British Science Week

    Published: 06 March 2017

    Science weeks or days are a great way to raise enthusiasm for science in both pupils and staff across a school. This year, British Science Week runs between the 10–19th of March but you can run it at any time.

    Why not try a whole-school challenge like building the tallest tower using just spaghetti and marshmallows or take part in this year’s CLEAPSS challenge to design and build a marble run. A great investigation that can be run across the whole school is whether children with the biggest hands grab the most sweets. This is great fun and can cover a range of skills including looking for patterns in data, evaluating the strength of data and suggesting improvements to the method.

    Terrific Scientific

    If you have KS2 pupils and you have not already signed up to the BBC campaign Terrific Scientific, I would recommend getting involved. It gives pupils the chance to take part in national investigations and watch live lessons.

    Primary Science Quality Mark

    The next application round for the Primary Science Quality Mark is due to close on the 13th February so if you would like to take part this spring take a look at the website and register your interest.

    Upcoming courses

    We have a number of courses coming up this term including:

    • The popular New and aspiring primary science subject leaders course to give confidence to new subject leaders - Thursday 23rd March 2017 — 16SCI/019P
    • Two Securing and Judging Progress in Primary Science to help class teachers and or subject leaders feel confident in making judgements about progress in science Thursday 9th March 2017 — 16SCI/102S  / Tuesday 28th March 2017 — 16SCI/020P
    • Fun, Focussed and Effective Primary Science for NQTs Thursday 16th March — 16NQT/054P

    For more details and to book a place please visit:

    By Charlotte Jackson, Science Adviser

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