Confidence in teaching science is key to achieving exciting lessons which create outstanding results. Empiribox recognise that only a small percentage of primary school teachers have a science background and that many often lack confidence teaching this subject. With the new National Curriculum asking schools to teach the scientific method as well as the basic science knowledge, many teachers feel at a loss as to what to do in classes.
The Empiribox system addresses these issues by giving full, CPD accredited training to teachers each term, designed to increase confidence and understanding of science. Every term we supply all the equipment for pupils, resources for teachers and ongoing support is available with our experienced team. Our system is cost effective at under £40 per pupil per year and means no more storing, purchasing or time spent lesson planning.
The outcomes of using our system are that teachers are gaining confidence with practical science, pupils are more engaged with lessons and schools are achieving outstanding results.
At the moment, the UK is lacking in STEM graduates and by 2020 there will be an estimated 2 million vacancies in science alone. Empiribox’s long term aim is to get more people doing science at university and to help fill these vacancies.
Children are natural scientists. Capturing their imaginations at the wonders of science at a young age is the crucial first step to reclaiming the UK’s post as leading in science. We have designed a system that makes it easy and stress free for primary schools to implement inspiring, thought-provoking science in their classrooms.
The Empiribox system goes over and above the National Curriculum requirements and is currently available for KS1 and KS2. It has been developed by teachers for teachers, resulting in an intimate understanding of teaching at primary level unavailable anywhere else.
Key Stage Two
Empiribox supplies you with the means to do 280+ fun, inspiring hands on experiments for children every week of the year. We provide equipment, lesson plans, support and teacher training in physics, chemistry and biology for the whole of KS2.
There are 12 complete SoW; 4 chemistry, 4 physics and 4 biology, with one taught for an entire term. This ensures children get in-depth exposure to each branch of science over the whole of KS2. The whole school teaches the same unit at the same time and lessons can be adapted to suit the year groups abilities.
Each unit has a primary and secondary focus. The primary focus for example, would be understanding chemical change e.g. reversible and non reversible reactions in chemistry with a secondary focus as planning within the scientific method. We’ve combined hands on science and practical knowledge to ensure pupils leave primary school with a solid skill-set, practical science understanding and a the burning desire to continue science at secondary school and hopefully beyond!
The system has massive cross-curricular impact, naturally flowing into numeracy, literacy and other subjects. Even pupils who don’t continue with science beyond the National Curriculum requirements will have gained skills that help them to achieve goals in whatever subjects they choose.
Key Stage One
The KS1 system works just the same as our KS2 system. All equipment and resources are supplied at the beginning of each term to guarantee outstanding lessons, plus all training and support for teachers.
Our experiments are designed to feel like playtime for KS1 pupils, as this is the most effective way for them to learn the basic science they need at such a young age. They will do exciting, hands-on practical activities every week and will get to see things that will make them fall in love with the world around them. Like our KS2 scheme, children will keep anything that they make enabling them to continue learning at home.
The two-year scheme consists of six units, with each topic directly linked to the National Curriculum. Pupils will learn physics, chemistry and biology so that they can seamlessly transition to KS2 science.
KS1 teachers will be amazed at the level of engagement pupils show, and the progress in their communication, observational and thinking skills.
The National Curriculum
“A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.” (National Curriculum standards 2013)
The core focus of the 2013 National Curriculum for science is an understanding of the scientific method and applying scientific principles to everyday life, rather than just acquiring facts.
For the full National Curriculum criteria, please click here.
With our experiments, we not only reach the National Curriculum standards, but expand and enrich it significantly. Through practical experimentation, children gain the understanding of a wide range of complex topics in science which help them explore how to apply the results to everyday life. We encourage teachers to use the proper terminology and vocabulary so that children get used to hearing and using these words correctly.
The National Curriculum requires records showing assessment and progress of pupils’ work. We provide assessment guides and pupil progress reports as part of the resources, and full training is given in these areas at the termly training sessions.
The Empiribox system is comprehensive; covering the fundamental science crucial for further education, as well as creating fun and exciting lessons which enthrall children.