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Thursday, June 6
 

12:00pm

Keynote Talk - What the Future Looks like: science in the 21st century
Limited Capacity seats available

Our scientific understanding is changing rapidly and the technologies that it is based on seem to be coming thick and fast. And yet what might seem fantastical to us, young children simply take in their stride. After all, they know no different. So what does the future hold for the next generation? What will the world look like two decades from now? What new technologies will transform our lives and tackle the world's biggest challenges, from climate change to health?
In this talk, Jim Al-Khalili will reveal some of the most exciting areas of current research, from gene editing to AI, and try to predict how our world will change. Indeed, this will require a rethink of the sort of science that is taught at schools. In a few decades, older children will no longer be learning the traditional subjects: physics, chemistry and biology, but will very likely be studying interdisciplinary topics such as nanotechnology, genetics and robotics. The talk will also focus to a large extent on the biggest transformation of all – potentially bigger even than the internet – namely, AI. To emphasise his point, he will show clips from his recent BBC4 documentary the Joy of AI, but also issue words of caution about whether society is adequately prepared for such profound changes brought about by these new technologies.

Speakers
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Jim Al-Khalili

Theoretical Physicist / Author / Broadcaster
Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS is an academic physicist, author and broadcaster. Since 2005, he has held a joint professorship in physics and in the public engagement in science at the University of Surrey, where he also holds the title of Surrey Distinguished Chair. Despite his many public... Read More →


1:00pm

1:15pm

Family learning - STEM bags
Limited Capacity seats available

Find out about the Family Learning STEM Bags project in Moray. These STEM bags not only engage parents and children in fun STEM activities, but also help to improve the children’s overall STEM enthusiasm with the aim of raising attainment and achievement and building Science Capital within families.

Speakers
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Janey Irving

Education Officer - STEM, Education Scotland


Thursday June 6, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
A28 - Cromdale Hall

1:15pm

Practical STEM ideas
Limited Capacity seats available

A selection of practical ideas, activities, photographs and planning guides to support the exploration of STEM related concepts that relate to real life. Come and gather ideas, including the use of STEM ambassadors and training opportunities

Speakers

Thursday June 6, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
A28 - Cromdale Hall

1:15pm

Rubbish Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Linda and Lesley will share a selection of practical STEM activities suitable for all schools, including those with a limited science budget. Take away a raft of simple, practical and effective ideas to take back for immediate use in any classroom. Easy to resource, easy to make, easy to use ……

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Lesley Hunter

primary science consultant, PSTT


Thursday June 6, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
A28 - Cromdale Hall

1:15pm

Up-cycled Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you concerned about the environment we live in? Do you struggle to fund science projects in school? We may have a solution for you! Concerns about the use of plastics and the damage they are causing to our environment - particularly in the Oceans and the impact on wildlife - has caused us to look at ways to recycle plastic bottles for a scientific purpose. Debbie will show you innovative ways to up-cycle materials which are difficult to dispose of and turn them into something you can use in science lessons.

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Debbie Jones

Primary Science Teaching Trust


Thursday June 6, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
A28 - Cromdale Hall

2:00pm

Drama as a formative assessment tool in primary science
Limited Capacity seats available

Can drama be used to assess children's conceptual understanding in science sessions? This talk will explore the findings from a recent classroom study which explored the use of drama as a formative assessment tool. We will examine the use of drama as a vehicle for observation and as a means to increase levels of dialogue. Attendees will gain first-hand experience of improvised drama activities within scientific contexts from a child and a teacher's perspective whilst making links with theory.

Speakers
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David Allen

Associate Professor in Learning and Teaching, ASE Primary Committee, PSQM SLT, University of Hertfordshire
I worked in primary schools for over twenty years as a classteacher, senior leader and Deputy Headteacher. I taught across Key stages 1, 2 and 3 in UK and in Spain. During this time I developed a passion for science, art and design, improvised drama, creativity and developing initiatives... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Tinto Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

2:00pm

Effective primary science: What does the academic research tell us?
Limited Capacity seats available

This talk will share ideas from academic literature about effective primary science education. We will focus on issues of both curriculum and pedagogy, including hands-on, minds-on science enquiry, cross-curricular science, science as a series of stories, talk for learning (including argumentation), misconceptions and conceptual change, and models and representations. Participants will depart with not only a range of classroom strategies but a deeper understanding of why they might be effective and greater knowledge to help them evaluate the strategies they currently use. In line with the best practice in professional development, the audience will be expected to be hands-on, minds-on too!

Speakers
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Jane Turner

Director, Primary Science Quality Mark
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Clare Warren

PhD Student, PSQM Hub Leader, PSQM


  • Target age range 4-11

2:00pm

Working scientifically with WOW moments
Limited Capacity filling up

Children are naturally inquisitive about the world around them and are often fascinated by everyday objects and experiences. Primary school teachers can use capitalise on this emotional engagement in order to develop their learning in science (McCrory, 2011). Using examples of WOW moments in the classroom this talk reflects on the crucial role teachers’ play in creating WOW moments to nurture children’s curiosity. The talk explores how WOW moments can provide opportunities for children to work scientifically and share their knowledge and understanding of science ideas.

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Sally Hardman

Senior Lecturer, University of Winchester


Thursday June 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Moorfoot Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

2:00pm

Creative approaches to "Working Scientifically" in the primary classroom
Limited Capacity full

This hands-on practical session offers a host of creative practical activities and ideas to help ensure children are working scientifically. The session will provide delegates with ideas for creative contexts and opportunities to try out activities for all the different types of enquiry that form part of the primary science curriculum. There will be chance to raise questions and share ideas as part of the session. 

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Debbie Eccles

Consultant, Primarily Science


Thursday June 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Ochil 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range All

2:00pm

Developing talk and explanation skills in Science
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will look at a range of practical strategies to use in the classroom to promote talk and higher order thinking skills. These were developed as part of a PSTT funded Research Learning Community project by a PSST science cluster in Islington and have been used successfully in classrooms across the group of five schools. There will be time to prepare resources for your own class.

Speakers
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Jo Moore

ICT and Science Development and Practice Leader, Vittoria Primary School
I teach Science and ICT at Vittoria Primary School in Islington, London. I am a fellow of the PSTT and an ASE member. @ScienceVittoria


Thursday June 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Harris 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

2:00pm

Explore, Engage, Extend
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop will share Explore, Engage, Extend –a set of engaging practical activities designed to support teachers with assessment for learning in science in upper primary school. In this hands on session, you will explore a topic through a carousel of focused activities – the aim of which is to elicit children’s knowledge and understanding by stimulating discussion and giving them opportunities to practise memory recall. You will see how the use of the activities helps increase engagement, highlight relevant vocabulary, find out what children know and would like to know, and identify misconceptions - enabling teachers to plan new learning experiences in response to children’s specific needs and interests and ensuring maximum impact with minimum time and effort.

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Tracy Tyrrell

Irchester Community Primary School


Thursday June 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Kilsyth Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 7-11

2:00pm

Getting Hands-on in Your Classroom - Using the Scientific Method
Limited Capacity filling up

Ready to open a can of worms? Pupils are engaged and motivated when they are involved in planning their own experiments. This hands-on workshop will improve your confidence in using and teaching the scientific method. You will create and carry out your own unique experiment using earthworms with support from Jayne and Nicola who work at the University of Edinburgh's Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre. Every participant will receive a bag of resources to take back to their classroom that includes materials and activity guides to support hands-on activities that explore the scientific method and animal welfare. 

Speakers
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Nicola Stock

Public Engagement Officer, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
I am the Public Engagement Officer at The Roslin Institute and Project Lead for The Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre (EBSOC). My job is to lead on public engagement with research activities at The Roslin Institute and I am delighted to have EBSOC up and running after almost four... Read More →
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Jayne Quoiani

Education Officer, Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre
I am the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre’s Education Officer. My job is to develop and deliver workshops and activities that are curriculum linked and explain current scientific research for our programmes for schools, young people, families and the public. I have a background... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Harris 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 7-11

2:00pm

Let’s Go! Taking children on a STEM Trail
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop we will look at how the immediate environment around your school can enhance the STEM curriculum for your children. Trails can be used in many different ways for lots of STEM topics. We will:

  • Look at the Trail projects – where did it start?
  • Look at the trails that have already been created.
  • Look at the outdoors in our immediate environment around the Edinburgh International Conference Centre as a way to inspire us.
  • Generate ideas for our own trails that we can use back in our schools.
  • Look to the future and see how the trails projects could grow.

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Thursday June 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Carrick 3 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range All

2:00pm

Magnificent Moths: Creative approaches to understanding natural selection and population change, using models and scaffolds to support learning
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop supplies creative ideas supporting teaching about population change over time, variation and natural selection, inspired by Darwin's observations of moths. Based on his prediction of the existence of a moth with a 30cm proboscis to feed from the Madagascan Comet orchid, the session commences with a dramatic dialogue between Darwin and his wife. A brief drama activity follows, modelling how differing length proboscises link to different flowers. This scaffolds understanding of the symbiosis between plant and animal, leading to insights into how evolution by natural selection occurs. Participants also gain practical ideas to make 'flowers' and moth 'proboscises'.

Speakers
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Clarysly Deller

Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
PSTT award winner 2012-2013Previous primary science teacher and educatorSenior lecturer in Primary Science Education at MMUResearch involvement in using drama techniques to teach science and creative practice.


Thursday June 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Carrick 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

2:00pm

Old Ways, New Ways: Australian Aboriginal tool-making
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop participants will be guided through an example of Traditional Australian Aboriginal glue making practices for the construction of knives and axes. During the glue making process, through conversation, we explore the knowledge and wisdom of this ancient technique of the Nyoongar people from the South West of Western Australia. The characteristics and physical properties of the glue produced will be compared to that of Polymorph. Throughout the workshop we provide elaborations, and give context to, the Traditional intergenerational knowledge of what, where, how and why the resources from the Australian bush were gathered and used.

Speakers
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Jason Barrow

Cultural Awareness Officer, Edith Cowan University
Is a Nyoongar man from the South West of WA and was born at the same place as his Grandfather, Gnowangerup – the place of the Mallee Fowl.Jason is based at Edith Cowan University’s Kurongkurl Katitjin centre (pronounced as koor-ong-kurl cut-it-chin which is a Nyoongar phase is... Read More →
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Caroline Bishop

Old Ways, New Ways, Community Partnerships Adviser, Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University


Thursday June 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Ochil 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 7-11

2:00pm

Science is all around
Limited Capacity seats available

School Outdoor Learning the UK's largest provider of outdoor learning solutions for schools will be embarking on a curriculum linked exploration of science outside the classroom. Linked to their Learning Outside the Classroom Teaching Handbook you will explore teaching matter from EYFS through to Key Stage 2 in an experiential and sensory way. You will come away with greater confidence, ideas and inspiration to innovate your teaching using the outdoors. Each delegate will also receive with a free pack of tried and tested outdoor lesson plans and a copy of the 'Tips and Tools Handbook' for outdoor learning. This workshop is for anyone who would like to enhance engagement, the social skills, attainment, health and wellbeing of their pupils.

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Thursday June 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
D20 - Cromdale Hall Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

2:00pm

Scotland's National Primary Cluster Programme in Science and Technology: Impact on Learning and Teaching
Limited Capacity seats available

Overview 
As a result of a number of drivers, the Scottish Government, SSERC and the National STEM [then Science] Learning Centre, identified the need for a national programme to improve the confidence and expertise of primary teachers in science and technology. The SSERC career-long professional learning (CLPL) approach with teacher mentors supporting their cluster schools at its core is informed by practice and also grounded in research evidence and the wider literature.

It has been consistently shown that teachers’ professional development is much more likely to be successful when it “involves collaboration between staff and that effective mentoring and coaching is key to this professional development” (CUREE, 2012).

The programme has been subject to extensive internal and external evaluation since its first year of delivery in 2012.

In this seminar we will explore the design of the Primary Cluster Programme in Science and Technology and its impact on:
•          teachers' commitment, beliefs, attitudes, self-esteem and confidence in making a difference to their pupils' learning; 
•          teachers' repertoires of strategies and their ability to match teaching approaches to pupils' different needs;  
•          pupils' learning, motivation and outcomes; and 
•          pupils' confidence in completing science tasks. 
 
Talk 1– Kath Crawford 
I will explore the rationale behind the development of the Primary Cluster Programme (PCP) and the implementation strategy.  Mentors from a cluster work as a group with a view to jointly devising an approach to the task of designing and implementing a programme of Professional Learning that will support promoting science and technology teaching for all their colleagues in their cluster. The mentors adopt a collaborative action research approach to implement and evaluate their task. Cluster mentors, working as a group, showcase progress and impact of their work some 8 months after our initial interventions.  We have now worked with clusters of primary schools from across all 32 Local Authorities in Scotland.  The impact of PCP on the quality of learning and teaching has been subject to internal and external evaluation.  I will explore the key factors that have led to the success of PCP in Scotland. 
 
Talk 2 – Kevin Lowden and Stuart Hall 
n this presentation I will reflect on the findings of a recent multi-method research project that assessed the impact of a national CLPL programme that suggests that teacher CLPL, particular in science and technology education, is particularly effective when it adopts a collaborative mentoring approach deployed across school clusters. This model is underpinned by collaborative professional dialogue, action research and a focus on promoting teachers' confidence and expertise in science and technology using practical skills as a vehicle. I will examine the model adopted by the programme, drawing on research evidence in the literature on effective professional learning for teachers and in particular, apply Desimone’s (2009) conceptual framework.  I will explore how the PCP has been instrumental in bringing about positive change in classroom practice and consequent impact on pupils' confidence in carrying out science tasks. 
 
Talk 3 - Nicola Connor 
The SSERC PCP has had a significant effect on professional practice of colleagues across my cluster.  As a nominated mentor, I attended the PCP and I was able to gain a range of skills and expertise which, together with my fellow mentors from the cohort, have allowed me to lead developments in my school and cluster.  The benefits for my teaching colleagues and the quality of learning and teaching within their classrooms has been significant.  In my presentation I will explore how my experiences of working with the team at SSERC has enabled me to become a more confident and proficient practitioner.  The opportunity to lead professional learning across my cluster has provided both personal and professional satisfaction of a high level. 
 
Chaired by Alastair MacGregor 

Speakers
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Kath Crawford

Senioe Associate, SSERC
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Kevin Lowden

Senior Researcher, University of Glasgow
Kevin is a Research Fellow in the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change within the School of Education with a background in Sociology and education. He is also a member of Policy Scotland at the University. Kevin has over 30 years experience in managing and conducting a range... Read More →
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Stuart Hall

Research Fellow, University of Glasgow
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Nicola Connor

Primary Science Development Officer/Class Teacher, West Lothian Council


Thursday June 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Carrick 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

2:00pm

TAPS: making a lasting whole school impact
Limited Capacity seats available

Overview
The PSTT's flagship Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project, has worked with teachers in all four countries of the UK to develop support for valid, reliable and manageable school assessment processes. Following a brief introduction to the TAPS project, its scope and resources; the speakers will explore how development and use of the TAPS resources has driven change in schools, with a range of examples from different regions. They will provide guidance on making the most effective use of the TAPS self-evaluation tool and focused assessment resources for enquiry, to support teacher assessment literacy and ensure whole school lasting impact.
 
Talk 1 – Sarah Earle
Dr Sarah Earle, project lead for TAPS, will briefly introduce the TAPS project, its scope and resources (Earle et al. 2015, Davies et al. 2017, Earle et al. 2018). She will then describe how development and use of the TAPS resources has led to changes in practice in a range of schools from different regions (Earle 2017, Earle 2018).
 
Talk 2 – Elaine Stockdale
Elaine Stockdale is a PSTT Fellow, science subject leader and Foundation Phase teacher at Tongwynlais Primary School in Cardiff, Wales. As part of the TAPS Cymru team she identified examples of assessment good practice in her school (Earle et al. 2018) and helped to develop a range of scientific enquiry focused assessment activities. She will explore the focused assessment approach and consider how the TAPS Cymru resources can be used to lead to staff development.

Talk 3 – Pauline Rodger
Pauline is a PSTT Fellow, science subject leader and Key Stage 2 teacher at Holt Primary School in Wiltshire, England. She has been a TAPS project teacher since its inception in 2013. Pauline will describe how she has developed and used the TAPS resources in her school and cluster. She will explore how to support staff to develop their assessment literacy, for example, by using moderation (Rodger 2018) and how to ensure whole school lasting impact.

Chaired by Derek Bell

References
Davies, D., S. Earle, K. McMahon, A. Howe & C. Collier (2017) Development and exemplification of a model for Teacher Assessment in Primary Science, International Journal of Science Education, 39:14, 1869-1890.
Earle, S, Davies, D, McMahon, K, Collier, C, Howe, A and Digby, R (2015) Introducing the TAPS pyramid model (interactive pdf). Bristol: Primary Science Teaching Trust. Earle, S. (2017) Use of case study to develop and exemplify a model of teacher assessment. In ESERA 2017: 12th Biannual Conference of the European Science Education Research Association, 21-25 August 2017, Dublin, Ireland.
Earle, S. (Ed.) (2018) Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) special issue, Primary Science, 1-23.
Earle, S., Jones, B., Coakley, R., Fenn, L. and Davies, D. (2018) The Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) Pyramid Model: TAPS Cymru: examples from Wales. Bristol: Primary Science Teaching Trust.
Rodger, P. (2018) Making more effective use of moderation, Primary Science TAPS special issue pp.11-12.

Chair
Speakers
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Dr Sarah Earle

Senior Lecturer, Bath Spa University
PR

Pauline Rodger

Y6 teacher, SLE science, PSTT fellow, PSQM Hub Leader, Holt VC Primary School


Thursday June 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Sidlaw Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

2:00pm

The Importance of Engaging Children in Real Scientific Research
Limited Capacity seats available

Overview
This year pupils from Mearns Primary School had the opportunity to take part in a project to launch a weather balloon into the upper atmosphere to study changes in atmospheric composition and pollution. The project was run by hi-impact consultancy with support from Bristol University. The focus was on giving pupils an opportunity to be involved in every stage of a scientific research project from asking the initial questions through project planning to data collection, analysis and presentation. This type of high-profile project and the subsequent research opportunities has had a significant impact on pupil engagement in science and their understanding of scientific research. It has enhanced the work the school already do on developing the Science Capital of their pupils and the Citizen Science projects they engage in. The project was part funded by the Royal Society who offer partnership grants to support schools collaborating in real scientific research in a variety of contexts. This seminar will explore the importance of pupils having opportunities to engage with scientific research in a variety of ways, how schools can access grants to support projects and how you can find opportunities to get involved in scientific research.

Talk 1 – Professor Dudley Shallcross
Research shows that when pupils have the opportunity to get involved in real scientific research there is an increased engagement with science. In the opening section of the seminar Professor Dudley Shallcross will discuss the importance of engaging pupils in scientific research to inspire and engage them and raise their awareness of the importance of science in a wider world context. He will discuss different ways in which scientific research can be brought into the classroom and how it can be used effectively. He will explore the importance of accessing current scientific research, adapted for their level, as a way to improve understanding of the importance work scientists do. He'll also look at the positive effects of schools engaging in high impact scientific research projects with academic partners. It will discuss current research around engaging pupils and how carefully planned scientific experiences can benefit pupils and schools.

Talk 2 – Paul Tyler
Paul is a primary teacher and science lead and has a history of engaging pupils through 'real' science experiences at his school. He has used a wide variety of Citizen Science projects throughout the school and organised large scale programmes of STEM visits and visitors. Recently the school have been involved in a project to launch a high altitude weather balloon up to the edge of space to study atmospheric conditions. The project involved 130 Primary 7 pupils working alongside STEM experts in a wide variety of fields to plan the mission, programme the detectors, monitor the launch and flight, collect the data and analyse it. The inspiration and pupil engagement of such a project contribute hugely to the Science Capital of the pupils who took part.

Talk 3 – Jo Cox
Jo Cox will discuss the Royal Society's schools’ grant scheme and how her team can support schools to get involved in research projects with academic partners. She will explain the Royal Society’s focus on getting young children involved in scientific research from an early age, the value of expert partners in a school setting and the benefits to teachers of becoming engaged in research . As part of this session she will walk teachers through the application process, which can appear daunting, so that they can access the £3000 grant in 2020 following a step by step timeline. The Royal Society Partnership Grant scheme is unique in that it is fully supportive of time pressures that teachers are under and recognises that support with the application process is as important as support during the project. Pitfalls, advice and eligibility criteria will be discussed along with project ideas for teachers to consider.

Chaired by Sue Martin

Chair
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Sue Martin

Programme Director, Primary Science Teaching Trust
Ask me about anything to do with the PSTT, especially the Primary Science Teacher Awards, PSTT College Fellows, our support programmes for teachers and schools and our Wow Science site - www.wowscience.co.uk

Speakers
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Jo Cox

Education Outreach Manager, The Royal Society
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Paul Tyler

Class Teacher, Mearns Primary School, PSTT
Primary school teacher and Science Coordinator in a large primary school just outside Glasgow.Interested in all things primary science, Science Capital transitions to secondary and anything to do with Topical Science and Citizen Science.I produce a monthly Topical Science Update which... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Fintry Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

3:45pm

Two for One! This session will include two half hour talks
Limited Capacity seats available

Matt Larsen-Daw - Education for Our Planet
How can science educators help to save the planet? Starting with an introduction to the wealth of educational resources and free multimedia content available to educators through the Our Planet project, this practical talk will use real-life examples and demonstrations to explain how you can embed environmental education into your lessons and wider school life, and why you should. Includes an interactive guide to involving your students in the Our Planet global citizen science programme, building understanding of local and global biodiversity and the role they can play in sustaining it for the future.

Fran Long - Engaging with natural history museums to invigorate your science curriculum at school
Discover how museum collections and practical study of real specimens can be used to enrich the KS2 curriculum. A recent pilot study using the British Insect Collection demonstrated the impact of using of museum specimens to successfully increase knowledge. Development of working scientifically skills were evident whilst sparking curiosity and a passion for natural history. Learn about opportunities to showcase STEM careers (role of an entomologist) and link to work of famous scientists such as Carl Linnaeus. Many ideas can easily be replicated in the classroom and school grounds whilst demonstrating the benefits of collaboration with local museums and organisations.

Speakers
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Fran LONG

Fran is an innovative educator, STEM engagement specialist, trainer and researcher . A PSTT Fellow & PSQM Gold holder who is passionate about raising STEM career aspirations. Enthusiatic about promoting science & engineering in the primary years & beyond. Always looking for creative... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Fintry Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

3:45pm

Seize the Day! Making the most of pre-service teachers’ experience of primary science within an initial teacher education programme.
Limited Capacity seats available

As pre-service teachers' experience of primary science during the course of their initial teacher education programme is most surely a key determinant of the quantity and quality of their future science teaching, it is vital that they are encouraged and supported to engage in reflective classroom practice during this formative stage of their careers. This talk will describe how activities such as co-teaching and the use of video-supported reflection can be used to develop competence and confidence within the classroom. Alongside their BEd studies, students are encouraged to gain accreditation through a degree enhancement accreditation programme by working to support and develop science provision in local primary schools. As well as addressing the needs of the present we feel our approach goes some way to preparing the science leaders of the future.

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John McCullagh

Stranmillis University College


Thursday June 6, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Ochil 3 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

3:45pm

The 'Brian Cox School Experiments' - Using the Royal Society's resource
Limited Capacity filling up

Do you sometimes struggle to get started with experimental science? Do you find it hard to link your experiments to the real world? Do you worry that you might be caught off-guard by questions that children may ask or things that can go wrong?  Do you need more support with terminology around the scientific method? Or you might just want to bring Brian Cox to your classroom! If the answer to any of these questions is yes then come along and try out the Brian Cox School Experiments. You will be able to take away a set of the videos and resources to use in your classroom.

Speakers
JC

Jo Cox

Education Outreach Manager, The Royal Society


  • Target age range 4-11

3:45pm

Developing your science pedagogy through the national model of professional learning
Limited Capacity seats available

All national support programmes for Scottish educators provided by Education Scotland are underpinned by the national model of professional learning. Central to this model is the importance of practitioner as learner and the direct impact on learners.  This workshop will explore how this model can be used a critical element of self-reflection and will support professionals to consider the development of pedagogy through the use of coaching tools. Participants in this workshop can then access these resources and further online tools to develop and support their understanding.    


Thursday June 6, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Ochil 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

3:45pm

Discover the natural world: bringing biology into the classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

The Linnean Society offers free-to-hire resources across the UK with our Discovery Kit scheme, as well as free online activity packs, worksheets and videos. This workshop will take a look at the breadth of resources available to hire, giving a quick-fire CPD session and illustrating simple methods of bringing biology into the classroom, as well as integrating nature into other subjects.

Speakers
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Joe Burton

Education Manager, The Linnean Society of London
I hold the reigns to a variety of education programmes that gets free resources into schools. Get in touch if you want more nature in your curriculum.


Thursday June 6, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Ochil 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

3:45pm

Looking For Learning: a way to promote peer assessment using short self-made films
Limited Capacity seats available

Exciting 'hands-on' science activities often pass by in a flash, so how can teachers ensure the most is made from this learning through reflection and peer assessment? This project, funded by the Primary Science Teaching Trust, shows you how to make and use short films to stimulate children's dialogue about their own and each other’s learning.

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Robin James

Exeter Road Primary, Exmouth / Primary Science Teaching Trust


Thursday June 6, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Carrick 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

3:45pm

Playground Science - Enabling child-led enquiry at breaktimes
Limited Capacity filling up

Playground science bags are a great new resource from the PSTT. They are a fantastic way of enabling your pupils to carry out their own scientific enquiries at break and lunchtimes. In this workshop you will be able to try out the different activities that the science bags contain and receive practical advice on how to set them up in your school.

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Thursday June 6, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Moorfoot Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

3:45pm

SSERC and CLEAPSS Primary Practical Workshop
Limited Capacity full

A circus of activities for you to try which are often perceived as being tricky to deliver because of safety, or which are commonly delivered but where the safety is often ignored. In either case, you will leave the session knowing how to run the activities in your classroom and feeling reassured that they (and other practical activities) are all easy to implement safely. You will take away the practical procedures, including the model risk assessments, for each of the showcased activities.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Harding

Jason Harding

Section Leader Primary & Biology, CLEAPSS
Come and ask me about..practical work in biology and primary science eg making practicals work, making them as cost effective as possible and ensuring they are safe.


Thursday June 6, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Carrick 3 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

3:45pm

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Limited Capacity full

A workshop for teachers and schools to develop a methodology for using both famous and contemporary scientists in their science curriculum. We will share research-informed and trialled strategies of how to use scientists to model how to work scientifically. Delegates will take away resources which will provide a structure for an overall whole-school approach to teaching about scientists which demonstrates how scientific ideas have developed through time. In addition to this a number of practical activities will be provided which mimic how specific famous scientists worked. Activities are taken from the new PSTT resource, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants”.

Speakers
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Alison Trew

PSTT Area Mentor and website resources developer, PSTT
I was a science researcher for 9 years before training to teach and I taught in primary schools in Devon for 9 years. I am a Fellow of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and Area Mentor for South West England. In the last couple of years I have supported primary teachers and... Read More →
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Alex Sinclair

Senior Lecturer & Primary Science Lead, ASE Futures Committee, PSQM Hub Leader, St Mary's University


Thursday June 6, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Tinto Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

3:45pm

TAPS: supporting progression by focusing on science skills
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop will explore how to select a focus for teaching and learning during practical activities, to support progression and assessment of enquiry skills. We will draw on the bank of TAPS Focused Assessment plans and examples, together with presenting new activities created as part of TAPS in Northern Ireland (TAPS-NI).

Speakers
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Heather White

Thompson Primary School
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Dr Sarah Earle

Senior Lecturer, Bath Spa University


Thursday June 6, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Harris 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

3:45pm

Writing science
Limited Capacity filling up

For primary aged children to write with a scientific voice, they need to understand the science subject matter that they wish to write about and the language demands of writing like a scientist. In this workshop we will use a range of strategies (including vocabulary, talk and drama) to support children's understanding of the complex requirements of scientific writing. The approach has been used in a range of schools to achieve outstanding results in both scientific understanding and writing.  

Speakers
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Ruth Shallcross

PSTT Regional Mentor, Primary Science Teaching Trust
Ruth Shallcross has been a Fellow of the Primary Science Teacher College since 2013. During her teaching career she has worked in three North London schools each with a contrasting pupil demographic. She has held a number of roles: class teacher, subject leader and most recently Assistant... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Kilsyth Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 7-11

3:45pm

Effective primary science subject leadership
Limited Capacity seats available

Overview 
The seminar will begin with a review of the academic literature relevant to the leadership of primary science and consider what effective primary science leadership might look like from a theoretical perspective. The second talk will consider the expectations which others, including senior leaders and OFSTED, will have of subject leaders. The CPD and distributed leadership which might support subject leaders to increase their effectiveness will also be discussed. The seminar will conclude with the findings of recent research into the way in which the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) supports the development of the professional identity of science subject leaders in their roles as both leaders and science teachers. Consideration will be given to the elements of the (PSQM) and the contexts in which subject leaders work which offer affordances and constraints in such developments.

Talk 1 – Derek Bell
Subject leadership in primary schools is a relatively under researched area of study but, at the same time, it has a key role in successful teaching and learning across the curriculum. Based on research undertaken in primary schools in England, this talk will review and reflect on the development of the role, its challenges and its benefits. In particular the presentation will consider contrasting views on the tensions which arise for the vast majority of subject leaders who are also classroom teachers (see Hammersley-Fletcher & Brundrett, 2005, Busher and Harris, 2000)

Talk 2 – Julia Burger
In the primary settings the science subject leaders will usually assume responsibility for other roles in their schools. Despite performing multiple roles, effective subject leaders need to be aware of the expectations of senior leaders, colleagues, OFSTED and pupils. These expectations will be explored as will the CPD opportunities which should be available. The ways in which, through distributed leadership, subject leaders can not only raise the profile of science in school, but develop themselves as leaders will be considered. Finally, the talk will discuss preparation for a visit from Ofsted.

Talk 3 – Clare Warren
Bell and Ritchie (1999) describe subject leaders as "agents of change" and my PSQM experiences as both a participant and hub leader lead me to believe that PSQM is supportive of science subject leaders as they lead change in their schools.  This prompted me to investigate the developing identity and agency of science subject leaders as they work towards gaining a PSQM award and the affordances and constraints which influence any such development.   The results of my research will be shared.

References
Bell, D. and Ritchie, R. (1999) Towards Effective Subject Leadership in the Primary School. Open University Press. Buckingham and Philadelphia Busher, H. and Harris, A. (2000) Subject Leadership and School Improvement. Paul Chapman Publishing Ltd., London
Busher, H., Hammersley-Fletcher, L. and Turner, C. (2007) Making sense of middle leadership: community, power and practice, School Leadership and Management. Vol. 27, No. 5, pp. 405-422
Hammersley-Fletcher, L. and Brundrett, M. (2005) Leaders on leadership: the impressions of primary school head teachers and subject leaders. School Leadership and Management. Vol. 27, No. 5, pp. 423-435
Wellcome Trust (2017) 'State of the nation' report of UK primary science education. CFE research. London.

Chaired by Jane Turner

Chair
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Jane Turner

Director, Primary Science Quality Mark

Speakers
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Clare Warren

PhD Student, PSQM Hub Leader, PSQM


Thursday June 6, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Sidlaw Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

3:45pm

Outdoor learning
Limited Capacity full

Overview
Would you like to get outdoors more with your children and develop your understanding of the benefits of outdoor learning? This seminar brings together experienced practitioners who will share resources and effective pedagogy for outdoor learning that could be immediately put into practice within your own school environment. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion to support the development of outdoor learning within your own school grounds and beyond.

Talk 1 - Jeannette Morgan
Using the outcomes of the project ‘Let’s Go! Science Trails’, Jeannette will outline the benefits of taking children outdoors to learn science. The principles behind these science trails, and the new ‘Let’s Go! STEM Trails’ will be explored with reference to particular trails and the impact on learning associated with them.

Talk 2 - Nicky Collins
Nicky will describe the process of creating a science trail, using an example of one based on the seashore. She will discuss this trail and consider the science learning opportunities that can be provided through the seashore and other natural environments inclduing the school grounds in her own school. Having taken part in a Bioblitz, where children and parents had the opportunity to work with marine biologists, Nicky will also describe her experiences of studying the biodiversity of an area and to consider how this model could be applied in a school setting. She will share weblinks and other relevant material that could help teachers organise their own Bioblitz or become involved in a Bioblitz being run in their area. Her talk will consider which science objectives can be taught through this type of activity.

Talk 3 - Leigh Hoath
Much of the existing published work focusing on the outdoors relates to the children’s learning. Teachers often however talk of children’s behaviour being different or the challenges to managing the classroom outside. Leigh will discuss what an effective pedagogy for the outdoor setting looks like and the theoretical underpinnings of this. Her talk will suggest that in order to support children’s learning beyond the classroom the teachers’ teaching should be a priority in terms of adjusting practice and approaches.

Chaired by Katherine Forsey

Chair
avatar for Dr Katherine Forsey

Dr Katherine Forsey

Learning Rooms & STEM Consultant, Gratnells Learning Rooms
Gratnells Learning Rooms - What's In My TrayDr Katherine Forsey is the Learning Rooms & STEM Consultant at Gratnells. Katherine leads the creation of What’s In My Tray activities for Gratnells, delivers interactive training and workshops at education conferences across the UK and... Read More →

Speakers
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Nicky Collins

science coordinator, Yealmpton Primary School
I have been teaching at Yealmpton Primary School for 7 years as a specialist science teacher and have experience of teaching all year groups including Foundation Stage.I am currently teaching a year 5 class. I became a fellow of PSTT in 2015.I run extra-curricular clubs in school... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Harris 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

3:45pm

Reviewing your practice from different perspectives
Limited Capacity seats available

Overview - Talks presented by Sarah Frodsham and Clarysly Deller

This seminar will focus on three different ways to gather data that can be used to assess the nature of impact teaching has on learning within a lesson teaching about evolution. However, the research instruments that will be considered include questionnaires; observations and interviews that could be applied to any lesson. There will be video clips that can be observed that will provide raw data. The ways that these three different kinds of research tools can be used to gather evidence to inform practice will be demonstrated. The wide range of data it is possible to collect with these tools will also be shared for participants to consider. The seminar will also give the opportunity to engage in some of the processes of analysis to 'see' how judgements about the impact of teaching on learning can be made. This could be useful for anyone interested in (1) engaging in action research (McGregor & Woodhouse 2015; Woodhouse & McGregor 2015; 2016) focused on improving practice, (2) consideration of the ways that challenging ideas (in this case evolution) in science can be addressed, and (3) reflecting on ways (McGregor & Cartwright 2011) to develop others' practice.

Chaired by Kendra McMahon

References
McGregor, D. and Cartwright, L. (Eds) (2011) Developing Reflective Practice: A handbook for Beginning Teachers. 301 pp Buckingham : Open University Press
Woodhouse, F. and McGregor, D. (2016) Action Research in the classroom 3 : Suggestions about collecting data in everyday science classroom situations. Education in Science. 263 p. 32- 33
Woodhouse, F. and McGregor, D. (2015) Action Research in the classroom 2 : Preparing to collect data. Education in Science. 261 p, 30 – 31 McGregor, D. and Woodhouse, F. (2015) Action Research in the classroom 1 : Introducing Action Research for Science teachers. Education In Science. 260 p. 30 – 31

Chair
KM

Kendra McMahon

Bath Spa University

Speakers
avatar for Clarysly Deller

Clarysly Deller

Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
PSTT award winner 2012-2013Previous primary science teacher and educatorSenior lecturer in Primary Science Education at MMUResearch involvement in using drama techniques to teach science and creative practice.
avatar for Sarah Frodsham

Sarah Frodsham

Oxford Brookes University


Thursday June 6, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Carrick 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

5:00pm

PSTT Networking Event with Drinks
Limited Capacity seats available

Please join us from 5 – 6.30 for an engaging and interactive series of thought-provoking activities designed to help you reflect on your teaching practice, connect with like-minded colleagues and generate some real excitement for creative science pedagogy. Enjoy a complimentary drink, browse the exhibition, meet with old friends and new and pick up a free raffle ticket – there are many prizes to be won!


Thursday June 6, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Cromdale Hall Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

7:00pm

The Primary Science Teacher Awards (PSTA) Dinner - Tickets available!
Limited Capacity seats available


PSEC will host the PSTA ceremony at Edinburgh's prestigious science venue: Dynamic Earth. 

Join us to celebrate outstanding teachers and enjoy a three course meal with wine and a tour of Dynamic Earth.  This awards dinner will celebrate the winners of our 2018 Primary Science Teacher Awards. The awards are given to outstanding classroom teachers who demonstrate innovative and creative practice, and who support colleagues in and beyond their own schools. We warmly welcome all conference attendees and participating organisations to this dinner, and you can purchase an exclusive ticket via Eventbrite. 

Your ticket includes:
  • A welcome drink on arrival
  • A tour of the interactive galleries at Dynamic Earth
  • A three-course meal with a glass of wine
  • After dinner entertainment.
Tables at the awards dinner will be arranged in groups of between 10 and 12. If you are coming with a party, and you wish to reserve a full table, then please select this option on Eventbrite. You will receive a 10% discount on all tickets when you do so.


Thursday June 6, 2019 7:00pm - 11:30pm
Dynamic Earth Address: Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8AS
 
Friday, June 7
 

9:00am

Keynote Talk - The Surprisingly Logical Minds of Babies
Limited Capacity seats available

By the time children are five years-old, they have solved all the hard problems of cognitive science: problems of face recognition, natural scene understanding, motor planning, navigation, number understanding, causal reasoning, language acquisition, understanding others’ thoughts, desires, and feelings, and understanding right and wrong.  The rapidity, robustness, and flexibility of children’s learning exceeds anything mastered by our most powerful artificial intelligence systems – and yet children achieve this remarkable learning while they appear to be busy climbing on jungle gyms, playing with blocks, and talking to stuffed animals.  Here I will talk about children’s remarkable ability to draw rich, abstract inferences from sparse data – and the puzzling gap between our formal theories of learning and the actual behavior of our most powerful learners.  I will point to the ways that children’s play has provided insight into the ways that they learn (and the many mysteries that remain), and I will show experiments looking at the relationship between uncertainty and children’s exploratory play, and trade-offs between exploration and instruction.  In the second part of the talk, I will discuss how children deploy some of their remarkable learning abilities to reason about their own and others’ goals, abilities, and emotions.  I will also introduce a new, open source, online developmental laboratory (Lookit!), which has the potential to expand both the questions we ask and the populations we reach.  I’ll end with some thoughts about what cognitive science has to offer education – and more importantly, the ways that educators might help transform the practice of cognitive science.  Finally, time allowing, I’ll show a few cartoons.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Schulz

Laura Schulz

Professor of Cognitive Science, MIT
Laura Schulz is a Professor of Cognitive Science in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. She received her BA (in philosophy) from the University of Michigan in 1992 and spent seven years working in experiential and alternative education, primarily in Oregon. She... Read More →


11:15am

Early years and creativity
Limited Capacity seats available

This talk will provide an introduction to curriculum and training materials produced by the EU funded project Creativity in Early Years Science (2014-1017) designed to support creative, inquiry-based approaches to early years science (children aged 3-8). It will include an overview of ways in which project materials were developed through partnerships between researchers, teachers, teacher educators and school leaders. Participants will be involved in discussion and practical activities to explore the nature of creative, inquiry-based approaches to learning and teaching. They will share classroom examples that illustrate both opportunities and challenges in fostering young children’s creativity in science.

Speakers
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Esme Glauert

UCL Institute of Education
Dr Esmé Glauert has extensive experience of early years and primary education through her previous work as a teacher and school adviser in London, her current roles as a teacher educator supporting both beginning and experienced teachers on teacher education, Masters and Doctoral... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm
Fintry Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

11:15am

The brain and learning: what do teaching professionals really need to know?
Limited Capacity seats available

We hear a lot about the brain and learning these days. How can we know what is true and how can we know what is useful to primary science education? This interactive talk will give an overview of what is known, how it is known, and what is still a mystery! We value science, but in education we value other things too - how can we use the science of learning in ways that we think are right? A primary science educator and neuropsychologist bring their perspectives together to discuss these issues with the audience.

Speakers
KM

Kendra McMahon

Bath Spa University


Friday June 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm
Carrick 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

11:15am

Towards developing a model to address the crisis of teaching and learning in science in South African schools
Limited Capacity seats available

The poor results of learners in science and mathematics at schools in South Africa have been a point of debate for many decades. This paper reports on an outreach project delivered by the University of the Western Cape’s Science Learning Centre to improve science teaching and learning in schools. This project serves to address the science education dilemma through a number of developmental stages. The first stage of the project involves the training of both primary and secondary science teachers to be confident, effective and efficient propagators of the science curriculum. The second stage involves providing opportunities for learners to engage with science and mathematics activities. The third stage to science development involves the construction of a science laboratory called a UWC science learning centre. The construction of a science learning centre provides the teachers and learners with a creative space in which the teaching and learning of science and mathematics can be harnessed.

Speakers

Friday June 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm
Ochil 3 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

11:15am

Exploring Chemistry in SEND Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

SEND School teachers told me they needed free, simple, hands-on, adaptable science lesson plans which were also easy to prepare and low cost. So I wrote some, with the help of funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry and the input of classroom staff and pupils. Together we have created a booklet of six hands-on chemistry lessons for use throughout mixed-ability SEND schools and in mainstream primary schools. Come along to get a copy of the lessons and to test some for yourself. Be prepared to get your hands in something squishy!

Speakers
avatar for Dr Sarah Bearchell

Dr Sarah Bearchell

Sarah's Adventures in Science
I'm a freelancer, working as Sarah's Adventures in Science. I develop and deliver hands-on sessions for schools and science festivals. Most of my work is in mainstream schools but it is all informed by the work I do in SEND schools. By increasing the sensory aspect of science I believe... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm
Cromdale Hall Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range All

11:15am

Smelly Science
Limited Capacity full

Actually, there's very little Lego involved! It's 150 years since the development of the periodic table. Although we provide children with maps of what the world looks like, we often hold off before a child experiences this 'map' of the building blocks of the entire universe! Frequently, the periodic table is stuck into the secondary science book with the expectation that they'll just 'get it'. This workshop will try to encourage an elementary (pun intended) understanding of the elements and the periodic table at primary school level. Most definitely NOT for chemistry geeks - but they're welcome too!

The workshop will outline the science behind smell and fragrances, and afford the opportunity for teachers to touch upon the stages required to design and blend their own fragrance. The purpose is to upskill teachers and others so they can talk effectively and correctly about this interesting topic to their children. The small bottle of fragrance produced will be available to be taken away with the course delegate. Delegates will need to bring a small bottle of water with them.

Speakers
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Tim Harrison

Tim HarrisonTim Harrison FRSC CChem, MRSB, MRSSa is the first School Teacher Fellow at Bristol ChemLabS., University of Bristol. He is also a Reader in Chemistry, the Science Communicator in Residence and Director of Outreach.Prior to this he has been a Head of Chemistry and Science College Director. Tim has taught chemistry for more than 38 years and his work is... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm
Ochil 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 7-11

11:15am

SunSpaceArt - inspiring children and igniting their scientific curiosity
Limited Capacity filling up

The SunSpaceArt project brings together scientists and artists to run workshops in primary schools (7-11 year olds). The project, funded by STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council), is led by Dr Helen Mason OBE. The feedback has been excellent from teachers and children, e.g. 'Today I loved this lesson because the science and art inspired me'. The resources link closely to the Science National Curriculum. Through these creative STEAM activities, the children have produced impressive, original, imaginative and beautiful art that communicates a deeper understanding of the Sun, the solar system, space travel, polar science and 'Our Place in the Universe'.

Speakers
avatar for Dr Helen E. Mason

Dr Helen E. Mason

Reader in Solar Physics, University of Cambridge
Dr Helen Mason leads the STFC funded 'SunSpaceArt' project, a team of visual artists and scientists who run workshops in schools (upper primary and lower secondary). The aim is to ignite the children's imagination and to produce creative art work, which reinforces their science learning... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm
Ochil 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

11:15am

Tailoring science learning to be suitable to the additional support needs of children with learning difficulties
Limited Capacity filling up

Learning difficulties such as those associated with autism, ADHD, and DCD are very common with one in every five children affected. Children with these conditions show characteristic profiles in language, cognition, motor learning, sensory processing and anxiety that impact how they learn academic subjects including science. This workshop will explore the typical profiles children with one or more of these conditions have in relation to learning science. The workshop will have a strong practical focus with participants working through case examples in small groups. Guidance will be provided for tailoring teaching to meet the additional support needs of these children.

Speakers

Friday June 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm
Moorfoot Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 7-11

11:15am

The ASE PLAN resources
Limited Capacity filling up

The ASE’s PLAN resources have been developed to support teachers to confidently assess the knowledge content of the English national curriculum. The resource contains planning sheets and collections of evidence to show how teachers have supported children to become secure. The PLAN team are continuously working on new collections which can be used flexibly in schools for planning, assessment, moderation and CPD. This workshop will ensure participants are familiar with the full range of resources available and have time to share how they have used them or reflect on how they could be used in their schools.

Speakers
avatar for Naomi Hiscock

Naomi Hiscock

Primary Science Education Consultant, Primary Science Education Consultancy


Friday June 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm
Harris 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 7-11

11:15am

Two for One! This session will include two half hour workshops
Limited Capacity filling up

Michele Grimshaw - Swinging Sixties Science
The Space Race, World Cup Final, flavoured crisps and heart transplants. These are some of the topics fuelled by historical events of the 1960s which can be used to inspire teachers' and their pupils to discover more about this era whilst linking to the science curriculum for upper KS2. A practical workshop with suggestions for investigations and also ideas for linking different writing genres and speaking and listening activities.

Target age range: 7-11

Kathy Schofield - Where the Great Fire of London meets Science Enquiry
Health and Hygiene in 1666; an interactive workshop outlining a programme of investigations linked to the Great Fire of London. From decaying food to cleaning teeth this workshop will provide teachers with a wealth of ideas to help bring 1666 and Stuarts to life through science related to the children's everyday experiences. Participants will experience first-hand investigations via a carousel of activities linked to boats, spread of diseases, the combustion triangle and teeth. Plus they will leave with copies of other investigations to try out back at school.

Target age range: 4-11

Co-presented by Naomi Shallcross

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Schofield

Kathy Schofield

Area Mentor for NI, Primary Science Teaching Trust
I look after 21 outstanding teachers of Primary Science in NI, talk to me about how PSTT can help your school deliver Science.


Friday June 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm
Harris 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

11:15am

Two for One! This session will include two half hour workshops
Limited Capacity filling up

Pedro Zany Caldeira and Ana Paula Bossler - Can you tell who's more creative than me?
The participants will be challenged to make three drawings. The drawings will correspond to three different challenges. According to our experience, the answer to each of these challenges will be relatively diverse: some drawings will be relatively common, while others will be very resourceful. The ingenuity of the answers will correspond to different degrees of creativity. Later on typical drawings of children from 9 to 11 years of age will be presented and compared to the drawings made by the participants of our presentation: The drawings of the participants will be much more creative than the drawings of the children.

Anthony Artist - Origami science
Teach science with minimal resources! All schools have paper, so why not put it to good use and teach science through origami? During the workshop, participants will create a penguin, fly, food chain, fortune teller, and samurai helmet. Teachers will experience how creating simple objects using nothing more than folded paper can support student learning across Years 1 to 4. This workshop will provide teachers with practical ideas that link to a variety of programmes of study, such as identifying animals, food chains, animal offspring, functions of flowering plants, and grouping and classifying living things and objects.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Artist

Anthony Artist

Primary science subject leader, ACS Cobham International School
I love teaching science! I endeavour to include a hands-on element in every lesson, and aim to make the activities engaging, relevant and connected to student interests. In my spare time, I enjoy writing and contributing science articles for the European Council of International... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm
Carrick 3 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

11:15am

Children's Scientific Questioning - are we nearly there yet
Limited Capacity full

Overview
This seminar project spotlights the scientific skill of child-led questioning. Wellcome (2017) suggest that child-led and child-designed investigations are undertaken ‘occasionally’ or ‘never’ in 47% of schools. Children’s question posing and devising investigations to answer them has been the basis of curriculum reform since Science 5/13 (1972). Although an intention in many curricula, evidence suggests that children still have limited opportunity for such activity (Biddulph, 1986; OFSTED 2013) Systematic evaluation of classroom-based science teaching and learning, drawn from SEERIH's (University of Manchester) Deep Dives Project (2013-current) offers strong evidence of need for a power-shift in primary classrooms as the flow of talk in the classroom is predominantly directed by the teacher and based on their levels of confidence, interests, and that which links most directly to pre-prepared resources and worksheets. Children’s ideas and questions are rarely authentically elicited and responded to as drivers for scientific investigations (OFSTED 2013). Recent evidence from the 'Great Science Share for Schools' national campaign showed that this offered increased opportunity for children to investigate their own scientific questions. The seminar explores current learning, experience and challenges to adopting this pedagogy in the primary classroom.

Talk 1 Dr Lynne Bianchi 
This introductory talk will explore the issue of child-led learning from a constructivist theoretical perspective. Drawing on a range of academic and professional publications, including that focusing on wonder-filled science education (Bianchi, 2013a and 2013b) as well as evidence drawn from direct experience working with in-service teachers on 'Deep Dives', the talk will set the scene - including perspectives, issues and challenges arising from this approach. 

Talk 2 -  Dr Amy Bonsall
This talk will focus on reviewing four principle papers guiding the research and development study into children’s scientific questioning. These papers form the basis for the QuSmart 2-year project, funded by the Primary Science Teaching Trust, and lead by SEERIH at The University of Manchester. In particular, this talk explains the themes emergent from these papers and also the process through which practitioners have been supported to engage with research in the development of practice.

Talk 3 - Bryony Turford
In this talk, the issues and practicalities of exploiting child-led questions, and the means by which to 'build' or develop them is explored in a hands-on way.  Participants will be invited to draw alignment with the approach and the national curriuclar.  This third talk in the seminar challenges us to think how a child-centred approach to scientific questioning can be taken from theory to practice prompting participants to discuss and consider the potential pedagogic and assessment implications.


Chaired by Sue Luke

References
BIANCHI L (2013a) 'The keys to Wonder-rich Science Learning' in: EGAN K (Eds) Wonder-full Education, Imaginative Education Research Group, Vancouver with Open University Press. BIANCHI L (2013b), Working Wonders, Primary Science Journal, Association for Science Education, May/June, 128, 19-22) DEEP DIVES, Science & Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub Professional Learning Programme, http://www.fascinate.manchester.ac.uk OFSTED (2013) Maintaining Curiosity: A Survey into Science Education in Schools, https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/379164/Maintaining_20curiosity_20a_20survey_20into_20science_20education_20in_20schools.pdf WELLCOME TRUST (2017) State of the Nation Report of UK Primary Science Education, https://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/education/research/aspires/ASPIRES-final-report-December-2013.pdf

Chair
Speakers
avatar for Dr Amy Bonsall

Dr Amy Bonsall

SEERIH Research Associate, The University of Manchester
I am a research associate working with Dr Lynne Bianchi at SEERIH, part of The University of Manchester. We research and innovate within the field of science and engineering education.
avatar for Dr Lynne Bianchi

Dr Lynne Bianchi

SEERIH Director, SEERIH, University of Manchester
Primary Science & Engineering Education. Professional Development & Learning. Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities. Teacher Leadership. Great Science Share
avatar for Bryony Turford

Bryony Turford

Founder and Director, Primary Science Geeks


Friday June 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm
Tinto Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

11:15am

Primary science capital: a whole school teaching approach
Limited Capacity seats available

Overview 
The concept of science capital is a way of encapsulating all the science related knowledge, attitudes, experiences and social contacts that an individual may have. To help more students engage with science, the Science Capital Teaching Approach builds on good teaching practice. Professor Louise Archer will give an introduction to science capital and the Science Capital Teaching Approach which, to date, has been secondary focussed. Paul Tyler will share experiences of developing science capital at Mearns Primary in Glasgow and Ruth Shallcross will share experiences of working with diverse schools across London and the South East. The session will explore some of the nuances of developing science capital in a primary setting ahead of the UCL & Kings KCL Research and Development Project funded by The Primary Science Teaching Trust and The Ogden Trust Project.
 
Chaired by Louise Stubberfield 

Chair
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Louise Stubberfield

Programme Manager, Wellcome Trust
I am the programme manager for Primary Science at Wellcome. This includes Explorify - our free resource of engaging, creative science activities for primary school learning that has been designed to stimulate curiosity, discussion and debate.

Speakers
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Ruth Shallcross

PSTT Regional Mentor, Primary Science Teaching Trust
Ruth Shallcross has been a Fellow of the Primary Science Teacher College since 2013. During her teaching career she has worked in three North London schools each with a contrasting pupil demographic. She has held a number of roles: class teacher, subject leader and most recently Assistant... Read More →
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Paul Tyler

Class Teacher, Mearns Primary School, PSTT
Primary school teacher and Science Coordinator in a large primary school just outside Glasgow.Interested in all things primary science, Science Capital transitions to secondary and anything to do with Topical Science and Citizen Science.I produce a monthly Topical Science Update which... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm
Sidlaw Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

12:30pm

The PSTT Children’s Conference at PSEC: presentation of climate change projects
Limited Capacity seats available

The PSTT Children’s Conference at PSEC will be in the Strathblane hall on Friday 7th June. Groups of children from 20 primary schools will be presenting their science projects based on a climate change issue local to them. Delegates can come and talk to the children about their work at any time over lunchtime. This is also a delegate option for session 4 at 13.30 (up to 14.15).

Friday June 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Strathblane Hall

12:30pm

Milk - and all the good things milk is "responsible" for
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and find out how to make butter, buttermilk, curd cheese and whey quickly and easily in a way that is highly fascinating for children? Leena will show you how children can learn how versatile milk is, what products are made from it and that it can be found in many foods -- even in those where you would not expect it at first glance. Using special work sheets without text, means that the project can be done in the early years.

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Friday June 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
A28 - Cromdale Hall

12:30pm

Origami Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Teach science with minimal resources! All schools have paper, so why not put it to good use and teach science through origami? Come and have a go at creating a penguin, fly, food chain, fortune teller, or samurai helmet and learn more about how using nothing more than folded paper can support children’s learning in a variety of programmes of study, such as identifying animals, food chains, animal offspring, functions of flowering plants, and grouping and classifying living things and objects.

Speakers
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Anthony Artist

Primary science subject leader, ACS Cobham International School
I love teaching science! I endeavour to include a hands-on element in every lesson, and aim to make the activities engaging, relevant and connected to student interests. In my spare time, I enjoy writing and contributing science articles for the European Council of International... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
A28 - Cromdale Hall

12:30pm

Practical ideas for EYFS
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and find out more about using stories in EYFS as a basis for practical, adult-led activities that encourage children to investigate, work scientifically and use simple scientific vocabulary.

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Friday June 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
A28 - Cromdale Hall

12:30pm

STEMaStory
Limited Capacity seats available

STEMaStory uses books and texts as a context to deliver practical interdisciplinary STEM activities which develop scientific enquiry skills all whilst being easy to resource and aligned to the curriculum. Come and see some practical activities, supported by task cards, which can be used in a variety of ways in the classroom.

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Friday June 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
A28 - Cromdale Hall

1:30pm

The PSTT Children’s Conference at PSEC: presentation of climate change projects
Limited Capacity seats available

The PSTT Children’s Conference at PSEC will be in the Strathblane Hall on Friday 7th June. Groups of children from 20 primary schools will be presenting their science projects based on a climate change issue local to them. Delegates can come and talk to the children about their work at any time during session 4 from 1.30 up to 2.15. There is also the option to visit the Children's Conference over the lunchtime on Friday. 

Friday June 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Strathblane Hall

1:30pm

Right from the start: Play, relationships and learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Giving children the best start in life and preparing them to take life’s opportunities and deal with its challenges is central to what all of us in education, child care and health services aspire to achieve. To help children to learn, but also to develop as people, requires us to grapple with evidence and to focus on what are the best ways for children to learn and develop.

In this talk I will present evidence assessing the role that play and relationships have in child development - right from the start of life. This includes during pregnancy and into the postnatal period, where the quality of early play-based interactions of mother, fathers and their infants predict a range of later outcomes for children, including important aspects of their cognitive development and emotional and social development. I hope to make the case that finding the right place for play is critical for all aspects of children's development.

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Friday June 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Sidlaw Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

1:30pm

The Importance of Excellent Storytelling in Science (with a focus on the KS2 topic of Evolution)
Limited Capacity full

Novels, picture books and oral stories can all provide a context for science learning, but what makes an excellent science story? How can non-fiction be used in the same way as a narrative? How can we best use stories to engage primary children (and their teachers) in science? This interactive session, with some take-home ideas for use in the primary classroom, will answer some of these questions. Jules will also showcase a new picture book, developed with illustrator and primary science teacher Rufus Cooper on the topic of evolution and show how this book can be used with KS2 children.

Speakers
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Jules Pottle

Jules Pottle
I'm an experienced Primary Science Specialist Teacher. I work part-time in a local primary school and part-time as a teacher trainer providing INSET sessions across the country. I also write books to help teachers use oral stories and books in their science lessons to improve engagement... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Tinto Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

1:30pm

There is No Planet B: Listen to the children - they want to make a difference
Limited Capacity seats available

This talk presents both the student and teacher voice as the narrative of an organic teaching and learning intervention that sought to seamlessly integrate science, mathematics, literacy and technology into a blended learning schools generic inquiry programme. Rationales for the changes to both teacher and children’s learning roles and core conceptual ideas are identified and discussed as exemplars of the children learning scientifically are shared and discussed.

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Ian Milne

Primary Teacher, Marshall Laing Primary School
I am a primary science educator and teacher and Grandad who started teaching in 1969 and is still teaching three days a week 50 years later. I am fortunate enough to still view nature through a childlike lens. I treasure the wonder that arises from my and the children's direct experiences... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Fintry Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

1:30pm

Bringing the wonder of the Jurassic Coast to your classroom
Limited Capacity full

Have you ever wished that you lived closer to the Jurassic Coast so that you could inspire children to learn about rocks and fossils? In this practical workshop you will try out some of the activities from the FREE Big Jurassic Classroom resources which will not only support you to deliver high quality teaching and learning but also help you to make the most of your own locality. Find out how to borrow the new Rocks and Fossil Boxes from the Jurassic Coast Trust and make creative Cross-Curricular links in Literacy, Numeracy, Geography and Art and Design.

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Friday June 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Harris 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 7-11

1:30pm

Engaging learners through cross-curricular real life problems
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Join Josh & Jennie from the NFU Education team in dreaming up your own Great British food start up. While you cook and taste test your first ever product, they will guide you through their new cross-curricular project-based STEM scheme of work that uses real life problems faced by the nation’s farmers and business owners as engaging contexts for learning. Expect a session of ideas for exciting practical activities and projects and a free scheme of teaching and learning resources, allowing you to infuse your wider curriculum with engaging STEM learning opportunities.

Speakers
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Jennie Devine

National Farmers' Union (NFU)
Until August 2018, I was an upper key stage 2 teacher and Maths leader at a large primary school. I have now joined the NFU Education team and I am very excited to be launching our new range of project-based schemes of STEM teaching: Farming STEMterprise.BENEFITS OF FARMING STEMTERPRISE:• High... Read More →
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Josh Payne

Education Manager, National Farmers' Union (NFU)
I'm the Education Manager for the National Farmers Union. After leaving teaching in 2013, I embarked on a career in STEM outreach.My most recent role, before joining the NFU, was Major Projects and Development Manager at the STEM charity The Smallpeice Trust, working with partners... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Cromdale Hall Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

1:30pm

Help! How can I get more science into my teaching?
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A hands-on fast-paced session to help you get the most out of a completely free digital resource, Explorify, from Wellcome. There's never enough time in the timetable, so how can we support children to apply their learning in different contexts and show them that science is all around them, as well as developing much needed highly transferable skills? This interactive session will help you understand how Explorify's easy-to-use activities can help you and your colleagues deliver great science, and develop much needed thinking and communication skills along the way. You’ll enhance your teaching, and your pupils will love it too!

Speakers
avatar for Louise Stubberfield

Louise Stubberfield

Programme Manager, Wellcome Trust
I am the programme manager for Primary Science at Wellcome. This includes Explorify - our free resource of engaging, creative science activities for primary school learning that has been designed to stimulate curiosity, discussion and debate.


Friday June 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Carrick 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

1:30pm

Linking Science and Literacy for Improved Student Outcomes
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Come explore strategies for linking science and literacy that support students’ abilities to read, write, and discuss in the context of science and inquiry-based learning using fiction and non-fiction texts. Hands-on examples of how science supports literacy and literacy supports science will be used.

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Bill Badders

Ex-President, NSTA


Friday June 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Ochil 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

1:30pm

Literacy in Science - A National Literacy Trust workshop
Limited Capacity full

EEF/Royal Society research published in 2017 found that the strongest factor affecting pupil achievement in science was understanding scientific vocabulary and written texts. This workshop uses evidence-based research to investigate effective literacy strategies for teaching and learning in science. Participants will explore a toolkit of resources to support direct teaching of subject - specific vocabulary and ways of reading non- fiction science texts. All teaching and learning approaches will focus on key scientific text types, supporting teachers to deconstruct, annotate and create useful models of science information reports, explanations and comparisons.

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Catharine Driver

National Literacy Trust
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Ruth Shallcross

PSTT Regional Mentor, Primary Science Teaching Trust
Ruth Shallcross has been a Fellow of the Primary Science Teacher College since 2013. During her teaching career she has worked in three North London schools each with a contrasting pupil demographic. She has held a number of roles: class teacher, subject leader and most recently Assistant... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Kilsyth Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

1:30pm

Science in my pocket
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Science in My Pocket is a set of structured activities for primary school teaching assistants to use with individual children who for whatever reason need to leave the classroom. The workshop aims to practically share with you some of the materials and examine the research and the outcome of trials in a variety of school settings. You will see how the materials aims to help children to develop the personal skills and habits of mind to enable them to be self-regulating and motivated learners. To use engagement with science to help deal with their own emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. Like the children you will explore science concepts through small focused practical activities. The workshop will demonstrate how the materials support teaching assistants to develop new strategies to work on a one-to-one basis with children in their care whose emotional/behavioural difficulties prevent them from accessing the curriculum in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Nina Spilsbury

Nina Spilsbury

Area Mentor, Primary Science Teaching Trust
Nina Spilsbury has over 40 years’ experience of teaching, including Nursery to Secondary, working in both the West and East Midlands. Until recently she was a Senior Teacher at the Malcolm Sargent Primary School, Stamford responsible for Science and the Key Stage 1 co-ordinator... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Ochil 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

1:30pm

Science out of the Box
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East Ayrshire Learning Outdoors Support Team have developed a set of 6 Science boxes to help Primary Teachers take their Science lessons outdoors. The strands covered at three levels are; Biodiversity, Forces, Space, Vibrations and Waves, Senses and Properties and use of materials. Each box contains a set of resources and lessons plans. The worksheet will be a practical, hands on session where you will get a chance to try out many of the resources and also be able to discuss the scientific ideas behind each of the lessons.


Friday June 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Harris 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 7-11

1:30pm

The Universe is made of Lego! The elements and the Periodic Table at Primary School
Limited Capacity seats available

Actually, there's very little Lego involved! It's 150 years since the development of the periodic table. Although we provide children with maps of what the world looks like, we often hold off before a child experiences this 'map' of the building blocks of the entire universe! Frequently, the periodic table is stuck into the secondary science book with the expectation that they'll just 'get it'. This workshop will try to encourage an elementary (pun intended) understanding of the elements and the periodic table at primary school level. Most definitely NOT for chemistry geeks - but they're welcome too!

Speakers
avatar for John Sandford

John Sandford

After accidentally studying chemistry at university, I entered primary school teaching nearly 30 years ago. The past nine have been spent as a Vice Principal at Andrews Memorial PS in Northern Ireland. I've been a PSTT Fellow since 2013 and I'm a member of the NI Committee of the... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Moorfoot Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 7-11

1:30pm

Supporting teachers as professionals
Limited Capacity seats available

Talk 1- Sue Marks
As research enlightens us as to the processes of learning, making memories, learning engagement, short term to long term memory transfer, memory recall and much else, we are challenged to reflect upon and consider together, as professionals, the effect of our classroom approaches to teaching and learning. Research notes the importance of prior learning and the use of stories to provide chronology and context to new learning as key strategies for successfully embedding memories and retaining learning. Whilst the ‘super factor’ of Collective Teacher Efficacy, also suggests that when teachers are united in their desire to continuously improve their professional performance and develop as a collective, they offer their pupils the best opportunities for learning. The Primary Science Teaching Trust embodies this philosophy providing opportunities for the sharing of effective strategies and engagement in open discourse to continually reflect upon and improve our professional practice together.

Talk 2 - Dr Lynne Bianchi
Lynne will draw on her extensive experience of designing, delivering and evaluating professional development for science subject leaders to share ideas for supporting teachers. Focusing on the Trajectory of Profressional Development (TOPD), she will consider the way in which it is used as a reflective and planning tool with teachers and senior leaders. Where time is precious and CPD opporutnities even more prized, it is essential that professional learning has the greatest impact and to do this we must have strategies that can guide the creation and deliver of the right CPD for the right teacher at the right time on the right issue.

We are sorry but George Walsh is no longer able to attend PSEC due to personal circumstances. The session will still run with the talk by Sue Marks and instead of the talk by George Walsh, Dr Lynne Bianchi will also give an input about progression in collaborative professional learning. This will then be followed by the question and answer session and discussion as planned.

Chaired by Lynne Bianchi

Speakers
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Dr Lynne Bianchi

SEERIH Director, SEERIH, University of Manchester
Primary Science & Engineering Education. Professional Development & Learning. Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities. Teacher Leadership. Great Science Share


Friday June 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Carrick 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

1:30pm

Understanding children better to support progress in their learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Talk 1 - Zoe Crompton
This seminar considers children’s interest in science and nature, illustrated by data from one case study child. The evidence is drawn from a larger qualitative study that tracks a group of eight children’s emerging interest in science from the age of 5 to 7 years old. The purpose of the study is to gain a greater understanding of the ways in which children express their interest in science. Using a creative multi-method tool to collect data, I have viewed a child’s world through a number of different windows – the child’s own words and actions, and the words of her parents and teaching staff. Findings suggest that there is a mismatch between adults’ perceptions of a child’s interests and the child’s self-perception, which has implications for early years practice.

Talk 2 - Craig Martin
This interactive talk (requiring audience participation) will explore ways of assessing children's argumentation - reasoning skills - within a socio-scientific context. Through a number of practical examples, together we will explore the ModTAP Analytical Framework as a tool for assessing children's understanding of the world around them. The use of the framework allows classroom practitioners to ascertain individual/group levels of knowledge and understanding, which guides appropriate differentiated teaching, leading to up-levelling of the children's socio-scientific reasoning skills. This interactive talk will provide an insight into ways to discretely raise attainment not only in S.T.E.M based subjects but across the curriculum.

Chaired by Jo Moore

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Jo Moore

ICT and Science Development and Practice Leader, Vittoria Primary School
I teach Science and ICT at Vittoria Primary School in Islington, London. I am a fellow of the PSTT and an ASE member. @ScienceVittoria

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Friday June 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Ochil 3 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

3:30pm

Creative approaches in primary science
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Talk 1  - Sarah Frodsham
This paper focuses on the development of creative thinking within primary school. More specifically, it examines the ways in which teachers engage with children to promote creativity-in-science-lessons. Teachers, recognised as ‘creative’ by national agencies, were observed. It became apparent they shared characteristics which could be illustrated. For example, three aspects of creative practice (namely, verbal interactions, autonomy and risk-taking) can be assimilated on a minute-by-minute basis to develop visual interpretations of the extent of creativity. Additionally, an events map can illustrate the detail of creative enactments by chronologically displaying activities, actions and pupil responses to teacher's questions and instructions. The ways that children verbally interact can also be examined and represented in a diagram. This presentation, therefore, offers three graphical illustrations created from analysing one science lesson, using the three analytical frameworks outlined above. It highlights how different analytical approaches can illuminate the many ways a teacher can nurture creativity-in-science.

Talk 2 – Rufus Cooper
How can we encourage and support children to be more creative learners in their science lessons? Rufus will share his experience and strategies for setting up a creative learning environment.

Talk 3 - John McCullagh and Andrea Doherty, Stranmillis University College Belfast
Promoting a playful approach to science within teacher education. This presentation will report on the latest outcomes of the ‘Playful Approaches to Science’ (PATS) project and provide examples of how a playful theme or narrative can enhance pupil engagement and learning.  Examples from popular science topics will be used to show how to plan, facilitate and assess pupil learning and explore the relationship between play and science enquiry. This coupling of playfulness with scientific exploration offers incredible potential to address the challenges of relevance, accessibility and progression within our science curriculum. The presentation will also report on the impact of the project on the current and future practice of participating in-service and pre-service teachers.

Chaired by Esme Glauert

References

Davies, D. and McGregor, D. (2017) Teaching science creatively. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.
DeHaan, R.L. (2009) ‘Teaching creativity and inventive problem solving in science’, CBE – Life Sciences Education, 8, pp. 172-181.
Frodsham, S. (2018) Demonstrating Creativity-in-Learning Through Classroom Talk: Towards A Fresh Theoretical Framework. BERA conference. 13th September 2018
Frodsham, S. (2017) Evidencing Creativity in Talk: Toward a Fresh Theoretical Framework. Poster presentation at Association for Science Education (ASE) Annual Conference. January 11th 2017.
Frodsham, S. (2016a) Interpreting pedagogical practices (concerning creativity) through visual representations of primary science lessons. Poster presentation at ASE Annual Conference. January 9th 2016.
Frodsham, S. (2016b) Generating representations of creativity in the primary science classroom. BERA conference. 14th September 2016.
Frodsham, S. (2015a) Interpreting teacher observations (concerning creativity) through visual representations. Poster presentation at ASE Annual Conference. January 10th 2015.
Frodsham, S. (2015b) Interpreting pedagogical practices (concerning creativity) through visual representations of primary science lessons. ESERA conference. August 31st 2015.
Frodsham, S. (2015c) Interpreting science teacher’s practice (related to creativity) through visual representations of their actions. BERA conference. 16th September 2015.
 Henriksen, D. and Mishra, P. (2015) ‘We teach who we are: creativity in the lives and practices of accomplished teachers’, Teachers College Record, 117 (7), No. 17947. [Online]. [Accessed 12 September 2018] Available from: http://www.tcrecord.org
McGregor, D. (in press). Chapter 8: Development of creative thinking. Ofsted. (2003) Expecting the unexpected: developing creativity in primary and secondary schools. HMI. [online]. [Accessed 12 September 2018] Available from: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/4766/1/Expecting_the_unexpected_%28PDF_format%29.pdf Ofsted (2010) Learning: Creative approaches that raise standards. HMI. [online]. [Accessed 12 September 2018] Available from: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20141116012722/http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/node/2405 
Oliver, A. (2006) Creative teaching science in the early years and primary classroom. London: David Fulton Publishers Ltd.
Sawyer, R.K. (2012) The science of human innovation: explaining creativity. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Sternberg, R. J. (2003) Wisdom, intelligence, and creativity synthesized. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Esme Glauert

UCL Institute of Education
Dr Esmé Glauert has extensive experience of early years and primary education through her previous work as a teacher and school adviser in London, her current roles as a teacher educator supporting both beginning and experienced teachers on teacher education, Masters and Doctoral... Read More →

Speakers
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Sarah Frodsham

Oxford Brookes University
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John McCullagh

Stranmillis University College


Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Sidlaw Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

3:30pm

Attention please! A focused approach to inclusive teaching and learning primary science
Limited Capacity seats available

Primary Science for All (PSFA) is a project to develop adaptable resources to help children to focus on exploration and enquiry. Members of the PSFA community will describe how they have collaborated to develop innovative approaches to address some of the challenges of engaging in enquiry activities and demonstrating progress. We will explore thinking frames and the wonder cupboard and explain how we think they help children to focus on their science learning. There will be an opportunity to learn about the project, explore the resources, and reflect on how they might be used and adapted for your setting.

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Andy Bullough

Senior Research Fellow, CDARE
I am the Curriculum Development lead for Primary Science For All and currently I am interested in SEN and in particular into how aspects of psychology relate to good teaching and learning and consequently professional practice. Enjoy working with people and also like developing contextualised... Read More →
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Gregory Mace

Science Leader, Athelney Primary School
Chn with a diagnosis of Autism who integrate into mainstream class'.
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Rob Floyd

Primary SEN Class teacher, Rowan school
SEN and science learning that is accessible for all. Autism and science. Engagement and Attention skills.


Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Harris 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

3:30pm

How do teachers learn to ask good questions in science?
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How do teachers learn to ask good questions in science? This session reports on an innovative action research project undertaken with a group of undergraduate student teachers, in which they utilised published research and their own empirical evidence to evaluate the quality of their questioning and to analyse the impact on children's learning.

Speakers
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Colin Forster

Senior Lecturer in Primary Science, University of Gloucestershire
I am endlessly intrigued by questions about the purpose of this thing we call 'education'. Here are some examples of what I like to mull over:What's the point of teaching science in the primary school? Is it to help children remember random facts or to develop their ability to think... Read More →
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Jude Penny

Senior Lecturer Primary Science, University of Gloucestershire
After many years leading science in an East London KS 2 school, I joined the science team at the University of Gloucestershire in 2010 , teaching primary science on the undergraduate and post graduate programmes . As well as primary science , my interests and passion lie with P4C... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Tinto Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

3:30pm

Let's talk about animals and their lifestyles
Limited Capacity seats available

Teaching about animals and their lifestyles isn’t as easy as it looks. There’s lots of information for children to grapple with, there aren’t many obvious practical investigations, and didactic teaching can often take the place of enquiry-based learning. This interactive talk demonstrates how to provide access to information so children interact with and apply new ideas. It demonstrates interactive strategies and techniques that encourage systematic reflection, discussion and research. It illustrates how you can engage and inspire children to learn about animals, and how you can make teaching this topic more enjoyable.

Speakers
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Stuart Naylor

Naylor Budd Education


Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Fintry Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

3:30pm

Two for One! This session will include two half hour workshops
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Using STEM to enrich and support cross-phase initiatives
The two presenters will share examples of STEM projects that have led to improved transition experiences.

Talk 1 - Rachel Wolford
Primary Science Transition - How do I do it? Why would I want to do it? Will it benefit my pupils? Come along, find out and discuss the answers to these and other questions surrounding cluster primary to secondary science transition. Hear about two successful year 6 / P7 transition projects that evolved from primary and engaged pupils, promoted science skills and collaboration and shared their success with parents. Find out about using kitchen science resources – not expensive hard to access equipment! Interested? Got questions? Want to create your own transition project?

Talk 2 - Sharon Smith
The purpose of this talk is to show participants resources linking Science to literacy in Early Years. This was used as a transition project at Gavinburn Primary to bring Science into Early Years transition to enhance active learning. Primary 5 children were used within transition activities to develop their own scientific questioning skills and develop the buddy system. All resources will be shared with participants.

Speakers
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Rachel Wolford

Kinloss Primary School, Moray


Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Ochil 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

3:30pm

Language Skills through Experiments
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Why is the mirror foggy when you take a shower? Why do you see yourself upside-down in a spoon? And what effect does a carpet have on pushing or pulling a sofa to another position? In this workshop you will discover 'inexplicable' observations in bathroom, kitchen and living room with children’s eyes. Learn how to support the natural curiosity of your students for scientific phenomena with easy hands-on experiments while simultaneously training their language skills. The workshop is based on the teaching brochure 'Lilu's House: Language Skills through Experiments' which will be provided for free.

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Jitka Houfkova

Charles University in Prague


Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Carrick 3 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

3:30pm

Nurturing Schools “Naturehoods”
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This workshop introduces the idea of schools noticing and recording what wildlife they have in the school grounds as part of a national Citizen Science Project, Naturehood, sharing our learnings from schools based outdoor learning science activities and inspiring schools based action for nature. This workshop will look at how making tangible contributions to Citizen Science projects can empower teachers and students and give them the agency needed to undertake further pro-environmental actions. Practical session, with take home resources and ideas for curriculum linked activities.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Evans

Megan Evans

Education Learning Manager, Earthwatch Europe
After teaching biology for 12 years in secondary schools, internationally and an FE College I've put down my board pen and joined CLEAPSS. Join me for ideas and tips on how to deliver biology practicals safely. I will be talking about enzymes and plants - how to get them to work... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Ochil 3 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range All

3:30pm

Recording in Primary Science
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Having a grasp of scientific knowledge, understanding concepts and learning scientific skills are all important aspects of primary science but do we have to record everything they do and what is really meant by recording in science? This workshop examines the most effective strategies for recording science learning. A variety of ideas and activities (including the use of FLOOR BOOKS or Big Books) will be experienced in order to demonstrate that recording of science can be done more creatively and for a variety of purposes.

Speakers
avatar for Eleanor Atkinson

Eleanor Atkinson

Primary science consultant, Primarily Science


Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Kilsyth Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

3:30pm

Running a Stargazing Event
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Hear from a primary teacher/ science lead who has run successful stargazing events. Advice on how to organise a successful star gazing session and hands-on experience of activities that can be included as part of the event. Details of charities that donate telescopes to schools and contacts of local Astronomical Societies to support.

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Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Harris 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range All

3:30pm

Science Through Stories
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Stories are often used to provide a context for science lessons e.g. testing materials to build the strongest house for the three little pigs. 'Science Through Stories' goes one step further. By teaching children to tell a science story, you teach them to tell the science. Oral rehearsal of the facts and sequences in a science topic can help children to visualise and internalise the learning. Children write about science concepts in English tasks and improve their understanding of the story in their science lessons. Come and learn how to tell a story and teach lessons that are truly cross-curricular.

Speakers
avatar for Jules Pottle

Jules Pottle

Jules Pottle
I'm an experienced Primary Science Specialist Teacher. I work part-time in a local primary school and part-time as a teacher trainer providing INSET sessions across the country. I also write books to help teachers use oral stories and books in their science lessons to improve engagement... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Moorfoot Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

3:30pm

Science Through the Senses
Limited Capacity seats available

Without engagement, we cannot have true learning; so leave your pens and paper at the door… and experience how science can be taught through the senses! Learn about an immersive approach to learning adopted at Merefield School for pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties and medical needs.  See how to take an element of our National Curriculum for Science and immersive yourself in an exploration of your senses and hopefully pick up some practical ideas and useful pedagogy throughout your journey, whether you teach children with additional needs, Early Years or in mainstream Key Stage One.

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Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Ochil 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-7

3:30pm

Scotland beneath your Feet
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A series of hands on activities to enthuse pupils and develop their understanding of the processes that have created Scotland's soils, diverse landscapes and have caused natural disasters. The workshop also explains the crucial role played by Scotland's resources

Speakers
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Dr Susan Burr

Independent Consultant, ASE, PSQM
I was a Biology teacher but now work mainly with Primary Schools. I run a Primary Science Quality Mark hub. Last year I had schools in Newton Mearns, Livingston and Cromarty as part of my group. This year from Aberdeen I also run CPD workshops in science. As part of my work for ASE... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Carrick 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 7-11

3:30pm

Sensory Science - look, listen, sniff, feel,
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore the senses with a range of simple, yet effective, resources for use in the nursery or primary classroom. Using a range of recycled materials, you will make and take away a range of materials that will encourage learners to investigate the world around them. The SSERC team have developed alternatives to some expensive resources, all designed to encourage and support the development of skills in literacy and numeracy while exploring science and having fun! Come prepared to look, listen, sniff and feel.

Speakers
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Euan Mitchell

Head of Early Years and Primary, SSERC


Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cromdale Hall Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-7

3:30pm

Playing to teach and learn: pedagogies, challenges and ideas
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Overview
We want to put the fun back into science teaching! Innovative pedagogies are discussed to develop teacher presence and children's enjoyment in primary science. Paper 1 reports on work completed with award winning teachers to identify an empowering model of classroom delivery based on principles of play embodied in traditional and modern ideas of Clown (Bala, 2010). In particular we follow Winnicott’s (1971) seminal work on developing the idea of ‘self’ through play in order to deconstruct ITE students’ ideas of what effective teaching might look like. This study is on-going doctoral research into outstanding science teaching in primary schools and seeks to develop a transformative pedagogy of teaching based on paedic and ludic principles (Gaulier, 2016; Kendrick, 2011; Caillois, 1958).

Talk 1 - Deborah Herridge
Using ideas of movement, mime, characterisation and voice captured on film from research in schools, the presentation draws parallels between exemplary science teaching and the idea of clowning. Here we use traditional and modern archetypes to model key elements of effective delivery and reframe the idea of 'fun' in the curriculum. In an age where our children are often depicted as being miserable and stressed and our student teachers show increasingly poor mental health, we seek to examine whether we have become so concerned with the technical elements of pedagogy and achieving learning objectives that we have failed to understand that learning can be fun and what fun is. We explore the innovative pedagogy of 'clown' in the classroom and its empowering effects.

Talk 2 - Debbie Myers
Leonardo da Vinci's Apprentices or tinkering belles and boys at ludic play? In this paper I report how tinkering 'playshops' and play spaces offer children opportunities to investigate, pull apart and manipulate simple mechanisms providing a foundation from which to re-construct, build and invent their own models, mechanisms and toys. In accordance with a constructivist epistemology such explorations and ludic play support the development of the pre-frontal cortex facilitating the (re)configuration of cognitive architecture and the maturation of the brain's executive control functions, enabling the child to manage self, plan, solve problems and to work collaboratively with others through complex social interactions (Papert, 1980; Martinez and Stager, 2014).

Talk 3 - Maria McGrory and Cathy Westgate
Children encounter the world holistically (Dewey, 1938; Alexander 2013) should one of the roles of education therefore be to enable children to respond to the world as authors, artists, poets, painters, scientists, mathematicians and makers? In this paper school leaders explain how playful approaches to learning have transformed teachers' practice and children's engagement in (science) learning within their school.

Chaired by Paul Ramchandani

References
Bala, M. (2010) The Clown: An Archetypal Self-Journey. Jung Journal, Volume 4, 2010 - Issue 1 Dewey, J. (1938) Experience and Education. Simon and Schuster.
Martinez, S. and Stager, G. (2014) The maker movement: A learning revolution. Learning & Leading with Technology, 41 (7), 12–17.
Papert, S. (1980). Mindstorms: Children, computers and powerful ideas. New York, NY: Basic Books.


Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Carrick 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

5:00pm

Drinks Reception hosted by The Wellcome Trust
Limited Capacity seats available

Mind buzzing after two days of the conference?

Excited about primary science and wondering how you could make a bigger impact in your school?

Come and join The Wellcome Trust for a drink in the exhibition hall on Friday 7th June from 5.00 – 6.30 pm to explore more about the science of learning and how you could use research to inform practice in your school. Hear from other teachers who have done just that and be inspired to try something yourself.


Speakers
avatar for Louise Stubberfield

Louise Stubberfield

Programme Manager, Wellcome Trust
I am the programme manager for Primary Science at Wellcome. This includes Explorify - our free resource of engaging, creative science activities for primary school learning that has been designed to stimulate curiosity, discussion and debate.


Friday June 7, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Cromdale Hall Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

7:00pm

The Conference Ceilidh - Limited tickets available!
Limited Capacity seats available

End day two of the conference with some Scottish dancing!

Join Lewis Hou and his award-winning Science Ceilidh band for a night of traditional Scottish dances alongside a few science-themed versions written with researchers, schools and community groups from their interdisciplinary education programme across Scotland. All the steps will be explained, so no dance (or science!) experience or partners needed!

The ceilidh is being held at Greyfriars Kirk – an iconic 17th century church in the heart of Edinburgh old town, only 800m away from the conference centre and close to the infamous Flodden Wall.

Doors open at 7pm. Entry by ticket only.

Tickets cost £20 plus VAT (£24 in total) and include a one course street food style dinner of middle eastern filled flatbreads. 

Meat, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options will all be offered.

Drinks available from a pay bar at the venue.

Click here to book your ticket for the conference ceilidh! 

Tickets are limited.

Friday June 7, 2019 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Greyfriars Kirk Greyfriars Place, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ
 
Saturday, June 8
 

9:00am

Keynote Talk - STEM – What, Why and How? A personal perspective from Kate Bellingham
Limited Capacity seats available

Although probably best known for her TV work, Kate’s background includes  Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths along with experience of teaching and of running a primary school STEM club.

Before looking at the role of STEM in primary schools, Kate will question what STEM actually means to the various stakeholders who may become involved or offer support. She will then consider the implications of under-representation of ‘Women in STEM’ in society as a whole, and the impact this may have on primary school teaching. She will also include a whistle-stop update of relevant research into STEM education, with particular emphasis on gender issues.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Bellingham

Kate Bellingham

TV Presenter–Engineer–Champion for girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).EngineerOxford University Physics graduate Kate started out as a trainee audio engineer for the BBC. She completed her training in the early 1990’s–despite already achieving... Read More →


10:15am

Listening to Einstein’s Universe: the Discovery of Gravitational Waves
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Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space and time, produced by some of the most violent events in the cosmos: colliding black holes, exploding stars, even the Big Bang itself. They were predicted by Albert Einstein more than a century ago but only detected in 2015, by the twin LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) detectors in the US, the most sensitive scientific instruments ever built. This remarkable discovery – in which many scientists at the University of Glasgow played a leading role - was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2017, and has opened a whole new way of exploring the universe.

So how on Earth do you detect gravitational waves? Join University of Glasgow astronomer and senior LIGO scientist Martin Hendry as he explores the remarkable the science and technology behind LIGO’s breakthrough discoveries. Using simple, everyday analogies and hands-on demonstrations, Martin brings to life the amazing world of black holes, neutron stars and gravitational waves – showing how primary students and teachers can become “black hole hunters”.

Speakers
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Martin Hendry

Glasgow University


Saturday June 8, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Carrick 3 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 7-11

10:15am

Qwisp
Limited Capacity seats available

Teaching Science for Sustainability: Introducing Qwisp® - Questions for a World in Sustainable Perspective

Qwisp is an approach to education that turns present approaches on their heads. It has a strong ethical backbone and philosophical spirit. It’s most significant attribute is that it merges science, creativity, sustainability and life into one integrated, intuitive learning process. It is begun in simplicity at the pre-primary level and gradually grows more complex in step with the learner’s intellectual/emotional development, moving them into the rigorous depths of science and problem-solving. It is a seamless learning journey for all aspects of life – from the emotional to the intellectual. It is born of the call for sustainability, is in step with STEM and highly compatible with learning for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Qwisp® is a curriculum framework designed to be used anywhere in the world by teachers and learners alike, starting at the preschool level and continuing as a tool for lifelong learning. Qwisp® learning starts with our essential survival needs where nature declares us equal - a fertile foundation for the strong humanitarian values embedded in its structure. It fires our innate curiosity and shows that science is an integral part of all aspects of life, integrating the left and right brain, enhancing the learner’s problem-solving capacity and giving rise to new heights of creativity. It opens up the world of learning in a natural and seemingly effortless way.

Speakers
avatar for Colette van Niftrik

Colette van Niftrik

Founder, Qwisp - Education for Sustainability
Fifteen years ago, Colette van Niftrik was inspired by the mechanics of Wikipedia and Google to explore a notion, sparked by Maslow’s theory of need hierarchies, as a possible route for a different approach to learning. No matter where her life took her after she left teaching... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Carrick 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

10:15am

Using Engineering Habits of Mind with primary trainee teachers to support children's learning in science, design and technology and computing
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation outlines how the concept of signature pedagogies was used with primary trainee teachers to develop children’s thinking skills within working scientifically, designing and making and coding. Using an engineering habits of mind (EHoM) framework (Lucas, Hanson and Claxton, 2014) trainee teachers worked with local engineers and schools to develop activities in school. Some of the creative activities planned and taught by the trainee teachers to cultivate EHoM within science, design and technology and computing will be shared. Opportunities to integrate EHoM into the primary curriculum will be actively explored in the session.

Speakers
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Sally Hardman

Senior Lecturer, University of Winchester


Saturday June 8, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Ochil 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

10:15am

‘Girl’ Brains and ‘Boy’ Brains: Pink and Blue or Fifty Shades of Grey Matter?
Limited Capacity seats available

25 years of human brain imaging have reignited centuries’ old speculations about sex differences in the brain. Are there sex differences in the brain? If so, where do they come from and what do they mean for the brains’ owners? Public communication of such findings can be a mixture of ‘neuronews’ and ‘neurononsense’ and we need to be alert to the difference.

Recent advances in brain imaging technology are now allowing us to investigate the human brain’s early years and ask the same questions. Do we have the same problem with neuronews and neurononsense? This talk will review key findings to date and discuss what they mean for our children.

Professor Gina Rippon is Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging at the Aston Brain Centre, Aston University, Birmingham. Her research involves state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques to investigate how the brain interacts with what is going on around it, and what happens when this process goes wrong. She has researched atypical conditions such as schizophrenia, as well as developmental disorders such as dyslexia and autism. Her current research focus is on Autism Spectrum Disorders, trying to measure ‘misfiring’ feedback loops in ASD brains . She is also involved in research investigating girls on the autistic spectrum and whether they present a different biological and behavioural profile to the classic profile associated with boys on the spectrum.

Gina is heavily involved in the critical neuroscience community, commenting on the use of neuroscience techniques to explore social processes such as gender stereotyping and stereotype threat. She is against the idea that there are two sorts of ‘hardwired’ brains’, male and female, and notes that brains are much more complicated than that!

She is an outspoken critic of ’neurotrash’, the populist (mis)use of neuroscience research to (mis)represent our understanding of the brain and, most particularly, to prop up outdated stereotypes. She is a past-President of the British Association of Cognitive Neuroscience and, in 2015, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the British Science Association.

http://www1.aston.ac.uk/lhs/staff/az-index/rippong/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gina_Rippon

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Saturday June 8, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Fintry Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

10:15am

Co-created STEM Activities - Fun STEM Academy activities developed for use in Primary School and linked to creativity and progression
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The unique University of the West of Scotland Summer STEM Academy residential event included team building workshops in forensics, engineering and molecule building, followed by 'Hands On' workshops including Astrobiology, Highland STEM Journey, F1 in Schools, Air Race Challenge and Solar Energy concluding with an industrial placement.  Primary teachers and S5 pupils worked together in an academic environment aligned with industry and supported by academia to develop STEM activities for future use in schools and communities. STEM Academy practical workshops and follow on co-created activities for use in Primary schools will be delivered and links to industry and careers identified.


Saturday June 8, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Moorfoot Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range All

10:15am

Fat, Fins, Feathers, Fur and the Freezing Cold!
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Robbie on a practical, creative workshop discovering some of the wonderful animals of Antarctica, how they have adapted to survive the extreme cold and their interactions. Robbie Taylor spent several years working for the British Antarctic Survey before becoming a Primary Teacher.

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Saturday June 8, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Carrick 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

10:15am

Light Fantastic!
Limited Capacity seats available

Light Fantastic – make light work of teaching the concepts behind reflection, refraction and the visible spectrum! In this practical workshop from the SSERC team you will explore a range of simple activities that are easy to transfer to the classroom. Using safe and inexpensive resources you will mix coloured light, investigate reflection and refraction and take a closer look at perception. Common misconceptions will be addressed. This workshop, incorporating physics, biology, art and history, has already provided solid foundations for primary/secondary transition projects. Delegates will get to make and take away a range of resources to support teaching and learning in their setting.


Saturday June 8, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Tinto Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range All

10:15am

Microscopy: Enriching and Extending the Primary Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

This hands-on, interactive workshop will illustrate the use of microscopes within and beyond the science curriculum, developing extensive ideas generated in the primary sector. The overall aim is to use the microscope's power to engage and 'wow factor' to promote the exploration of everyday things in a different context, maximising the impact in STEM subjects and exploring how creative approaches can incorporate other disciplines including art and literacy. This enjoyable workshop shows the impact that microscopes have upon children's learning, their cross curricular benefits and their future in the classroom. The workshop will also introduce the Microscope Activity Kit, a free resource to primary schools developed by the Royal Microscopical Society and used by over 90,000 children nationally to support science learning, with ready-made activities, resources and worksheets.

Speakers
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Peter Sainsbury

Cluster Advisor and Acting Cluster Director, PSTT
Specific interests and area of work pertinent to PSEC are:*PSTT Cluster Programme *Science networks and Clusters UK support*Microscopy in the Primary Sector *Sustainable leadership


Saturday June 8, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Harris 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range All

10:15am

Premier League Primary Stars Primary Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Come along and take part in some practical activities that will help children work as scientists. A series of lessons have been developed that use the theme of space and football to engage and excite teachers and children to work scientifically. 'Pitch Perfect', 'Feel the Pressure', 'Kick Off, Lift Off' and 'The roar of the crowd' are just some of the titles of the lessons. Come and find out how we have used simple equipment to create a reason to collect data and look for patterns.

Speakers

Saturday June 8, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Harris 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 7-11

10:15am

SciPads - Using technology to support science teaching and learning
Limited Capacity full

In an ever-increasing digital world, enabling children to use technology to enhance learning is becoming more important. Children love science and they love technology so why not combine the two? This session will focus on how a range of apps and websites can support the teaching and learning of science for all learners. You will also see how children at West Jesmond Primary School in Newcastle have used technology to showcase their science work to a wider audience and the benefits of this. Bringing a Wifi enabled device to this session would be beneficial.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Assistant Headteacher, West Jesmond Primary School


Saturday June 8, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Ochil 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

10:15am

Turn your interesting idea into school-based research
Limited Capacity seats available

This interactive, discussion-based workshop combines research design principles and project management skills to give practitioners the opportunity to think systematically about the aims of their next project in primary science teaching. Do you want to pilot a new teaching strategy? Or perhaps use your Science Week to conduct some research? Bring along your ideas and we will cover: defining project objectives; how and when to collect data to demonstrate impact; the timeline, milestones and possible issues you will face; and ways to share your results beyond your school walls. Sources of funding for science projects will also be discussed.   


Saturday June 8, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Ochil 3 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

10:15am

What might happen? Science enquiry through demonstrations and activities
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This workshop has been inspired by the philosophy and the festivals of Science on Stage. The workshop incorporates a wide range of demonstrations and activities. The materials used are inexpensive and readily accessible in most cases. Participants will be actively engaged throughout. Many of the demonstrations have surprising outcomes which invite prediction, discussion and validation. There is an atmosphere of playfulness in the demonstrations that are used. The activities are quite short and simple but emphasize good principles of working as a scientist.


Saturday June 8, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Kilsyth Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range All

10:15am

What’s in my tray?
Limited Capacity full

An energetic, hands-on carousel of practical, curriculum-based activities. Easily recreated in your own setting. Useful as lesson starters, to support theory work, for science week or STEM clubs. Five stations, five minutes per station, five areas of the primary science curriculum. Full resource pack and equipment list provided in addition to prizes for the winning team. Tweeting is encouraged via #WhatsInMyTray.

See www.learning-rooms.com/teaching-resources/ for more free practical science activities.

Speakers
avatar for Dr Katherine Forsey

Dr Katherine Forsey

Learning Rooms & STEM Consultant, Gratnells Learning Rooms
Gratnells Learning Rooms - What's In My TrayDr Katherine Forsey is the Learning Rooms & STEM Consultant at Gratnells. Katherine leads the creation of What’s In My Tray activities for Gratnells, delivers interactive training and workshops at education conferences across the UK and... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Cromdale Hall Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

10:15am

Engaging children in science though cutting-edge, real science research projects
Limited Capacity seats available

Overview
This seminar will consider the benefits of introducing current scientific research to primary age children and how this can be done in primary schools. Dudley Shallcross will describe how making links to science research makes learning more meaningful and engages children. He will explain that cutting-edge research can be linked to the primary science curriculum and share examples from ‘I bet you didn’t know…’ articles published in ‘Why & How’, the PSTT Newsletter. Julia Nash will talk about how as a teacher she has used some of the practical ideas in the ‘I bet you didn’t know…’ articles with her class. She will describe how the children in in her class have responded and the impact on their learning and perception of science and scientific research. Ex-biochemist and primary teacher, Alison Trew, will briefly describe what is meant by ‘science capital’ [1] and describe how student engagement with science is shaped by students’ interests, dispositions and past experiences [2]. She will suggest that ‘I bet you didn’t know…’ provides teachers with an accessible, practical way to raise children’s science capital and inspire the next generation of scientists.

Talk 1 – Dudley Shallcross
Fundamental science principles are explored at primary school and many cutting-edge science projects can be explained using these principles. For example, a recent study showed that Greenland sharks can live for many hundreds of years and the principle behind this was making a good calibration chart, something that can be replicated in primary school. In another study scientists believe that they have found a hidden planet in the Kuiper Belt, even though telescopes are not powerful enough to see the planet! Using ideas from primary science investigations it is possible to carry out investigations that mirror these studies. The principles of camouflage are discussed in another paper and these investigations can be carried out in a primary school setting (outdoors of course). Linking with cutting edge science at an early age is, we hope, an exciting way to stimulate children and their teachers and provide rich contexts for learning.

Talk 2 – Julia Nash
Engaging children in ‘real life science’, has for me, been paramount in inspiring young science learners in the classroom. I teach full-time in a class of 7-8 year olds and have used the ‘I bet you didn’t know…’ articles to provide a starting point for a series of science lessons. I want to show that this resource is accessible and enjoyable for everybody, all teachers and children, whatever the Key Stage. The articles explain clearly, in language that children can understand, what scientists have discovered and provide questions for children and teachers to consider in the classroom. There are suggestions of practical activities that the children might carry out to find their own answers to some of these questions. Children love to take ownership of their learning and this is exactly what happened in my class. The children enjoyed exploring new ideas and carrying out their own science research.

Talk 3 – Alison Trew
Science capital combines all an individual’s science-related resources: knowledge, attitudes, experiences and contacts. The more science capital young people have the more likely they are to engage with the subject. We believe that teachers can make a difference to student engagement with science by sharing examples of cutting-edge research because:
• Linking scientist’s research findings to real-life situations enables pupils to see science as relevant to their everyday life and has a positive impact on their attitude towards science.
• Encouraging discussion and providing simple practical challenges linked to research has a positive impact on children’s science-related knowledge and experiences.

Chaired by Craig Early 
 
References 
[1] Bourdieu, P. (1986). The forms of capital. In J. Richardson (Ed.), Handbook of theory and research for the sociology of education (241-258). New York, NY: Greenwood.  
[2] Godec, S., King, H. & Archer, L. (2017) The Science Capital Teaching Approach: engaging students with science, promoting social justice. London: University College London. 


Chair
Speakers
avatar for Alison Trew

Alison Trew

PSTT Area Mentor and website resources developer, PSTT
I was a science researcher for 9 years before training to teach and I taught in primary schools in Devon for 9 years. I am a Fellow of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and Area Mentor for South West England. In the last couple of years I have supported primary teachers and... Read More →


  • Target age range 4-11

10:15am

Primary - Secondary transition
Limited Capacity seats available

Talk 1 – Cerian Angharad
Science Enquiry Wales - See Science managed a project to support Scientific Enquiry and the transition between primary and secondary schools.
The process - Secondary schools and their feeder primary schools collaborated with each other and STEM Ambassadors – people who want to share their passion and encourage pupils to take an interest in STEM Subjects. The schools and Ambassadors worked together to develop a sequence of lessons which improved pupils' science skills and knowledge, which pupils then applied in an investigation. This investigation was carried out in the classroom by the teacher and the STEM Ambassadors.

Project outcomes
· An improvement in the standards achieved by pupils in science skills.
· Greater variety of recording methods used in science lessons.
· An increased understanding by teachers in both phases of the progression in science skills.
· A greater awareness of the STEM Ambassadors program.
· An improvement in pupils' attitudes towards science and scientists.

Talk 2 – Kate Redhead
Based on the above PSTT funded project co-ordinated by See Science, PSTT Regional Mentor Kate Redhead developed the idea for use with a group of schools in the West Midlands. The project involved a secondary school and three of its feeder primaries, working collaboratively over a two-term period. The project began with two days of focussed training for teachers who then, alongside STEM Ambassadors, planned and delivered a series of curriculum-based lessons in school. The schools themselves determined the main focus of training: the development and exploration of scientific enquiry skills through drama. The project culminated in a celebration day at the secondary school where children shared their investigations in both presentations and a market-place style approach. Visiting scientists, STEM Ambassadors and older children from the secondary school were all part of this event.

Talk 3 – Allen Tsui
There had been a steep decline in the number of applications entering computer science at university level. Based on examinations boards data, there were less than 8,000 A-level computer science candidates in 2017 with less than ten percent female. The Willow Brook Primary School Academy collaboration with Kano represents an opportunity to try to make a bigger impact by offering primary school aged children, especially the girls, the chance to at least be exposed to considering subjects like computer science beyond GCSE or whatever post-16 examination system they will be faced with in the future. Using Kano computers to learn coding also potentially enables what the 2018 winner of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize describes as the opportunity for individual learners to unlock personal levels of creativity which some like Ken Robinson regard as an important facet for all our futures.

References
Holland, D., Skinner, D., Lachicotte Jr., W., and Cain,. (2001) Identity and agency in cultural worlds. Cambridge, Massachusetts and London: Harvard University Press
Kemp, P.E.J., Wong, B., and Berry, M.G. (2016) The Roehampton Annual Computing Education Report. London: University of Roehampton.
The Royal Socieity (2017) After the Reboot: Computing Education in UK Schools https://royalsociety.org./~/media/policy/projecdts/computing-education/computing-educationreport.pdf (accessed April 2018)
Webb, M., Davis, N., Bell, T., Katz, Y.J., Reynolds, N., Chambers, D.P., and Syslo, M.M. (2017) 'Computer Science in the K-12 school curricula of the 21st century: What, why and when?' Education and Information Technology, 22, 445-468.
Wong, B. (2017) 'I'm good, but not that good': Digitally-skilled youth's identity in computing. Computing. Computer Science Education, 26, 299-317.

Chaired by Sarah Earle

Chair
Speakers
avatar for Kate Redhead

Kate Redhead

PSTT Regional Mentor, Primary Science Teaching Trust
Kate Redhead has been a fellow of the Primary Science Teaching Trust since 2012.Kate entered the teaching profession after a short time as a Project Manager in the telecommunications industry. Before joining the Trust, she worked in a large primary school in Birmingham; first as Science... Read More →
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Allen Tsui

Academic Enrichment Programme Leader, Willow Brook primary School Academy
Allen Tsui officially began teaching at Willow Brook Primary School Academy in East London on the day that Tim Peake began his Principia mission at the end of 2015. Allen attended a secondary school in North London during the early to mid 1980s as computers were first being introduced... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Sidlaw Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

12:00pm

Learning about the Earth from a scotch egg: How children learn with analogies and how to teach with them effectively
Limited Capacity filling up

Analogies are a powerful method in a teacher’s toolkit. They allow children to use their real-life experience to support the construction of new abstract knowledge. As such, they are particularly useful for teaching science concepts that often describe forces and structures that are invisible to the eye.   
In this presentation, I will first describe how children learn with analogies from a cognitive science perspective. Using this knowledge, we will discuss how best to introduce analogies when teaching, how using analogies can lead to misconceptions if used incorrectly and how to support children when they struggle with this powerful teaching method. 

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Matthew Slocombe

PhD student, Centre for Educational Neuroscience, University of London


Saturday June 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Carrick 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

12:00pm

Scientist of the week: breaking down STEM stereotypes
Limited Capacity seats available

NUSTEM have piloted and evaluated a simple STEM intervention that has proven effects on reducing primary aged children's stereotypes regarding scientists. In this talk, we’ll share our process, the research and the resources so you too can break down limiting stereotypes in your schools. You will be able to apply our learning easily in your own school from Y1 through 6, and will have unlimited access to a large number of supporting resources through our website. You will also be able to use our research tools to conduct your own stereotype busting research in your classroom.

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Saturday June 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Carrick 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

12:00pm

See through science: using images to engage and inspire children to ask scientific questions
Limited Capacity seats available

'See through science' is an exciting new resource, from the PSTT, which uses images to stimulate scientific thinking and discussion. This session will explain the theory behind the resource, including the importance of focused questioning and the power of using images, and the research that has been done to measure its effectiveness. We will present different ways schools can use it to develop thinking and discussion. Participants will get an opportunity to explore some of the images and support materials and discuss the types of questions they could use to develop their pupils' scientific thinking, vocabulary and discussion skills.  

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Alex Farrer

Head of STEAM, Wimbledon High School GDST
Currently teaching STEAM and science from Reception to year 13 at Wimbledon High School/GDST. PSQM hub leader in SW London delivering CPD sessions with a focus on science leadership, science capital and scientific enquiry. Co-author of the PSTT resource "See Through Science" which... Read More →
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Paul Tyler

Class Teacher, Mearns Primary School, PSTT
Primary school teacher and Science Coordinator in a large primary school just outside Glasgow.Interested in all things primary science, Science Capital transitions to secondary and anything to do with Topical Science and Citizen Science.I produce a monthly Topical Science Update which... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Sidlaw Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

12:00pm

Two for One! This session will include two half hour talks
Limited Capacity seats available

Fran Long - Raising STEM career aspirations through the primary years
Discover tried and tested ways of incorporating engineering into the primary curriculum. With a national shortage of engineers, learn about a research study conducted to ascertain ways of raising STEM career aspirations by the age of 10 through a programme of specific enrichment activities. Hear the impact on pupils of monthly contact with real scientists and engineers from a diverse range of careers. STEM career aspirations, perceptions of the roles of engineers and Engineering Habits of Mind (EHOM) exhibited by pupils were all measured and the results statistically significant. Find out how this initiative could be replicated in your school.

Olivia Johnson - Space in the Primary Curriculum
Space can be an inspiring context for learning across the primary curriculum, from science and mathematics to literacy and health & wellbeing. Current research in astronomy and advances in space technology address a wealth of big questions that excite and inspire young minds: How was our Sun made? Can humans travel to another planet? Are we alone in the Universe? In this interactive talk, we will explore a range of resources and activities, based on ongoing research, which tap into pupils' excitement about space and support learning in the primary curriculum.

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Olivia Johnson

Public Engagement Programme Manager, Science and Technology Facilities Council / Royal Observatory Edinburgh
Olivia is an astronomer working on science engagement at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, specialising in involving students of all ages with ongoing research into exciting open questions in astronomy. She leads a national public engagement campaign around the James Webb Space Telescope... Read More →
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Fran LONG

Fran is an innovative educator, STEM engagement specialist, trainer and researcher . A PSTT Fellow & PSQM Gold holder who is passionate about raising STEM career aspirations. Enthusiatic about promoting science & engineering in the primary years & beyond. Always looking for creative... Read More →


12:00pm

Big Books or Little Books: why & how Floor Books enhance teaching, learning and assessment.
Limited Capacity full

In this workshop there will be:
  • examples of Floor Books used in PSTT Fellows' schools that show evidence of children's enquiry skills and how they have been used for formative and summative assessment
  •  illustrations of resources that stimulate children to think and talk in science and show how this can be recorded in a Floor Book
  • discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of using traditional Floor Books to record science in primary schools
  • suggestions on how current technology might provide an alternative type of shared science book

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Alison Trew

PSTT Area Mentor and website resources developer, PSTT
I was a science researcher for 9 years before training to teach and I taught in primary schools in Devon for 9 years. I am a Fellow of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and Area Mentor for South West England. In the last couple of years I have supported primary teachers and... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Harris 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range All

12:00pm

Cooking like a Polar Explorer
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and find out about the vital role food has played in the work of researchers and explorers in the Polar regions historically and to the present time. This brand-new free resource can be accessed and used in classrooms anywhere. Ready to go ideas for linking STEM subjects to a real context with opportunities for your children to meet a range of inspirations STEM professionals and chance for you to try out the activities first hand.

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Bryony Turford

Founder and Director, Primary Science Geeks


Saturday June 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Kilsyth Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 7-11

12:00pm

Curiosity-led learning and the science of the seasons
Limited Capacity full

This workshop will discuss the benefits of curiosity-led learning on engagement with STEM and a child's love of learning. We will explore the science in all of the seasons. Why do leaves turn brown? How can we create snow? What are the properties of kinetic sand? How do we make seeds spring up and why are bees so important? Why is it so important to encourage curiosity and to explore the science in our every day?  

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Renee Watson

Founder and Head of Explosions, The Curiosity Box
I was born about 100 years too late for my dream job as an explorer but then I discovered science and realised it was basically the same thing. From the ripe old age of 6 I became driven by a desire to explore the world through the lens of science. I don’t find it surprising that... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Ochil 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range All

12:00pm

Data Hunters on Mars
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to navigate a maze, write a short program and control a robot and hold a small piece of Mars! Computing plays an ever more important role in all of our lives and has changed the way scientists and engineers work and collaborate. Inspire your pupils with computing, using the stories of space and our solar system as a 'hook'. Our experienced deliverers will demonstrate a series of interactive modular activities which tell the story of how space scientists use data, linking to the Computing and Earth and Space topics for KS1 and KS2.

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Saturday June 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Cromdale Hall Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

12:00pm

Making electronic books for science
Limited Capacity full

This workshop will explore a range of software for the creation of interactive books for children to create. Drawing on work done by trainee teachers it will look at how interactive books give scope from creativity and recording that "traditional" methods do not. Interactive books allow children to use multimedia to collect and present their data and findings in ways that enhance the understanding of science.

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Saturday June 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Carrick 3 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

12:00pm

Ocean Literacy: using the marine environment to engage students (and teachers!)
Limited Capacity seats available

The oceans are fascinating and vtial to life on Earth yet they hardly feature in the National Curriculum. A hands-on workshop that looks at the concept of ocean literacy and introduces practitioners to a carousel of simple, inexpensive classroom experiments to support science (and ocean) learning at all key stages

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Saturday June 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Moorfoot Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range All

12:00pm

Public Health England: A Creative Collaboration
Limited Capacity seats available

Tricky Ticks and Operation Outbreak are flexible resources developed to assist teachers in incorporating scientific and public health learning into their schemes of work. They promote tick awareness, understanding about how infectious diseases spread, and portray a range of careers that are possible within public health. They also develop links to other areas of the curriculum: including geography, history, mathematics and PSHE. This workshop will provide the opportunity to explore these exciting and significant resources. We intend to showcase the successful collaboration between a science cluster and a scientific institute.

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Emma Bennett

Principal Epidemiologist, Public Health England
I work as Principal Epidemiologist in the Emergency Response Department at Public Health England.
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Peter Sainsbury

Cluster Advisor and Acting Cluster Director, PSTT
Specific interests and area of work pertinent to PSEC are:*PSTT Cluster Programme *Science networks and Clusters UK support*Microscopy in the Primary Sector *Sustainable leadership
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Hannah Williams

Senior Mathematical Modeller, Public Health England
Infectious diseases mathematical modeller, with an interest in outreach.


Saturday June 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Harris 1 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

12:00pm

Science Ceilidh: explore STEM through dance and the arts
Limited Capacity seats available

This hands-on session will explore strategies in exploring STEM topics in the curriculum with dance and expressive arts with your learners to support interdisciplinary learning, creativity and health and wellbeing. An award-winning educational social enterprise, we'll share learnings, research and case-studies from across Scotland of how this approach can help build science capital, challenge stereotypes about STEM, develop primary learners confidence through performance and can be used as a way of engaging families. Attendees will go through the whole pedagogical process of developing creative ways of explore science with the director and interdisicplinary specialist Lewis Hou, take-away the free resources and lesson plans and discuss how this can be implemented in your classroom.

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Lewis Hou

Director, Interdisciplinary Specialist, Science Ceilidh
Lewis is an interdisciplinary education specialist and director of the award-winning social enterprise Science Ceilidh. A neuroscientist by training, he is passionate about supporting equity, health and wellbeing and creativity for all, and was awarded the Royal Society of Edinburgh's... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Tinto Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 7-11

12:00pm

Supermarket Science
Limited Capacity full

This practical CPD is intended to provide attendees with a bank of easy to use ideas that they can take away with them to enable pupils to conduct experiments and have fun. Hands-on experience promotes curiosity and engagement and provides opportunities for the discussion and questioning which develop understanding. All activities within the session have been designed to be affordable for any school budget, with resources easily purchased at your local supermarket. This course is designed to support Working Scientifically objectives.

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Saturday June 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Ochil 2 Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
  • Target age range 4-11

12:00pm

Careers and the primary science curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Overview
This seminar will explore the current research and practice with regards STEM careers guidance in Primary school. The first speaker will share current careers research and understanding, and explore the increasing importance place upon careers messages from the Early Year and throughout primary school. The second speaker, a primary STEM coordinator, will share their experience of embedding careers messages in science lesson at a personal and subject leadership level. The final speaker, a university academic who runs STEM outreach in schools, will share their experience of crafting targeted careers messages to promote STEM disciplines.

Talk 1 – Carol Davenport
Carol’s talk will share the underpinning research that supports embedding careers in the primary classroom and the approach that the NUSTEM group at Northumbria University has developed in its outreach work with primary schools in the north east of England.

Talk 2 – Mark Storey
Mark is a STEM leader in a primary school in north east of England. He has been working closely with Northumbria University to develop methods of careers intervention and embedded teaching practices in his school. Mark will share his experience of using a careers approach to teaching STEM and what this looks like at the chalk-face, both at an individual teacher and subject coordinator level. He’ll also share some of the careers aspiration research completed in his school, which has given him a clearer picture of the aspirations of his pupils and how he has used this to adjust his STEM teaching approach across his school. Embedding the approach is not without its challenges and Mark will share these as part of his talk, and identify strategies that have worked in his setting.

Talk 3 – Kate Winter
Kate is an academic and researcher working the department of Environmental Sciences at Northumbria University. She has taken the approach described by Carol and used this to develop careers-based, research-linked STEM outreach activities in schools. Kate will discuss her experiences of design, development and delivery of careers led STEM outreach. She’ll also provide the audience with an increased under-standing of the variety of STEM careers that are avail-able to young people, and share ideas on how to link them directly to the children in the primary classroom.

Chaired by Kate Bellingham

Chair
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Kate Bellingham

TV Presenter–Engineer–Champion for girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).EngineerOxford University Physics graduate Kate started out as a trainee audio engineer for the BBC. She completed her training in the early 1990’s–despite already achieving... Read More →

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Carol Davenport

Director, NUSTEM, Northumbria.University
Carol is an experienced science educator who has worked with all ages of student – primary, secondary, as well as trainee and experienced teachers.Her teaching career started in Barnsley college as a Physics lecturer.  Following a career break she then  taught physics (and science... Read More →


Saturday June 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Fintry Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK

1:15pm

Fizz Pop
Mhairi will share some fun activities to explain a range of scientific concepts. All the activities are based around simple chemical reactions using everyday chemicals found around the home. Come and see ‘Foaming Lemon Juice’,‘Exploding Bags’ and ‘Bath Bombs’. These experiments are simple and use only a few chemicals, but they create a big bang.

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Mhairi Scullion

Principal Teacher Clackmannanshire Council


Saturday June 8, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
A28 - Cromdale Hall

1:15pm

Investigation station ideas for early years
Want to set up an investigation station for early years? Come and see some ideas for activities that you can put out on a table for children to explore independently.

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Jane Catto

Briar Hill Infant School


Saturday June 8, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
A28 - Cromdale Hall

1:15pm

Makers’ Space – tinkering with STEAM
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and find out about Tracey’s journey of creating a makers’ space in her school, the impact this has had on the children and practical examples of how you can implement this in your own school.  

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Tracey Ellicott

Primary Science Teacher, Fife Education


Saturday June 8, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
A28 - Cromdale Hall

1:15pm

Modelling scientific ideas with foil
Come and see how using foil as a modelling material can support exploration and understanding of scientific concepts, e.g food chains, relative sizes of planets.

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Saturday June 8, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
A28 - Cromdale Hall

2:00pm

Science Show Finale: 'A Pollutant's Tale' - a PSTT wild ride through the Science of the Atmosphere and Climate Change.
Limited Capacity seats available

'A Pollutant's Tale' - a PSTT wild ride through the Science of the Atmosphere and Climate Change.
This lively and entertaining show will explore science relating to:
  •     the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere in comparison to other planets,
  •     the structure of the atmosphere,
  •     some of the chemistry and properties of nitrogen and oxygen,
  •     a few of the tropospheric pollutants including carbon dioxide.
Throughout the show there will be exciting demonstrations involving liquid nitrogen, oxygen foam, dry ice and a few explosions.

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Tim Harrison

Tim HarrisonTim Harrison FRSC CChem, MRSB, MRSSa is the first School Teacher Fellow at Bristol ChemLabS., University of Bristol. He is also a Reader in Chemistry, the Science Communicator in Residence and Director of Outreach.Prior to this he has been a Head of Chemistry and Science College Director. Tim has taught chemistry for more than 38 years and his work is... Read More →