Funding to boost science attainment at schools in Bury All-Through Trust

Tollgate Primary School - The Bury All-Through Trust has been successful in obtaining funding of ?12,000 to improve attainment and raise aspirations in science and STEM subjects''Pictured: Pupils and project leader Hannah Brookman ANL-150607-124216009
Tollgate Primary School - The Bury All-Through Trust has been successful in obtaining funding of ?12,000 to improve attainment and raise aspirations in science and STEM subjects''Pictured: Pupils and project leader Hannah Brookman ANL-150607-124216009
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A group of schools have landed £12,000 to boost attainment in science, technology, engineering and maths.

The Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust has received one of seven bursaries available from the National Science Learning Network which will be used towards professional development in teaching.

The trust’s schools of Tollgate, Barrow, Howard, Horringer Court and Westley will work with Chilton Primary, in Stowmarket and Crawfords Primary, in Haughley on the initiative. The target groups will be Years 4 and 5 with a focus on those children eligible for the pupil premium and gifted and talented pupils.

Hannah Brookman, science lead at Tollgate and project lead, said: “This funding will provide professional development to the staff to ensure they are confident in teaching the new science curriculum and help them to embed scientific skills throughout STEM lessons.

“We hope our work with County Upper School and local businesses will inspire our students to engage with science throughout their education.”

Meanwhile, pupils at Tollgate have been learning about Hinduism as part of their studies about different religions.

There was a festival and parade to honour Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, and to celebrate a Diwali legend.

Children also enjoyed cooking and eating an Indian meal.

Verona Jones, RE leader, said: “This project is a valuable way of teaching in a fun way about the many diverse ways of life across the world.”