Back to School

Some help for teachers

In my latest newsletter for primary teachers and science leads, I’ve tried to signpost some really useful information on science planning, curriculum and practicals for the new term.

A helping hand

Looking forward to September, with all children set to be back in class but with some social distancing measures and bubbles still in place, practical science might look a little different, but will also be starting to look a little more normal than the summer term.

If you’re looking for different ways to do things, or maybe even considering a blended approach, you may find some useful ideas collated in the resources area on my website.

Practical Science and Curriculum Planning

Some quick links to help:

  • CLEAPSS have updated their Primary Science, Art and DT guidance for the new school year and current situation:

http://primary.cleapss.org.uk/Resource/P110-Practical-activities-in-a-bubble.aspx

  • The ASE have also been working hard to plan for addressing those learning gaps:

https://www.ase.org.uk/news/ase-coronavirus-resources-free-covid-19-science-education-support-webinar-series#Primary%20Science%20Education

  • The Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) have produced a CPD video on recovery planning:
  • The Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) have also created some great resources for socially distant or home based science investigations with Science For One, which have recently been updated in light of new CLEAPSS guidance:

https://pstt.org.uk/resources/curriculum-materials/Science-for-One

Teacher professional development

I’m delighted to now be able to offer teacher CPD online. I am a STEM Learning Associate Facilitator and PSQM Hub leader as well as being a Great Science Share for Schools Regional Champion and an Explorify Champion. Just ask to find out about more about remote and in-person training and support opportunities.

Dr Jo Science Workshops

At the moment, I’m not sure when Dr Jo Science workshops will be back in schools full time but if you’re looking for a hands-on science day do get in touch and we can discuss how to make it work. My priority is everyone’s safety. All activities are risk assessed and extra precautions taken in line with Government and CLEAPSS Health & Safety guidance to be as safe as possible in the current covid-19 situation with a flexible approach to suit your school, including new ‘virtual visits‘ comprising live online sessions and follow-up investigations, planning and resources.

Do get in touch if I can help in any way.