Some of our Students have been assessing the merits of various science books as part of The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize which aims to inspire young people to read about science and promotes the writing of excellent, accessible books for under-14s. An expert adult judging panel meet in April each year to choose a shortlist of their favourite science books written in the previous year. Once the six best books have been selected they hand over the task of picking a winner to those who know best – groups of young people aged up to 14 across the UK. Each group taking part mirrors the adult short-listing panel, forming their own judging panel. They held judging meetings, discussed the merits of each book and submitted their vote and comments to The Royal Society, the book Beckfoot Oakbank students selected is called ‘A First Book of Animals’ and they felt it was the most appropriate for its age group. The results from all the groups were collated to determine the overall winner, which was announced on Monday 20th November, the book that won is ‘Home Lab’ by Robert Winston.
Fiona Smith-Feather, who supervised the students said ‘ The judging panel all really enjoyed reading and discussing the books and we are really looking forward to when the scheme is launched again next year. In school we think it is really important to encourage our students to get involved in extra-curricular activities and feel confident to share their thoughts and opinions with their peers from across the UK’.