The Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT)
The Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) provides financial assistance to improve the teaching and learning of science for children and young people in the UK.
Primary Science Teacher Award 2017
See Science have been approached by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) to promote the Primary Science Teacher Award 2017 to teachers in Wales.
Each year approximately 25 primary science teachers are awarded a Primary Science Teacher Award (PSTA). Once awarded, these outstanding teachers will enjoy the following benefits:
- Prize winners will be invited to join the PSTT Primary Science Teacher College as a College Fellow.
- College Fellows have access to funding in excess of £500,000 a year to develop new projects, undertake professional development and to disseminate best practice from their work and that of the Trust.
- Annual invitation to the Primary Science Teacher College Conference
- College Fellows have access to a range of resources and growing network of excellent Primary Science Teachers
- £1,000 prize money for the teacher
- A selection of TTS science resources for the teacher
- £500 prize money and a Primary Science Teaching Trust Certificate for the school.
More here… You can see how to apply and also previous year’s successful teachers’ entries. The benefits of this award to you and the school are significant.
The PSTT website showcases some of the exciting developments that have been taking place and provides both excellent Continuing Professional Development (CPD) resources and a growing range of lesson and planning curriculum materials.
Science Enquiry: Wales
See Science manages the project 'Science Enquiry: Wales' which is funded by the PSTT. This exciting project was set up in 2013 to support Scientific Enquiry and the transition between primary and secondary schools in Wales. The project is funded by the PSTT and managed by See Science Ltd.
The project process
Secondary schools and their feeder primary schools collaborate with each other and with STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) Ambassadors – people who want to share their passion for their careers to encourage pupils of all ages to take an interest in STEM Subjects.
The schools and Ambassadors work together to develop a sequence of lessons which will improve pupils’ science skills and knowledge, which pupils then apply in an investigation. This investigation is carried out in the classroom with the teacher and the STEM Ambassador working together.
The teachers from the cluster primary schools attend a two-day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course where they find out how to improve pupils’ science skills and develop interactive learning. They plan a course of action with a STEM Ambassador. Once this has been completed, the teachers present their pupils’ work at a final celebration.
Both primary and secondary teachers are given a toolkit of teaching activities that can be used to support other teachers in carrying out similar work after the end of the project.
During their participation in the project teachers are made aware of the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM). A PSTT College member attends the CPD course to speak of their experience of PSQM, the benefits of PSQM and how to apply for funding to run it.
- 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 programme.
- An improvement in pupils’ attitudes towards science and scientists.
To view each video, click on the thumbnail: the Youtube or Vimeo video will launch in a new window.
- Teachers from the Ysgol Bro Gwaun / Pembrokeshire school cluster talk about their experiences during the Science Enquiry: Wales project and reflect on the learning outcomes, their personal development and the benefits to the pupils. Includes sequences of pupils demonstrating the results of their investigations. (Vimeo video)
- Teachers and pupils from the St Cyres Comprehensive School / Vale of Glamorgan school cluster talk about their experiences during the Science Enquiry: Wales project and reflect on the learning outcomes, their personal development and the benefits to the pupils. (Youtube video)
- Examples of the pupils’ recording methods - Murch Junior School pupils (Vale of Glamorgan school cluster) investigate the making of the sun. (Youtube video)
- Examples of the pupils’ recording methods - Murch Junior School pupils (Vale of Glamorgan school cluster) investigate how the planets orbit the sun. (Youtube video)
Feedback from teachers participating in the project
- “The project has definitely strengthened transition links, made us consider teaching skills in different ways and equipped pupils with a stronger drive to pursue a career in science in the future. Many thanks all!! Please feel free to pilot any future schemes on the wonderful Bro Gwaun family of schools in the future.” Emma Bowen, Ysgol Bro Gwaun.
- “The resources provided have been invaluable – the planning sheets and example experiments were very useful. I will definitely be using them in future.” Abigail Davies, Holy Name RC Primary School.
- “The children’s literacy skills were developed through different means of recording and presenting their work – writing comics, recording iMovies, creating iBooks, developing oral reasoning skills through questions posed in concept cartoons and developing thinking/mind mapping to convey learning.” Jeff Lansing, Murch Junior School.
- “I think that working with a STEM Ambassador has had a huge impact on pupils’ attitude to Science …lots of them have said that they would love to be a R&D engineer (like Stuart) as it sounds interesting and exciting. Stuart’s visit was inspiring – the pupils referred to things he had said during Science lessons.” Abigail Davies, Holy Name RC Primary School.
- “The fair test board is now part of all our investigations and I feel confident that the children have a much greater understanding. I have cascaded the fair test board to all KS2 teachers. The board was introduced to them during a staff meeting where I also showed examples of my children’s work.” S Lewis, Goodwick Primary School.
Feedback from pupils participating in the project
- “Stuart (STEM Ambassador) was really interesting – I didn’t realise that there were so many different jobs a scientist could do.” Pupil at Holy Name RC Primary School.
- “After Stuart’s visit I’ve been looking at different things and wondering about the scientists who designed them.” Pupil at Holy Name RC Primary School.
- “I never used to like science before, but now I think it’s great. I understand it better now. It just makes sense.” Charlotte, Yr 6
- “I have really enjoyed doing different experiments and learning some new things in science. I enjoy how it makes me think about things and predicting what I think is going to happen.” Sam, Yr 6