Winning School Profiles.
St Paul's Junior National School, Ayrfield, Malahide Road, Dublin 13
We believed it to be a very worthwhile scheme that would provide an impetus for a whole school approach to the teaching and learning of Science and Maths. It’s also great to get recognition by way of the award at the end of the year.
We are more likely to do the hands on experiments and to record our science activities in a more structured way so that we will have them to submit for AOSME. It has also encouraged us to display and showcase the results of our work to parents.
Regarding DPSM activities, different classes have different favourites among which are the dancing raisins, design a bridge, design a boat and rocket launch. The activity movies are also a fun and exciting way of presenting activities to our classes.
The children most enjoy the hands-on activities. The children enjoy them because they provide an opportunity for them to think creatively, to work collaboratively and to experiment. It also gives them the opportunity to work through their ideas and to discuss the results of their experiments with their teacher and classmates and to record their results and then to see their work displayed.
Top tips for success in AoSME are:
- Get every class involved.
- Appoint a co-ordinator at the beginning of each year.
- Divide up the workload and book speaker/school trip early.