Primary schools in Manchester are invited to express their interest in the project here by Friday 2 November.
What is it?
Through first-hand and behind-the-scenes explorations of how the core elements of ‘working scientifically’ in the real-life setting of Manchester Museum, this project will place the role of science communicator into the hands of the children themselves. Pupils will author, storyboard – and some will star in and edit – short films demonstrating their scientific understanding, which will be showcased at the SEERIH Great Science Share in summer 2019.
Participating teachers will co-plan with project with other local education and science professionals, informed by training in the autumn term and supported by an advisory group including a Primary Science Teaching Trust Fellow, SEERIH and the Museum.
This is a great opportunity for an NQT or RQT looking to enhance their science teaching, or for a more experienced teacher looking to develop their practice beyond the classroom.
What are the benefits for my school?
- Develop their understanding of real-world ‘working scientifically’ and into careers in Science, Culture and Higher Education.
- Learn how to storyboard and write dialogue for non-fiction films.
- Gain an insight into the professional processes involved in
- Advance their pedagogical understanding of real-world ‘working scientifically’ through collaboration with a Primary Science Teaching Trust Fellow.
- Develop digital literacy skills for teaching and learning, including how to teach storyboarding, scripting, and editing.
- Connect and collaborate with education and science specialists from the University of Manchester and beyond.
Your school will:
- Benefit from a fully-funded, unique, behind-the-scenes visit to Manchester Museum for pupils, and CPD for the project teacher.
- Be credited as co-authors of films that will be available to Manchester Museum’s 30,000+ annual school visitors.
- Receive priority bookings for the Great Science Share.
- Engage with parents and other pupils by hosting a Science Week event showcasing the pupils’ work (with the option of doing this through the Inflatable Museum)
- Receive a £250 bursary to cover some of the costs associated with the project.
Who is it for?
Primary schools in Manchester, particularly those in neighbouring Council wards to the University, are invited to express their interest in the project here by Friday 2 November. The project is aimed at Years 3-4 but interest from Year 5-6 will be considered. Between 6 and 32 pupils may take part per school, and we expect to be able to work with five different schools.
What does my school commit to?
- Release for the lead teacher (as a minimum) on 19 November 2019 for a CPD and project planning day at the museum.
- Some classroom activity led by your teachers (expected minimum 3 lessons – to be discussed at the CPD day)
Project timescales (draft)
19 November 2018: Teacher CPD and project planning (including a half day from SEERIH on ‘working scientifically’ in primary science, and interactive, behind-the-scenes activity at the museum)
January-February 2019: Discovery (Half) Days for pupils at the Museum
February-March 2019: Storyboarding and scripting in school
March 2019: Science Week
April-May 2019: Production days at the Museum
June 2019: Great Science Share Premier Event / Optional School Premier Events
For more information please contact Amy McDowall, Primary Learning Coordinator at Manchester Museum, on firstname.lastname@example.org / 0161 275 7357.