Annual Association for Science Education West of England conference
Bath Spa University
Saturday 17th November, 09:00 – 13:30.
Please see below for the programme outline, and the conference website for further information and to register.
9:00-9:30 Registration, refreshments & browse stands
9:30-9:45 Welcome & PSQM Awards
9:45-10:30 Keynote Professor Harry Mellor, Professor of Biochemistry
10:35-11:30 Workshop A Choice
11:30-12:10 Break & browse exhibition stands
12:10-13:05 Workshop B Choice
13:10-13:30 ASE Regional ABM
Keynote Professor Harry Mellor, Professor of Biochemistry Teaching height: the biology and sociology of cell growth
The biology of human growth offers a rich context to teach key aspects of cell biology. The visible outcome – height – has an immediacy to students across primary to secondary school ages. This engages students, but also requires care in maintaining an inclusive teaching environment. Societal attitudes to height, and especially to height and gender, present an opportunity to explore wider themes, and to explore the interface between biology and sociology.
Workshop A choices
Kids against plastic
Liz Southwell, St Barnabas Primary @MrsSLearns
Come and find out about the work of Amy and Ella Meek, who founded ‘Kids Against Plastic’ and who are passionate about inspiring young people to lead their schools and communities to becoming ‘Plastic Clever’. This session is based on the Kids Against Plastic ethos and principles, and uses their newly published learning resources, to consider how schools can become more ‘plastic clever’ and how this exciting new charity can become the focus and inspiration for science enquiry and investigation.
STEM in action: Scribble-bots
Pauline Rodger, Holt Primary
This workshop offers the opportunity to build and test a scribble-bot (simple robot). Ideas of how to embed this into a sequence of work and engage children with making predictions, testing ideas, problem-solving and controlling outcomes will be shared. Aimed mainly at KS2 but can be further developed and equally engaging for KS3.
A3: Cross phase:
Ellie Hart, Bristol University
A practical session introducing techniques for philosophical discussion in primary and secondary classrooms. Boost your students’ critical thinking, questioning and argumentation skills and find out about a resource recently developed by philosophers and science teachers that can be used to support discussion and consolidate core curriculum understanding.
Time to reflect on the reformed Science GCSEs
Sarah Old, Ofqual
Now that the reformed Science GCSEs have had their first award and teachers are preparing their second cohort of students for the examinations, come and hear from Sarah Old, Senior Manager in the Standards Team at Ofqual. It will also be an opportunity for you to share your experiences of the new curriculum and the first set of assessments.
Leading a successful secondary science department
Greg Seal, Abbeywood School @gregtheseal
and Helen Rogerson, Westonbirt School @hrogerson
Workshop B choices
TAPS: from Focused Assessment to whole school approach
Dr Sarah Earle, Bath Spa University @PriSciEarle
The Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project, now in its 6th year, has found that classroom Focused Assessment activities help start whole school development. This workshop will explore a range of practical activities to support the assessment of Working Scientifically, before considering how subject leaders can cascade this approach across the school.
Ditch the dirt
Bren Hellier, Practical Action @PA_Schools
Join Practical Action for a hands on workshop investigating ways of cleaning dirty water through filtering linked to the charities project work in Kenya.
B3 Cross phase
Working with science communicators & STEM Ambassadors
Laura Fogg-Rogers, University of the West of England @LauraFoggRogers
and Liz Lister, Graphic Science STEM Ambassador Hub @scarycurlgirl
Curiosity Connections Bristol is a new network to connect science teachers and science communicators working in the Bristol region. So how should science teachers best work with industry and external science enthusiasts both in and out of the classroom? This session outlines the resources available to support teachers in this area.
Biology from the farm
Debbie Hicks, LEAF Education
Food security, conservation, biodiversity, plant and animal diseases, farming techniques. These topics now have a high profile both in the media and in the new GCSE Biology specifications. Join this workshop to bring your knowledge up to date and explore ways of bringing these topics to life with your classes.
Language and literacy demands of secondary science
Amanda Fleck, Assistant Headteacher @AJTF71
Science is rich in complex language and this can be a barrier for many students at secondary school. Readability statistics show that new 9-1 science GCSEs have some of the highest readability scores of any of the current GCSEs. This session explores the implications of the language and literacy demands of science and discusses practical strategies to support teachers to help their students overcome these barriers.