Sats: One in Five Pass Science Sample Test

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Science sample test results show far lower pass rate than teacher assessment

primary science

Just one in five pupils (21.2 per cent) reached the expected standard in the key stage 2 science Sats tests, new figures reveal.


The test results from 2018 are way below the 82 per cent of pupils at the expected standard when assessed by teachers in the same year.

While teacher assessments in science were carried out for all Year 6 pupils, around 500,000 children, the science tests are a sample of around 9,500 pupils.

The science tests are taken every two years. The most recent tests were taken in 2018 and the results, out today, show that the numbers reaching the expected standard have dropped slightly from 2016, when 22.3 per cent of pupils reached the expected standard.

Today’s results also reveal no significant difference in the proportion of boys and girls reaching the expected standard, but just 9.4 per cent of pupils eligible for free school meals reached the standard compared with 23.3 per cent of non-free school meals pupils.

The science tests consist of a number of questions comprising 330 marks, which are then split into 15 booklets (five on biology, five on chemistry and five on physics) of 22 marks each.

Each pupil completes one booklet in each of biology, chemistry and physics.


If you would like Mother Nature Science to help raise practical science standards at your school, visit our After-School Science Club Page Here 


By Helen Ward on 18 July 2019 – Original Article 

Ofsted reports review, primary science teaching research

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Report summary

Review of Ofsted school inspection reports 2017 to 2018

In England, science is a core subject which must be taught to all children in primary and secondary schools. Despite this, in recent years performance measures have focused more on maths and English, with science receiving less consideration.

This review looks at how often Ofsted school inspection reports commented on science between September 2017 and July 2018.

What’s inside

  • Facts and figures on how often Ofsted reports mention science

Who this is for

  • UK policy makers
  • anyone who wants to understand how science is reviewed by Ofsted inspectors

To understand how science is reviewed by Ofsted inspectors, we analysed their reports for 2017 to 2018 and compared how frequently the word ‘science’ was used, compared to ‘maths’ in particular.

Key findings

  • Mentions of science in primary school inspection reports have increased over the years. In 2017-18 it was mentioned in 61% of reports. This is still much less than maths, which was mentioned in 100% of reports.
  • In secondary school inspection reports, mentions of science increased to 87%. This is only 12% behind maths.
    Ofsted inspections should contribute to raising the quality of science in schools. Every effort should be made to ensure science is mentioned in all short and full inspection reports, and this equals mentions of maths and English. This is a critical part of the accountability system and will help to highlight the importance of science to schools and teachers.
  • Hands-on, practical science is an invaluable part of science education. All Ofsted reports, especially full inspection reports, should comment on the quality and quantity of a school’s provision of investigative or experimental science work.
If you would like to find out more about how to raise the visibility of primary science learning at your school Click here 
Read the full report Here

Primary science teaching – from the staff and from pupils’ points of view

Is science-specific CPD really worth it? Our continued research into primary science teaching shows strong connections between pupils’ attitudes to science and the practice and expertise of their science leaders. These reports dive deeper into teachers’ interviews around the “State of the Nation” research published in 2017, and look at pupils’ views of science.

Read What pupils think of science in primary schools
Read Understanding the State of the Nation report of UK primary science education

Courtesy: The Wellcome Trust, original post here

Best Holiday Camp Workshops – Hoop Awards Winner 2019 – Mother Nature Science

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Winner ‘Best Holiday Camp Workshops’ – Hoop Awards 2019 

Over 100,000 votes were cast in the 2019 Hoop Awards to find the UK’s favourite kids activities and celebrate the people and organisations that go above and beyond to entertain, educate and inspire your children!

Mother Nature Science were voted Best Holiday Workshops  family activity organisers in London for 2019 below!

Visit the Holiday Science Activity Camps Homepage Here 

We were in great company as other winners included:

Thank you to everyone who voted for us!


Team Mother Nature Science 

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British Science Week 2020 – Mother Nature Science Workshops

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In-School Science Workshops and Assembly Shows
British Science Week 2020 – Booking Now
06 – 15 March 2020

Each year for British Science Week, Mother Nature Science visit Primary Schools presenting our fun, hands-on and enquiry based In-School Science Day Workshops, for years Reception to Year 6.

We take all the hassle and stress out of organising science week workshops for teachers – and make it an unforgettable science-week experience to remember for pupils.

Exciting News for  2020, we are delighted to confirm:

•  The Official Theme British Science Week 2020 will be “Our Diverse Planet’”
Yes, our Boffins will be designing a new workshop day topic in line with the Official Theme (every year since 2007), but don’t let that get in the way of reserving your date.

• The official dates run from 06-15 March 2020 – which are already starting to fill up – don’t miss out!

Reserve your Date Here or find out more just scroll down or drop us a quick call on 020 8863 8832

British Science Week Funding 2020

Applications for British Science Week 2020 are now open!

There are two grant schemes available to support British Science Week (6-15 March 2020) activities: one for schools and one for community groups.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 11 November 2019.

We cannot consider applications received after this date.

Kick Start Grants

This scheme offers grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own events as part of British Science Week. There are four options available:

  • Kick Start Youth grant: A grant of £150 for your school to run an activity organised by students aged 10-19
  • Kick Start grant: A grant of £300 for your school to run an activity for students at your school
  • Kick Start More grant: A grant of £700 for your school to run an activity which involves your students and the local community
  • NEW! Kick Start grant + Youth grant: A grant of £450 for your school to run an activity for British Science Week as well as an additional activity organised and delivered by students aged 10-19

Find out more and apply here.

Community Grants

This scheme offers £500 to £1000 grants for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity. Our definition of groups that are underrepresented in science includes:

  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people with low socio-economic status, including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income
  • people with a physical or mental condition or impairment
  • people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people
  • girls and women

Find out more and apply here.

Mother Nature Science is the only Workshops Provider Officially Accredited by the British science Association 

British Science Week 2019 – Journey’s Workshop School Feedback

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British Science Week 2019 – Journey’s Workshop School Feedback
– Five Stars

School Name: Our Lady Queen of Heaven RC School

Workshop Date: Tuesday 12th February 2019

Workshop Topic: Journeys – New for British Science Week 2019

Overall Rating?

The MNScience Professor very entertaining, informal and positive with the children. All the children had a great experience and one comment I heard as they were leaving the school at the end of the day was “that was the best day ever!” As you had said, there was a time constraint but we managed to get everyone’s cars made. It had helped that I had passed around the instructions to the teachers and had organised plenty of teaching assistants to be on hand during the workshops so that there was plenty of help for the children to make the cars (particularly helpful to have some of the teaching assistants following the classes so doing the sessions over again and being able to help further and clear up and set up with the professor). The jumping frogs were easier and perfectly appropriate for the younger ages. The professor remained cheerful throughout!

Educational Content?

It was well differentiated for age groups

Entertainment Value?

The children were so excited during the assembly show it was hard to quieten them down! We even liked the fact that one experiment didn’t go to plan because it showed that this is the nature of science investigations – sometimes you have to keep trying and retesting!

General Safety?

The wow factor of danger (fire, explosions, water etc) was brilliant and perfectly safe (apart from a bit slippery after!)

 The Instructors?

Enthusiastic, entertaining, great with the kids, a good informal attitude and very accommodating.

The Way We Communicate?

Helpful, effective, speedy email correspondence.

Would you Recommend Us?

Yes – Highly recommended!

Final Comments?

Thank you very much for a great day of chemistry and physics – a wow part of our STEM week.

British Science Week 2019 – Booking Now
08 – 17 March 2019

Each year for British Science Week, Mother Nature Science visit Primary Schools presenting our fun, hands-on and enquiry based In-School Science Day Workshops, for years Reception to Year 6.

We take all the hassle and stress out of organising science week workshops for teachers – and make it an unforgettable science-week experience to remember for pupils.

Exciting news for 2019, we are delighted to confirm that the new topic for British Science and Engineering Week, March 2019 is Journeys and the official dates run from 08-17 March 2019 – which are already starting to fill up, don’t miss out!

What’s more, our Professors in the MNS Lab have created a brand-new Journeys Workshop Topic and Assembly Show in line with the official theme – especially for your school. Information can be found here

To reserve your date/s or find out more just scroll down, click on the enquire now link below or drop us a quick call on 020 8863 8832

Mother Nature Science is the only Workshops Provider Officially Accredited by the British science Association 

Pupil Premium Funding and Mother Nature Science

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Pupil Premium Funding and Mother Nature Science 

Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.

This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.

How can Mother Nature Science assist Schools effectively allocate their Pupil Premium funds

Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible.

Common ways in which schools spend their pupil premium fund with Mother Nature Science Include:

After-School Science Club 

Running a school breakfast club can improve attendance and an after-school science club can boost boost children’s learning and act as a form of fun hands-on learning for for example for children who need extra help. It can also cat as a form of informal tuition, with our method they’re too busy having fun with science, to even notice they are learning amazing things. 

More Information About This  Service Here 

In-School Science Week Workshops

This is an important service that where schools can fund an in-school STEM educational visit from us to inspire pupils with hands-on, enquiry based workshops with take-home experiments. 

More Information About This Service Here

Holiday Science Camp Places

Schools can fund single or multiple child places on our highly acclaimed Holiday Science Activity Camps, this has also proven to assist children with improving their language problems. 

More Information About This Service Here

Investing in Resources that boost Children’s Learning,

We have a number of award winning educational toys that can aid cogitative STEM learning for children.

More Information About This Service Here

More Information:

You can find more information about Pupil Premium Funding here