints and tips. How do you feel about equation triangles?  He suggested that whilst they have their place, they may hinder progression and if students can calculate kinetic energy them why do they need a triangle for speed, distance and time?!  It brought about a fair amount of discussion around the room. Greg also shared the Mathematics programmes of study for key stages 1, 2 and 3 to underpin the context of the level of maths students are now taught. Plenty of ideas for practical use in the classroom and lovely cake provided by the University. Nadia Callow-Hussain, Science Strand Lead, EIB. ...