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BP Science Explorers supports primary science teaching

BP's Science Explorers is a collection of free curriculum-linked science learning materials for teachers

Posted by Lucinda Reid | June 13, 2017 | Teaching

BP is boosting support for science teaching in primary schools with the launch of Science Explorers, a brand new collection of free, curriculum-linked science learning materials, including an app for primary school pupils aged 5 to 11.

Science Explorers is specially designed for use by teachers who are not science specialists and takes a fun, interactive and whole-school approach. It has been developed in light of research showing demand among primary school teachers and pupils for additional science teaching support. 

The BP Educational Service is constantly responding to the changing needs of STEM educators in the UK

According to the CBI, one third (33%) of primary teachers lack confidence when teaching science and more than half (53%) feel science has become less of a priority in the last five years. The CBI also reports that the majority of primary teachers (62%) want more professional development to build their confidence with science teaching, while more than a third (39%) called for a science subject specialist within their school.

Science Explorers provides a clear and simple way to start engaging children in science from an early age. The resources are designed to give young people ownership of their own scientific investigations, showing science learning as a relevant, everyday experience.

Available to all UK teachers, Science Explorers will help teachers to run a Science Day or Week for their class or the whole school – whether teachers have a science background or not.

Samantha Bulkeley, UK Schools Education Manager for BP, said: “The BP Educational Service is constantly responding to the changing needs of STEM educators in the UK. Given the evidence of a lack of confidence among primary school teachers when delivering science lessons, we wanted to create new resources that are equally appealing for both science specialists and non-specialists in science teaching. Science Explorers can further support schools in the important task of engaging and inspiring young pupil in science from as early an age as possible.”

For more information, visit Science Explorers’ website or register with the BP Educational Service today to access the free resources and app.      

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