Five primary schools in the Abingdon area have achieved national recognition for their commitment to improving science teaching and learning by the Ogden Trust. The Abingdon Primary Partnership is being co-ordinated by the Abingdon Science Partnership at Abingdon School, with additional support from Fitzharrys School. The five primaries involved are Long Furlong, Caldecott, St.Edmund’s, Thomas Reade and Benson. The Ogden Trust provides each of the schools with a set of free science equipment and a day of hands on training for their science co-ordinators. In addition they will share a £2500 grant to run projects over the coming school year and will have access to national training events and conferences.
The Abingdon Primary Partnership was officially launched on 5 October when the Ogden Trust’s National Primary Co-ordinator, Wendy Cox, visited Abingdon School’s Yang Science Centre to launch the local ‘Fizz Lab’ facility, where local primary schools will be able to attend workshops and use a fully equipped science lab for science lessons. Speaking about the partnership, Wendy Cox said,
“The Ogden Trust is pleased to establish Abingdon School as a local and regional hub for the development of Primary Science. We look forward to working closely with all schools in the Abingdon Primary Science Partnership. One of the greatest impacts will be the development of science pedagogy through the Trust’s investment in primary science training and development. Each school in the Abingdon partnership will receive top quality CPD and resources in Forces, Light & Sound, Earth & Space and Electricity. We hope that the profile of science will rise significantly across all schools and that the teaching and learning of science (particularly physics) will be more hands on, investigative and practical, thereby engaging the young learners.”
The first partnership event was the training day for the science co-ordinators, held at the Yang Science Centre on 13 October. The training was led by Jackie Flaherty, Ogden Trust Teaching Fellow and Head of Physics at Chipping Campden Academy. The primary teachers received their free resources, a set of ten lesson plans and full training in how to use them to maximise the impact on their pupils’ learning and enjoyment of science.
Jeremy Thomas, Abingdon Science Partnership Co-ordinator, commented:
‘This is a fantastic opportunity for local schools to work together in promoting the importance of science, particularly Physics, in our local community. So many internationally renowned science facilities are right here on our doorstep, giving our local children unprecedented access to careers in high tech industries, at the cutting edge of research and development. This Partnership will be an important step in ensuring that they have the ability to pursue these opportunities in the future.’
The Ogden Trust Schools Partnerships:
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