Christina Quaine

Tes focus on…Science in primary

Cognitive developmental psychologist Professor Emily Farran is bridging the gap between neuroscience research and science teaching. Here she tells Christina Quaine how focusing on spatial skills and inhibitive thinking could transform the teaching of the subject in primary schools

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Primary school science has had a tough few years. Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has admitted that “schools’ understandable desire to ace the English and maths Sats has been squeezing the science curriculum out”. Meanwhile, funding pressures mean that schools don’t often have the equipment to successfully teach the subject. And then there is the fact that any science graduates tempted into teaching tend to favour secondary school positions.

It’s little surprise, then, that just 23 per cent of 10- and 11-year-olds reached the expected standard in science, according to 2017 government ...

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