Dundee Science Centre

Angus Primary School Helps ‘Kids Teach Kids’

An Angus primary school class is making the finishing touches to a science project aimed at helping ‘kids teach kids’.

Following an approach by BBC, Dundee Science Centre asked Warddykes Primary School in Arbroath to help create a film for The L.A.B Scotland.  The BBC outreach project aims to develop digital media literacy across Scotland, challenging different groups to create their own content which will then be shared with other school children.

Armed with a bespoke activity pack from Dundee Science Centre, the primary four class and their teacher Mrs Pamela Walker have been preparing content for a film about climate change, from the creation of a script through to the artwork. The class will shortly gain some filming tips from the BBC team before Mrs Walker supports the children with the film-making itself.  Once approved by the BBC, the final cut will see pupils introducing themselves and the project, footage of classroom climate change activities and tips on what other youngsters can do to combat the challenges.

Warddykes P4 pupils busy researching their Dundee Science Centre science project

The film will be used as an online resource for school pupils while the artwork they have been creating will form part of a future Dundee Science Centre exhibition about climate change.

With primary schools now back in the classroom, Jennifer Sanderson, Acting Principal Teacher of Warddykes Primary School said the class couldn’t wait to get back to school to finish the project in person – “We were delighted to be approached by Dundee Science Centre to work on this exciting topic.  During lockdown, it was an ideal way to maintain teamwork, challenging the class to work together while they couldn’t meet face-to-face.  It’s also been fascinating seeing them develop skills they didn’t know they had!  Kids can do so much to teach other kids and this project is a prime example of that. It’s so exciting to think that our film will end up as a resource to teach thousands of other children all over the country and perhaps further afield!”

Miss Sanderson’s comments were echoed by the pupils involved. Clay Duncan (8) said, “I liked finding out facts about climate change and how much we are changing the world. It was better learning at home as we didn’t get distracted and it was nice to know what we were coming back to.”

Connor Wight (8) added, “It was exciting to learn something new about the climate.”

Carlene Cura, Development and Fundraising Advisor, Dundee Science Centre commented, “Climate change is a brilliant topic for this project as there’s endless scope for activities, experiments and discussion. We’ve loved working with Warddykes Primary on this project and are so impressed by their energy and enthusiasm. We can’t wait to see the final cut and showcase their work in the science centre when we re-open!”

For more information, visit Dundee Science Centre – Lifelong Learning & STEM Activities