Manor Primary School teacher Amy Woolgar has been recognised as an outstanding science teacher and presented with a prestigious award.
The Primary Science Teaching Trust presents only ten to twelve of the Primary Science Teacher Awards each year and Manor pupils gathered to see their science leader honoured yesterday.
Dr Martin Hollins, a trustee from the Primary Science Teaching Trust, presented Amy with her certificate after hearing the school’s science ambassadors talking about some of the work being done within the school.
Manor headteacher Margaret Coleman had recommended Amy for the award and the trust sent an assessment team to watch the teacher at work and make a judgement of the impact she makes in science at the school.
In addition to receiving the recognition of the quality of her work the trust will encourage Amy to take part in a virtual college with funding available towards her own professional development, and to help enthuse other teachers through meetings and projects.
All award winners – the scheme has been running for 15 years – are invited also invited to a conference once a year.
Two of the science initiatives adopted at Manor thanks to Amy’s enthusiasm are the introduction of science ambassadors, and a project providing each class with a science rucksack containing equipment children can take home to conduct their own experiments.
Equipment includes a thermometer, magnifying glass, measuring cylinders, microscope, and petri dishes. Children write up their experiments and accompany them with photographs.
The science ambassadors apply for their roles, filling in an application form and saying why they would like to do the job.
Amy said one of the ambassadors had written: “I want to make science big in this school” and that was a very good answer.
• Manor Primary School was awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver Level last month. Jane Turner, national director of the awarding body said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school.
“The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud”.