Primary school learning resources win Educational Publishing Award

September 21, 2017
amy accepting the award
Amy Stoneham of Primary Connections accepts the award.

The Australian Academy of Science’s innovative approach to primary school science education has been recognised with a win at the Australian Publishers Association (APA)‘s 2017 Educational Publishing Awards.

The winners were announced at a ceremony at the Arts Centre in Melbourne last night.

The Academy’s Primary Connections team took out the award category Primary: Student Resource—Arts/Science/Humanities/Social Sciences/Technologies/Health and Physical Education/Languages for their Student Science Journals (Years 3 and 4).

Two smiling women holding the 'among the gumtrees' booklets
Primary Connections' Amy Stoneham (left) and the Academy's Secretary Education and Public Awareness, Professor Pauline Ladiges, with the Among the Gum Trees resource.

In awarding the prize, the judging panel said ‘the student science journals are functional and accessible, incorporating hands-on activities and a collaborative approach, allowing students to take ownership of their work. They are particularly helpful in building teachers’ confidence and competence in teaching science’.

Primary Connections was also highly commended in the Primary Teacher Resource category for its Among the Gum Trees curriculum pack, which has sparked students’ interest in learning about gum trees.

The Primary Connections: Linking science with literacy program is an approach to teaching and learning which aims to improve students’ learning outcomes by building teachers’ confidence and competence for teaching science

More information about Primary Connections.

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