Complete Primary Bulletin 85.

Breaking the fall; what a drag!

Do you think when a person jumps out of a plane from a very high altitude, they have ever wondered how their parachute works or how it’s going to slow them down to a safe landing speed? Why does a parachute break the free fall so well and what design features are most important in slowing the descent?

UV lights in primary schools

We occasionally get queries from primary schools asking for advice on buying ultraviolet (UV) light sources. The short answer is “Don’t.” Here’s why.

SSERC professional learning courses

Our professional development courses range from twilight events, day-courses through to residential meetings lasting up to 6 days in total. Our curriculum coverage spans both primary and secondary sectors and we off er events for teachers as part of their career long professional learning, newly qualified teachers and technicians. Many of our events receive funding from the ENTHUSE awards scheme or the Scottish Government.

Complete Primary Bulletin 86

Let’s Talk bogs

What is peat? How do peat bogs form? Where can peat bogs be found? Why do peat bogs need to be protected? The ‘Let’s Talk’ series of discussion activities are resources that promote discussion skills on a wide variety of topics. Let’s Talk bogs aims to provide teachers with a resource which will help them to raise some of the environmental science issues relating to the preservation of peat bogs with their pupils.

ENTHUSE Celebration Awards

SSERC was delighted to host the Scottish ENTHUSE Celebration Awards 2019 at the Engine Shed in Stirling on 14th May 2019. These awards celebrated excellence in STEM education in Primary & Secondary schools, in school leadership and for technicians and support staff . The event allowed SSERC to commend the commitment of the winners to professional learning and the impact that it has had on them, their pupils and their school.

Digital skills at SSERC

We are delighted to report that, with support from the government, we are able to deliver digital skills training across both primary and secondary sectors. A new Digital Skills Education Officer is in post and with the support of the Digital Team in Education Scotland, we have been able to off er a range of digital skills courses.

The Young STEM Leader (YSL) Programme: Inspiring and developing young people through STEM

A new Scottish programme which will give children and young people the chance to develop their personal skills through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is being piloted this month (June).

SSERC in Partnership with The Scottish Childminding Association

At SSERC we pride ourselves on providing excellent STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) focused Career Long Professional Learning (CLPL) opportunities for educators across Scotland. From the early years all the way through to college we support teachers, classroom assistants and technicians to keep up-to-date and improve their knowledge and skills. Now we are delighted to be extending our work to provide childminders in Scotland with STEM training and resources in partnership with the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA).

Complete Primary Bulletin 87

A bundle of bubbles

What is a bubble? We all recognise bubbles when we see them, but can you describe one? A bubble is a sphere of liquid filled with gas – in this article we are going to focus on soap bubbles. A soap bubble is a thin, sphere-shaped film of soapy water that is filled with gas.

The Young STEM Leader (YSL) Programme: Inspiring and developing young people through STEM

Excitement, interest and positivity around the YSL Programme continues to grow across Scotland. The pilot phase is now underway with hundreds of young people all over the country preparing to create and lead inspirational STEM activities, events and interactions in their schools, community and youth groups.

SSERC professional learning courses

Our professional development courses range from twilight events, day-courses through to residential meetings lasting up to 6 days in total.

Complete Primary Bulletin 88.

More marvellous magnets

Exploration with magnets is an exciting way to provide opportunities for learners to plan investigations and apply their knowledge to solve practical problems. In SSERC Bulletin 81 we outlined a variety of ideas for practical science inquiry using magnetism as the focus.

The Young STEM Leader (YSL) Programme: Inspiring and developing young people through STEM

Introducing the first Young STEM Leaders to complete the programme in Scotland.

Primary Science Teaching Awards

SSERC were delighted to support the Primary Science Teaching Trust’s hugely successful Primary Science Education Conference (PSEC) – held in Edinburgh in June 2019.