the mid ulster primary partnership for education and teaching science cluster
A PSTT Cluster Network in Northern Ireland.
The original five schools have a supportive and proactive history. Through the Programme the group have included four additional schools to form a PSTT Cluster. Building upon past successes and encompassing new ideas, the new group will support one another to future success in the develop of science in their area and beyond.
Cluster Lead: Lesley Hunter
The nine, current, participating schools are listed below. Please complete the Contact Us form if you wish to discuss any potential involvement with this Cluster.
St Columba’s Primary School
2 Duncastle Road, Newbuildings, Derry
Anahorish Primary School
120 Deerpark Rd, Toomebridge, Antrim BT41 3SS
Moneymore Primary School and Nursery Unit
15 Northland Dr, Moneymore, Magherafelt BT45 7QT
Churchtown Primary School
36 Muff Rd, Cookstown BT80 9XA
Gaelscoil na Speirini
82 Sixtowns Rd, Draperstown, Magherafelt BT45 7BB
46 Ballyronan Rd, Magherafelt BT45 6EN
Sperrinview Special School
8 Coalisland Rd, Dungannon BT71 6FA
Knockloughrim Primary School
337 Hillhead Rd, Knockcloghrim, Magherafelt BT45 8QT
Castledawson Primary School
72 Main Street, Magherafelt, Londonderry, BT45 8AB
The group had several ideas but on discussion it was decided that, to start with, we will focus on:
Providing and promoting science based intergenerational and community activities which would provide cross curricular links in topic work.
Teachers would have suitable CPD to improve skills and confidence relevant to the NI curriculum
Prepared resources and ideas would be disseminated to less confident colleagues.
Improve teaching colleagues’ skills and confidence in science
Increase pupils’ enthusiasm and engagement in science
Improve science capital for all stakeholders
Link science learning to contemporary issues
Improve home/school links and build a supportive community
Teachers have expressed a need to fully understand what enquiry-based learning looks like in the classroom and how it fits with current curriculum directives. This would be addressed with suitable CPD using PSTT resources as and when appropriate.
Many parents have science related jobs and we hope to utilise these people, by inviting them into schools and to then highlight classroom activities related to their field of expertise
Community groups made up of retired people have already been approached to share their knowledge and practical skills in a classroom situation and we will roll this out further.