Primary 5-7 pupils in Sir E Scott School on Harris have this session benefited from a block of weekly Gaelic Medium science sessions with a specialist Biology teacher. These hands-on lessons were very well received and have no doubt helped pupils to develop a scientific mindset at an early age.
The science enrichment block was rounded up with an online VScene session where Charlie Stewart, from Skills Development Scotland, engaged pupils in team exercises and gave them an overview of STEM career opportunities.
This was then followed by a Q & A session with Dòmhnall Iain MacDonald, a Neuroscience PhD student at University College London. Pupils were fascinated by Dòmhnall Iain’s research, working with people who are unable to feel pain, and enjoyed the session so much that they continued asking questions right through their morning break! The million-pound microscope on display in the London lab drew particular interest.
Speaking about the project, the Biology teacher Joan Cumming said: “Undoubtedly e-Sgoil delivery can enrich the primary experience. The purpose of this project is to increase the availability of science learning in classrooms and to improve the confidence of teachers to deliver science of a particular quality. Ensuring that resources were developed and made available for teachers delivering science through Gaelic was also a key priority.”
This link will take you to a short interview with the teacher, Joan Cumming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZT-ZwHD_Hs&feature=youtu.be