Prime Minister’s Prize for Science recipient names Primary Connections as a wonderful teaching resource

Published 29 November 2018


Primary Connections extends an enthusiastic congratulations to Brett Crawford on his acceptance of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools. As a classroom teacher at Warrigal Road State School, Queensland, Brett has championed quality science teaching by mentoring his co-workers to develop their confidence and capability in inquiry-based science. And the results are obvious: students at Warrigal Road are eager and engaged in science lessons, and are entering high school with the skills and enthusiasm required to tackle secondary science.

In an interview with Dominique Russell at the Teacher magazine podcast, Brett shares one of his secrets to success: “I use a lot of stuff from Primary Connections, a wonderful resource ­– Australian Academy of Science came up with it; and if it’s the Australian Academy of Science, you’d think they’d know what they’re doing, and they really do. They know their stuff.”

As a teacher who does not have a science background, Brett has encouraging words for teachers who feel they may lack the skills or expertise for teaching primary science: “Students are so into science. They have the two basic qualities that you’d want for science: they want to know how everything works and they love playing with cool toys. And science has the best ones. All you have to do is tap into that natural enthusiasm and science in your classroom will flourish. You just have to believe in your own ability.” Check out this YouTube video of Brett in action.

Primary Connections also congratulates Sarah Fletcher on her receipt of the Highly Commended 2018 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools.

Brett Crawford and Sarah Fletcher at the Australian Academy of Science, October 2018