The Great Science Share

10 May 2018

The Great Science Share for Schools (GSS) was launched in Manchester in 2016 and has now grown into a national campaign to engage young people in sharing science with new audiences. Last year, 10,000 children, mainly from the North West of England, took part in the campaign. This year, over 20 satellites and 125 schools have already registered to take part. The campaign has high ambitions that participation will exceed 25,000… or could it be more? 

Everyone can take part, from home educators, a teacher and their class, a whole school or groups of schools. Just register your interest to be involved at You’ll access lots of useful resources, and be connected to link projects and campaigns, including BBC Terrific Scientific – partnering this year with the Great Science Share for Schools.

On the campaign day of 19 June 2018, in addition to a central event in Manchester, over 20 satellite events will be taking place across the UK. Amongst these satellites is Lowerplace Primary School in Rochdale – part of the Ogden Rochdale Primary Partnership. Chris Lowe, Assistant Head Teacher at the school who is leading their GSS efforts explains more:

“We are very excited to be welcoming our local schools to this event and are looking forwards to learning from the children all about their scientific discoveries. The children will be showcasing their investigation work in a science fair taking place in our hall. Year 6 students from Lowerplace, the Ogden partnership, and other local schools have been asked to produce poster presentations and activities. Every school will have their own table to share their science learning. Children will also be taking part in practical investigation work in our Ogden Phiz Lab, which was opened in January this year.” 

“Science communication is a vital skill and the Great Science Share for Schools creates the perfect opportunity for children to share their learning in interesting and often very dynamic ways. Our event should reach more than 300 students which is a really exciting contribution to be making.” 

Each GSS event is aimed at inspiring young people to communicate their science, improving the teaching and learning of science, and raising the profile and value of school science. As well as the Rochdale Primary Partnership, we know that the Bolton Central Primary Partnership and the Lancashire East Primary Partnership are also taking part in the GSS – that’s fourteen Ogden schools already. 

AND, there is still time to get involved in this national celebration of science! Register now. 

Ogden schools

  • Rochdale: Lowerplace Primary, Milnrow Parish Primary, Crossgates Primary, Moorhouse Primary, St Michael's CE Primary
  • Bolton Central: Beaumont Primary, Gaskell Community Primary, Lostock Primary
  • Lancashire East Primary Partnership: Gisburn Primary, Barnoldswick Primary, Igthenhill Primary, Whittlefield Primary, Lowerhouse Junior School, St Thomas CE Primary.
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