About Us

Primary Scientists

We are Primary teachers with a background in, and passion for, science. We aim to help both teachers and students enjoy, understand and appreciate the sciences in and outside of school. Our blog is intended as an outlet for this through shared resources, experiences, photographs and ideas. Please feel free to use or adapt anything that you find here; if there’s anything you would especially be interested in us featuring, drop us a line through our contact page. Below is some more information about us…

Matthew Ross – Cofounder

Releasing trout into the River Sheaf

Matt is currently a Year 3 teacher in Sheffield. A life long follower of animals, birds and crawling things, he graduated from Lancaster University with a BSc in Geography and Biology. After undertaking volunteer placements with the RSPB and Lancashire Wildlife Trust, he found paid employment as Environmental Education Officer for the latter organisation. Based at Penwortham Environment Education Centre, he worked with school groups from EYFS to KS3, as well as planning and delivering ‘The Wild Side’, an outdoor holiday club. Education sessions covered Science across the curriculum, from pond dipping and minibeast hunting to environmental literacy and Forest Schools. On occasions, he was also persuaded to dress as LWT’s badger mascot…

Subsequently, he worked as Education Officer for Groundwork Sheffield and The Blue Loop project. In this position, he ran the ‘Windows to Waterways Wildlife’ project, which worked with four Sheffield schools to rear and re-release Brown Trout into Sheffield’s rivers.

Matt gained QTS in 2012 from Sheffield Hallam University, and has completed his NQT year. He is the Geography subject leader in his school, and runs a science club. Science is still his passion, in and out of the classroom!

Shaun Renton – Cofounder

feeding wolves

Shaun is currently a year 5 teacher in Rotherham but will be moving into a KS2 post in Keighley this September. He has been a life-long follower of science, studying Biology and Chemistry to A-level and graduating from the University of Sheffield with a 2.1 (Hons.) BSc Zoology. During his degree, he participated in numerous environmental studies including visiting the lower Arctic Circle to study the impacts of global warming on both its flora and fauna.

Shaun has taught science to children in key stage 1 through 3 having taught it at Secondary level during his degree and subsequently gaining QTS through a Primary PGCE at Sheffield Hallam University in 2012. He has run numerous science clubs and environmental projects, believing it is important for those of all ages to take an interest in both their immediate and global community.


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