Thursday, December 20, 2012
Over the last 6 years, BOC - the UK’s largest supplier of industrial gases and engineering solutions, has donated £20,000 to science projects in local schools through its sponsorship of the BOC-NEPIC Industrial and School Environmental Awards. These are presented at the NEPIC Annual Awards Dinner in January each year.
This year, a wide range of excellent environmental projects were put forward by schools across the north east of England. The entries were judged by CCI Advisory Teacher Nicky Waller and representatives from BOC. The winner has just been announced as Kader Primary School in Middlesbrough who plan to develop large areas of their school grounds into a learning environment and wildlife area in order to provide curriculum enrichment for all children.
The project was developed by the children themselves, they built a model and they presented part of their application by video. It was clear that they were committed to using the £2,000 prize money to bring the garden into being.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Below is some feedback from Professor Ye Zhaoning after the three day course that Joy Parvin and Gayle Pook delivered in Southeast University, Nanjing, in November.
Teachers participating gave positive feedback. 90% of the teachers felt much satisfied with the content, activities and training methods, and gained a lot. Context, on-going assessment and talking strategies were the most important ideas [that] teachers learned and would like to practice during their work in the future. Differences between the education systems of China and the UK were also interesting. Joy and Gayle’s comments on teachers’ lesson resources were particularly helpful. “Joy and Gayle are very professional. We’re much moved by their dedication.” Participants said, “Thank them and LBD project for giving us such a wonderful opportunity to learn about new teaching and learning strategies, and we hope to take part in this kind of workshops again.”
Professor Ye Zhaoning (left, pictured during her stay in York) hosted the three day course in Nanjing