Sheffield science teacher is just Champion

Hannah Champion holding her certificate, with Lynne Bianchi (back, left), the school's executive principal Nicola Shipman and pupils, middle row, from left, Harvey Glaves, Corban Jaffray and Jake Bellamy, all aged nine; front, Lily Green and Carla Cross, both aged eight.
Hannah Champion holding her certificate, with Lynne Bianchi (back, left), the school's executive principal Nicola Shipman and pupils, middle row, from left, Harvey Glaves, Corban Jaffray and Jake Bellamy, all aged nine; front, Lily Green and Carla Cross, both aged eight.
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A Sheffield teacher who inspires youngsters by ‘making science come alive’ has been hailed as the best in the country.

Hannah Champion has been named primary school science teacher of the year for her work at Monteney Primary School in Parson Cross – where pupils have enjoyed exciting projects involving explosions and examining cow’s lungs.

Hannah, who started her career at the school five years ago, said: “I’m overwhelmed and really very grateful.

“I think the children drive me on.

“They love what we do so much it makes it more exciting.

“I love the creative side of it. If you think how many jobs in the future will involve science – as well as the new technology side of things – it is important to help children get jobs in the future.

“Some of our most recent projects have involved fire and looking at organs such as cow’s lungs – that was one of the children’s favourites.

“The school has always given me 100 per cent support and this has made it really easy for me.”

Hannah, of Treeton, Rotherham, teaches across all subjects, but started to specialise in science two years ago.

Assessors for the Primary Science Teaching Trust found the 26-year-old went the extra mile to encourage students and help other teachers by sharing methods – even in her half-term holiday.

She was presented with her prize at a special ceremony yesterday.

Nicola Shipman, executive headteacher at Montenay, Mansell and Fox Hill primary schools in Sheffield, said: “When Hannah teaches, everything is real, everything is relevant, it’s not textbook or worksheets.

“Children can see the explosions and the buzz and the fizzing.

“She just makes science come alive and that is a really exciting approach for children to learn.

“We are absolutely delighted to have the best primary science teacher in the country working at our school.”

Dr Lynne Bianchi, of the trust, praised the family of schools for supporting Hannah and said it should motivate other headteachers to do the same.

She said: “Hannah is a practitioner who goes the extra mile because she loves the pupils and has a passion for primary science.

“She is going to be a change agent for the future and is certainly one to watch.”