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.