blen’s interest in SLL is focused on general literacy development and scientific language and literacy during the formative period of KS2 to KS3 (primary and lower secondary). An annual conference is held in the spring/summer term bringing together science and literacy teachers, science advisers/literacy advisers and researchers to deliver a programme of up-to-date policy and practice.

The published occasional paper is professor Wynne Harlem’s Talking Science: Language, learning and Understanding Science.

blen conducted a highly commended school-based project in KS2-KS3, on pupils’ attitude to science based on their KS2 and 3 learning experience both within and outside school for Jack Hunt School, Peterborough

The chief OfSTED inspector has announced that both Languages and Science are being marginalised in the primary curriculum. Sir Michael Wilshaw said that Science and Languages have become the "poor relations" off the curriculum. Not enough time is being spent teaching Languages and Science, instead they are being pusghed aside by the teaching of Mathematics and English which is dominating the curriculum.

These comments have backed up our watching brief over the last two decades.

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Aquila is a magazine meant as intelligent reading for youngsters aged 8-12

It contains articles which relate History, Science and Maths.

It is very well presented, A4 size, colourful and interesting highlights of text which mades it very suitable for its target audience. The magazine would also be good for children, or young adults, who have English as a second/additional language - the language is sufficiently difficult to challenge, but not so hard as to deter readers from the interesting content.

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At blen we believe that in order to have a good grasp of science, one must adopt the language of science. For example the word "light": the common use of the word "light" (meaning everything from having a low weight, up to something we see being emitted from a lamp), and the scientific use of the word light (any form of energy which falls on the electromagnetic spectrum such as UV rays or microwaves).

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