Who are we?
At Alexandra Park Primary School, we are passionate about improving the life chances for all our children. One way we achieve this is through our Aspire Programme, which every child is part of. This programme is about creating chances for our children to gain experiences, work with people from a range of industries and have opportunities that will inspire them to go on and create a better future for themselves. We do this in the arts, business, sport and science.
Why is Science important?
According to the UK Commission for Employment & Skills, 43% of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) vacancies are hard to fill. This might not seem like a problem that primary schools can fix but it has been suggested by that 'Young children might already be turned off a career in STEM before they even reach secondary school.' (Helena Pozniak, Telegraph)
How can we improve our science teaching?
Currently our equipment and facilities are a barrier to improving science. Every year, after the high school transition day, the main thing the children talk about is what they did in the science lab. We want them to have this awe and wonder in every science lesson and not have to wait until high school and to achieve this.
What we want to spend money on?
In order to provide the best possible scientific learning experience, we are going to convert a currently under-used classroom into a science lab where children will be taught science lessons with practical resources ready to hand for every lesson. This will allow teachers to devote more time and attention to the children working scientifically and developing their enquiring minds.
The lab will be equipped with tables and stools which promote collaboration and team-work. Additional storage around the classroom will allow all the resources to be visible to the children and through effective labelling, the children will develop their scientific language. The walls will be decorated with a combination of permanent, inspirational displays, subject-specific displays, working scientifically walls and the children's own work.
Any contribution you can make towards this will have a direct impact on children's learning and love of science.