Academic Collaborator: Queens university, Belfast


BACKGROUND

Queen’s University has developed and sustained three significant projects to support the delivery of the science content in ‘the world around us’ strand of the Northern Ireland primary curriculum.

  1. Project 500 is a reading-for-pleasure challenge based on science information books and science rich fiction.
  2. The Newswise project develops skills to be able to read science news with a critical eye.
  3. The outdoor learning project has raised awareness of the opportunities and benefits that the outdoor classroom can bring.

More information for teachers can be found in the project guides below.

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Running a Science Reading Challenge: a guide for teachers [714.68kB]

Click here to download a free teacher resource pack for promoting science reading for interest and enjoyment, developed by Queen's Univeristy Belfast.

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New Approaches to Science Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom [6.20MB]

Click here to download a free teacher resource pack for science in the outdoor classroom, developed by Queen's Univeristy Belfast.

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IMPACT

  • Over 50 schools have added specific units of work on a science topic or issue in the news to their science curriculum
  • Project 500 has established a reading culture in schools
  • Children participating in Project 500 won a regional Youth and Future Talent Award

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Key areas:

  • Using teacher collaboration in the development of environmental science activities for the outdoor classroom
  • Children’s response to science books and to science in the news

Project 500 Newsletters

Download the Project 500 Newsletters below for more information about activity during the project.

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P500 Spring 2015 newsletter [2.70MB]

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P500 Summer 2015 Newsletter [10.43MB]

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P500 Autumn 2015 Newsletter [3.97MB]

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P500 Spring 2016 Newsletter [2.38MB]

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P500 Summer 2016 Newsletter [3.76MB]

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P500 Autumn 2016 newsletter [3.20MB]

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P500 Spring 2017 Newsletter [6.93MB]

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P500 Summer 2017 Newsletter [27.90MB]

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CONTACT

Contact details: Billy McClune w.mcclune@qub.ac.uk

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