Conference Details: Auckland Programme

Programme for Auckland

2009 Primary Science Conferences
23rd & 24th April
(Draft subject to change)

Planning for Auckland has been based on attendance of 125 to 150 with workshops of 25 to 30

Click on the workshop links below to view further details on each workshop

“Active Learning: Science Talk from Classroom to the Dinner Table”


23 April  2009

8 00  - 8 45am

Registration Opens


8 45 – 900am

Welcome & Administration

9 00 am

Opening Address

9 20 - 10 20 am

Key note:

Brenda Keogh & Stuart Naylor

Looking, Thinking, & Talking in Primary Science

10 20- 10 40am

Morning Tea

10 45 – 12 00am

Workshop A Engaging the learner in science

A1 Martin Braund & Tanya Shields
Discussions in Primary Science (DiPS)

A2 Ian Milne
Creative Exploration: Doing Science in primary school context

A3 Leigh Hoath 
Does Why? Matter..?

A4 Bill MacIntyre
Investigating with Models

A5  Brenda Keogh  & Stuart Naylor
Creative approaches to talking, thinking, assessment and learning in science


12 00-12 50pm


12 50-1 05 pm

RSNZ Advancing Primary Science

1 05-205pm

Key note:

Terry Crooks

The need for a radical change in primary science education: Implications from the 2007 NEMP science assessments.

2 10 – 3 10pm

Workshop B Assessment in primary science

B1 Lorraine Ashby
Getting Pasifika students to write great scientific explanations

B2 NZCER Chris Joyce
Science through a 21st century lens

B3 Bronwen Cowie, Ted Glynn & Christine Te Kiri
We could ask a Kaumatua or look on the Internet Responding to culture in science education

B4 Sally Richardson & Duncan Emerson
New Zealand Reptiles

B5 Bernadette Hamlin, Katy Silver ,James Walsh Remuera Primary School
Science Expo: Young scientist sharing their explanations

3 10 to 3 30pm

Afternoon Tea

3 30 to 4 30pm

Key note:

Warren Bruce & Chris Astall

Steve Spangler Science

4 30 to 6 00pm

Mix & Mingle

View resources and displays



24 April 2009

8 50 – 900am



9 00  10 10 am

Key note:

The Science Learning Hub

New Zealand scientists at work

10 10 to 10 30

Morning Tea

10 30 -11 30 am

Workshop C

C1Jessie McKenzie
CRESTing to Active learning

C2 Alex Williams
“Using Science to Promote Children’s Talk in the Early Years.”

C3 Dan Davies
Active Science Learning in Bristol (UK) Primary Schools – an evaluation

C4 Rena Heap
Children, Teachers and the Nature of Science

C5 Gay Watson & Rod Hare
‘Working food science into classroom practice’

11 30 -12 30

Key note:

Martin Braund & Tanya Shields

Talking science in the primary school

12 30 – 1 30 pm


1 30 – 2 30 pm

Workshop D

D1 Dayle Anderson  
Getting Connected

D2 Warren Bruce /Chris Astall
Post cards in science

D3 Sue MacRae
Enhancing science learning and engagement through performing arts/dance

D4 Martin Braund & Tanya Shields
Activities to enhance science talk repeat of A1

D5 Denis Burchill
The Good, the Bad and the UV

2 30 – 3 30pm

Workshop E

E1 Brenda Keogh  & Stuart Naylor
Creative approaches to talking, thinking, assessment and learning in science

E2 Jacqui Knight 
The Monarch Butterfly Inspiring Science

E3 Catherine May
The science sandwich

E4 Rebecca Goffin
Wonder & Awe: Inspiring students to engage in science using waterways as a context

E5 Gay Watson & Rod Hare 
Bridge science, practical ways to enhance science learning’


3 30 – 4 15

Future Forum

Ian Milne

What are the messages? Where do we go from here?

What are you going to do?

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