On Tuesday, CIEC ran another successful Thinking, Doing, Talking Science day. Thirty teachers from Lincolnshire and beyond came to Bishop Grosseteste University to learn more about this exciting project, and how it could help to improve outcomes in their school.
The project has been developed by Helen Wilson of Oxford Brookes and Bridget Holligan of Science Oxford. It supports teachers to develop children's higher order thinking skills and science understanding through a mixture of practical activities and opportunities to explore and discuss their ideas with each other. This is the second year that CIEC have been involved with the project. Joy Parvin and Jane Winter run the sessions in Lincolnshire and Nicky Waller and Jenny Harvey run them in Middlesborough.
So far feedback from teachers has been very positive. They say that it has improved their own enjoyment of teaching science and has increased children's engagement.
Early results also suggest that there is a significant improvement in children's outcomes, although there is no data from the latest phase of the trial yet. In the meantime we are just having fun doing science with so many enthusiastic teachers.