Category: d) Science Education

Please click the link below to download a copy of an essay I wrote during my PGCE on the role of practical work in primary science education. Comments/questions very welcome 🙂


Practical Work in Science Education by Jon Chippindall


Below is a short video we made for our class assembly about the affect acid has on your teeth…

First week and we nearly have the chassis built. Next week we are starting on the front axle.

For the past 6 weeks, myself and the rest of the STEM club bunch, have been waiting in eager anticipation for the arrival of the Goblin Go Kart which we ordered. Today it arrive 🙂

First thing was to unpack the boxes and check we received everything we should have (pic below), and I’m pleased to say we did, which means building work will start shortly and we should be up and racing soon – stay tuned for picture updates.



All of Year 6 did a fantastic job working together in teams  to build their ‘Crumpsall Racers’ during National Science and Engineering Week. There could, however, only be one winning team and that was team ‘Ma SHEEN’!Very well done to all team ‘Ma SHEEN’ members, who completed the 6 lap race in the quickest time of all the groups.

Here is a picture of team ‘Ma SHEEN’s’ winning racer and a video beneath of it’s test run.



Scientific communities, whether academic or industrial, centre, in part, around the publication and critiquing of research findings. It is this process of undertaking, preparing and publishing investigations for peer assessment which helps maintain standards of research and which spawns ideas for further studies as we construct learning as communities.

‘We Love Science’ aims to replicate this foundation of the ‘adult’ science world for children, by publishing peer reviewed papers detailing science investigations undertaken at school.

Schools will first submit their papers, either word processed or hand written, and these will be swapped with participating schools for ‘peer review’. Following the outcome of the peer review (e.g. making any changes or additions required) the papers will be compiled, published in electronic form and a copy sent to all participating schools – it may be possible to produce professional paper copies at a small cost; more details to follow.

We Love Science aims to publish some of the most creative science experiments going on in schools across the UK so please get in touch!

If you wish to participate please email Jon  –

Many thanks,



To finish our volcanoes project, we all made one! Here is Mount Chipmunk erupting with the full force or baking powder, vinegar and red food colouring.

I was very excited to receive a copy this week of the ASE’s Primary Science journal as it contains my first education paper. The paper explains my use of Survey Monkey, a free online survey website, in the classroom as a form of multi-response tool. See picture below.

I was very pleased with the picture they chose for the first page too – hope it’s not suppose to me!

I’ve been wanting to do this one for a while…

Well done to all the teams involved in the egg challenge. We will fire the rockets again when slightly nicer weather arrives and I don’t have to pump quickly before they fall over on the launch pad!

Below is an action shot of one of the launches which Mrs Owens kindly took -it appears the parachute has come out a little early!