To celebrate British Science Week schools in Hull and North Lincolnshire are benefiting from National Grid’s science equipment funding. The aim of the funding is to enable schools to improve their Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) teaching, and to encourage children to get involved in practical science activities while having fun learning.
Seven schools in Hull, including Hedon Primary School and Oldfleet Primary School, have been supported by National Grid with funding for science equipment. Last year, the funding allowed the children at Oldfleet Primary School to build wildlife habitats including a Bug Hotel and this year, the school is using the funding to build on this initiative and encourage children to get outdoors and have an interest in science outside of the curriculum.
In North Lincolnshire the funding has helped John Harrison C of E Primary School set up activities during Science Week including bringing in a speaker to explain about the careers children can go into which link STEM, as well as do some inspiring workshops which will allow the children to investigate and discover. The school has also purchased books which promote women working in science to inspire the female students to engage more with science as a subject.
Charlene Wellburn-Tallis, Science teacher at Oldfleet Primary School, said: “We are thrilled to receive Science Equipment Funding from National Grid for a second year. So far, the funding has helped us to create a more hands-on science curriculum which demonstrates science in real life situations, as well as connect our pupils with nature. The funding will help us further develop our science gardens into outdoor classrooms, as well as establish a lunch time club to encourage the children to engage with science outside of lesson time.”
Sophie Carrick, Year 3 Teacher and Science Lead at John Harrison C of E Primary School, said: “I would like to thank National Grid for providing our school with invaluable funding which is allowing us to get our pupils really excited about Science. We noticed that science, engineering and technology within our school didn’t have as big of a profile as we would like it to have and only a small number of children in our school want to pursue a career in this area. After asking the children to draw a scientist, we found out that all children thought this was a career only for men. The funding is allowing us to show our pupils how science links to a range of professions, how it has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity”.