Speakers and visits

To promote enthusiasm and encourage learning in science and maths, it is important to find novel ways to motivate and inspire students’ interest.

Two obvious ways to try engaging students are organising for an external speaker (not a teacher) to come in to school or arranging a visit to a site or centre that is particularly relevant to the specific part of the curriculum you are currently teaching.

“There are two sides to every school trip”, says Jane Stewart in Teachers Magazine. “The first is seeing the curriculum coming alive, so pupils get to touch and smell the ecology they learn about in the classroom. The second runs just as deep. It’s about the children’s confidence, their self-esteem, the whole child – they come back different children.”

You may also want to consider running an enhancement and enrichment (E&E) activity to extend the regular curriculum into the world outside.  There is a huge range of E&E activities on offer including competitions, teaching resources in a variety of media, debates and simulations.  Many of these can be delivered by external agencies or offer resources for schools to run the activity themselves.  A set of E&E directories have been set up to help schools and colleges find activities to suit their needs, these and related information and advice can be found at: www.stemdirectories.org.uk

The information in these Future Morph pages will be useful to refer to when organising for an external speaker to come in to school or when arranging a visit outside school and covers:

  1. How to find a good speaker
  2. How to make the best use of your speaker
  3. Persuading an organisation to send a speaker to your school
  4. Taking your group out to a science centre or science establishment
  5. Health and Safety – Risk assessment and Child protection issues

 

You may also find ‘Successful Science Trips’, an article produced by The Royal Horticultural Society, useful to refer to (see below).