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We offer two versions of this exciting programme
CASCADE is for trainee teachers
SPLATS is for secondary school students
Secondary students present a series of science activities to primary pupils. This project brings together secondary schools and their local primary schools to enjoy an exciting practical science day.
The benefits of this project are:
Each activity also generates resources for the primary school teachers for follow-up work.
Eighteen sixth-form students present six workshop sessions to six classes of Y5 pupil and their teachers. This would all be hosted on the secondary school site.
Day 1: the students are trained to present science workshops.
Day 2: pupils meet the students and enjoy an action-packed day of workshop sessions.
Variations are possible, for example:
having more than one event day;
involving Y9 or Y10 students instead of sixth-formers;
involving more secondary students;
taking the workshops into local primary schools;
involving younger primary pupils.
Recent successful SPLATS projects have been held in Doncaster, Luton, Sutton and other places across the UK.
The cost of one SPLATS Project (comprising one training day, one event day and all materials) is £1800 plus VAT. This assumes up to 180 primary pupils participating in KS2 workshops. Variations (including extra event days) can be costed accordingly.
Further event days can be added at £600 (+VAT) per day.
"An excellent project that both sets of students gained a lot from. The greatest improvement was in the students confidence in their own presentation and communication skills.
I would recommend it. It achieved all that I had hoped it would do but in a number of areas exceeded my expectations."
"I really enjoyed the training we received; it was fun, enjoyable and I learnt a lot from the experience. I enjoyed it so much that when our teacher suggested that we could progress our skills further by teaching other year groups I wanted to be involved. In science club myself and a group of friends tried out some experiments and activities that we thought were suitable for year 4s.
"The science club then when into primary schools .The activities that were delivered were based around a space theme. We did two activities: the first experiment that was done was designing, making and racing balloon rockets. The Y4s really love this activity. They were really engaged and enthusiastic and thrived on the competitiveness of the activity.
"The second activity was designing and making an Aerial. We made this a little harder for them as we only gave them a budget of a thousand pounds. The Y4s also loved this as it gave them the independence of managing their money and thinking ahead of what they needed to make their Aerial
"I would really encourage anybody who is thinking about doing SPLATS to try it; the experience was an unforgettable one and I really thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it."
Paige from Hall Cross School , Doncaster
This is a two-day practical science course for trainee teachers. It has been run successfully for fifteen years with students from many universities including Kings College London, Christ Church Canterbury, Sheffield Hallam and Warwick.
CASCADE provides experience and confidence in teaching practical, investigative science.
The first day is a training day and the second allows the students to work with local primary pupils. It can take place at any point of the teacher training course.
“My confidence in teaching science has increased significantly, and I have gained some great ideas as to how I can introduce scientific skills within my own teaching.”
“The activities chosen demonstrated excellent practice, were highly sound in terms of educational pedagogy and were in line with the most recent OFSTED guidance. All the children were able to engage with the tasks set, yet there was ample opportunity to extend beyond this.”
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