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VIEW FROM THE CLASSROOM


VIEWFROMTHE CLASSROOM


MrsWrigley invited a representative from Emipiribox to meet with herself and a group of Liverpool Headteachers.


Having seen what Empiribox could offer, she was overwhelmed by the idea and knew that it would work really well here at Greenbank as we are always looking for innovative and exciting ways to delivering the primary curriculum.


Howwas it introd pupils?


How was it introduced to the teachers and pupils?


uced to the teachers and


We invited the Empiribox team to the school who talked to us in detail about the service and how it benefits both teachers and pupils.


Once we received the resources we trialled Empiribox with our year groups and it was an instant hit! Everyone was switched on and eager to participate during the entire lesson. It really got the children thinking and have a positive attitude towards the subject. Each term we are experiments, includi


ng professional resources, given a new set of


lesson plans and support to teach practical eive training from the e a term.


Empiribox team onc science.We also rec


Howoften s science taught?


differed as we have The duration of the


Children are now hours a week.


How often is science taught?i


always taught around two lesson times hasn’t really


asking us when the next


lesson will be and it is great to hear them telling other classes what they’re studying at the moment which means those pupils look forward to learning that too.


Howhas t helped pupils? How has it helped pupils?i


We have seen an incredible transformation throughout each year group. For us it’s not just about how excited they are for the lesson, but how their attitude towards discovery and


knowledge has evolved. They want to learn more about each module and aren’t afraid to ask questions.


Their scientific thinking has also really


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developed, and they’ve got to grips with the ‘Plan, Record and Evaluate’ way of learning which they will need as they progress throughout the school and then into Key Stage Three and Four. a parents evening and we


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received some fantastic feedback that the children are going home and raving about that day’s lesson and going into detail about what they have learnt. The parents are delighted to see how animated they have all become.


Howhas t helped teachers? How has it helped teachers?i


Our teachers are delighted with the introduction of Empiribox. Having the lesson plans, learning resources and training means they are able to deliver the science curriculum with confidence, bringing awe and wonder to the lesson. The children are highly engaged in the lessons and the teachers know they are receiving high science teaching.


The resources are sent to us in boxe ,


s. One box quality


covers two lessons and so one week the teacher will demonstrate and discuss the topic and then the next week the children get involved with the practical side using the Plan, Record and Evaluate method.


Teachers also have the flexibility to put their own spin on lessons and the work involved. Empiribox stress the importance of teachers using the correct science terminology and vocabulary. This means the children get used to hearing these words and are then able to use them correctly.


How are you measuring its success?i Obviously we have been able to identify the children’s positive behaviour and attitudes in class.We are also able to check their


Howare youmeasur ng its success?


understanding of learning using assessments which are provided by Empiribox.


We are currently in discussion with a local university who are interested in researching different approaches to teaching science and how we can measure the impact of teaching science in this way. It would be really interesting to see the results from this.


Howdo you think other schools could benefit fromthisway of learning?


How do you think other schools could benefit from this way of learning?


Having a ‘lesson in a box’ could help all schools, big or small, especially if resources are limited and also assist primary teachers who do not feel confident in delivering science lessons


This way of learning not only ensures you are meeting the curriculum, but also developing the children’s scientific way of thinking and helping to further their prospects. In addition, it creates excitement and makes learning fun which is important for everyone.


As a whole, how would you change the way science is taught in primary schools? I think there needs to be more emphasis on practical lessons. This is when you really capture the children’s imagination and they learn without really realising it - making it seem less like school! For science, the National Curriculum requires an understanding of scientific methods and applying scientific principles to everyday life, rather than just acquiring facts. I think this is really important so children realise why they are being taught this and how this is relevant to situations outside of the classroom.


As awhole, howwould you change theway science is taught in primary schools?


With Empiribox, it helps to expand and enrich our children’s knowledge whilst meeting the National Curriculum and supporting STEM education which is vital for furthering their prospects later in life.


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