• Question: What equipment would you buy and how will this enhance the children's learning?

    Asked by ehouchell to Jodie, Mark on 23 Mar 2011 in Categories: . This question was also asked by sophieawills, mike534.
    • Photo: Mark Hill

      Mark Hill answered on 19 Mar 2011:

      Hello EHouchell and Sophie,

      A very good question. It is also one for which I don’t have sufficient space to write a full shopping list, nor is it for me to decide the equipment that would best enhance science education within the school.

      There are some 400 children at the school, from reception, through to year 6, with two classes per year group. However, I would ask that the money provides equipment for years 4, 5, and 6, as those are the earliest years that I feel this money can really have an effect, on grabbing the interst of young scientists.

      The other issue is that I am not a teacher, especially of junior and primary year young scientists, so it would not really be right for me to spend the money on what I feel the school would like, rather than the teachers, who have a good idea of the equipment that would best support thier lessons, and yet make their science more fun.

      This could be anything from measuring devices, electrical/magnetic experiments, bug collection and viewing equipment, weather station instruments, in fact, anything that would inspire young scientists.

      I hope that I have given you a fair reply to your very valid question.

      Thank you.


    • Photo: Jodie Dunnett

      Jodie Dunnett answered on 23 Mar 2011:

      The “kits” enable teachers to set up forensic-related experiments in the classroom. Hopefully this will help to engage the students in science a bit more and encourage them to pursue it at A-Level and beyond.