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ERIC Number: EJ977097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1377
How Many Prickles Does a Holly Leaf Have?
McGrath, Caroline
Education in Science, n247 p18-19 Apr 2012
"Why is it so difficult to pick holly without getting pricked?" This was the investigation carried out by a group of pupils under the guidance of their teacher, Lesley Hunter, at Creavery Primary School in Northern Ireland. After considering the question, pupils thought that the leaf would have anything between four and nine prickles. Having examined and counted the prickles on a hundred holly leaves, students were really surprised to find at least five leaves had 25 to 26 prickles and only two had less than eight. Creavery, with 66 pupils on roll, has won numerous science and technology awards in Northern Ireland and now their teacher has been recognised as an outstanding primary science teacher. This article presents the eight teachers who were awarded a Primary Science Teaching Award at the ASE Annual Conference at Liverpool in January 2012. They were: (1) Cathy Daniels, Park Hill Junior School Croydon; (2) Lesley Hunter, Creavery Primary School, Antrim; (3) Sue Martin, Talbot House School, Bournemouth; (4) Jeannette Morgan, Muswell Hill Primary School, London; (5) Katja Rudden, Dacre Braithwaite C of E Primary School, North Yorkshire; (6) Simon Smith, Kells Lane Primary School, Gateshead; (7) Nina Spilsbury, Malcolm Sargent Primary School Stamford; and (8) Gareth Metcalfe, Bradshaw Hall Primary School, Stockport.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)