Works like a charm

2nd November 2007 at 00:00
How do you get pupils to join a science club? Sally Crowe says make it practical fun.Wanting to share my love of practical science, I launched the Magical Science Club at my school. Word soon spread that the club was about "hands-on science", using real scientific equipment. The club has now spilled into two evenings a week and has 70 full-time members. Why? Pupils can get stuck in, ask questions and are able to run with an idea and try things.

With key stage Sats becoming ever more dominated by scientific inquiry, there's no better time to dust off the test tubes and stock up on filter paper. Practical science lessons are easier to manage than most of us fear.

Pre-organised science teams with every pupil wearing a role badge helps remind them, and me, of what they should be doing. Access to a digital camera to record evidence gives the pupils an incentive to get results and prevents less able writers being hindered by the traditional write-up.

Ensure pupils see science as real: letters from companies, news articles, even nutritional information from packaging all stimulate interest

Sally Crowe is an Advanced Skills Teacher in primary science at Latchmere School in Kingston upon Thames.

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