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The University of Glasgow ESESS Project
Excellent STEM Education for a Successful Scotland
Heather Reid, Kevin Lowden, Angela SpeirsThe ESESS ProjectThe 2007 Scottish Survey of Achievement TIMMS - Trends in International Maths and Science StudyNational Evaluation of Science CPD by the SCRE Centre at University of Glasgow
All highlight the need for primary science supportThe ESESS ProjectDeveloped a suite of science activities- teachers notes- experiments & recording sheets- PowerPoint- videosScience activities can be used within commonly taught Topics such as Knights and Castles, The Lighthouse and The Victorians.The ESESS ProjectThe project also integrates the use of low cost video recording into the teaching process.
The project aims to demonstrate the value of creating a video CPD archive of re-usable short videos made by teachers and pupils to demonstrate their best practice, shared using the Internet.The Victorians and Clean Water
An Example The VictoriansI have participated in practical activities to separate simple mixtures of substances and can relate my findings to my everyday experience. SCN 2-16a
By investigating common conditions that increase the amount of substance that will dissolve or the speed of dissolving, I can relate my findings to the world around me. SCN 2-16bI have investigated different water samples from the environment and explored methods that can be used to clean and conserve water and I am aware of the properties and uses of water. SCN2-18a
TopicsThe VictoriansNatural Disasters Level 2 SCN 2-16a, 2-16b, 2-18a
The materials can be adapted for use with other Topics that deal with water or health or human rights.
TopicsMagic Magnets Level 1, SCN 1-08a
Knights & Castles
The materials can be adapted for use with other Topics that have fantasy or magic as a theme, e.g. Fairy tales, The Magic Faraway Tree
TopicsMake a Lighthouse Level 1, SCN 1-09a
IslandsThe sea, seashore or coastline.The materials can be adapted for use with other Topics like Katie Morag (Stories by Mairi Hedderwick)The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch (by David and Rhonda Armitage)
TopicsCompare the Force Level 2, SCN 2-08a
The Ancient WorldThe GreeksThe materials can be adapted for use with other Topics that have a magical theme, especially books like Harry Potter, Dark Isle.
Evaluation SCRE CentreOverall Impact
ESESS project has helped to improve classroom practice in science, particularly, practical work and experiments.Teachers feel more confident about covering the science topics addressed by the units.The materials have been very enthusiastically received and are being shared.Teachers believe that the relevance of content and design of the practical components is promoting pupils understanding of science concepts.Pupils could understand and use science vocabulary and confidently understood the Learning Intentions and Success criteria.
Evaluation SCRE CentreReflection on Professional Practice
Overall, teachers believe that the guidance materials provided as part of the units and, to some extent, the video cameras have allowed them to reflect on how they teach science.Teachers are sharing new ideas on teaching science with others in their school based on their experience of the units.
Evaluation SCRE CentrePupil Engagement
Teachers reported successful engagement with pupils - practical components being seen as a key reason for pupils enthusiasm.Learning Outcomes were achieved by most pupils involved.Pupils, regardless of gender and ability, were actively involved in the activities and practical experiments.Pupils enthusiastically using scientific terms and concepts relevant to the units.Experiments also helped develop pupils evaluative understanding, team working and discussion skills.Pupils were also able to engage in the wider social and ethical debates that some of the units stimulated such as the Water for All topic.
Evaluation SCRE CentreTeachers QuotesMy class and I have really enjoyed being part of this project and I feel it has had a positive impact on science engagement in and out of school.I believe I have developed my science teaching skills and will use more of an investigatory approach during some science teaching. I have also incorporated the experiments into the daily life of the classroom
A Teachers Perspective
ESESS Project TeamVic Lally, Principal Investigator, University of GlasgowAndrew Gallacher, University of GlasgowHeather Reid, ConsultantKevin Lowden, University of GlasgowStephen Boyle, University of GlasgowSusan Kelly, University of GlasgowAcknowledgementsAngela Speirs, St Ninians Primary SchoolPaul Manley, St Angelas Primary SchoolTeresa McErlean, Fox Covert Primary SchoolJoanne Dayer, Clober Primary SchoolGregor Steele & Hayley Sherrard, SSERCPaul Chambers, University of StrathclydeNicky Souter, University of Strathclyde