Teaching primary science: getting started NE708 / C18

3 Weeks
Learning Method
Online Delivered CPD


Online course. Three hours per week. Three week duration

Develop your confidence to tackle practical science in the primary classroom. Perfect for those who are new to teaching primary science or those who would like to develop their skills.  We will support you to explore a range of techniques to deliver primary science in an engaging and practical way. Explore the different types of enquiry and learn how to embed them in science teaching. You will trial activities and think about the impact they have upon the learning of your pupils.
You will look at:

  • managing practical science in the primary classroom
  • resourcing practical science easily
  • identifying types of enquiry
  • embedding practical science in planning
  • exploring activities which spark curiosity
  • developing thinking and reasoning skills

Primary science is the first opportunity to develop your pupils’ curiosity in the world. It is the starting point for building their science capital and studies suggest that by engaging pupils in practical work frequently, they will have a greater understanding and enjoyment of science.


You will be able to:

  • develop confidence in carrying out practical science for 5-11 year olds
  • explore ideas for effective practical work in primary science
  • recognise the types of enquiry and when to use them
  • investigate activities which engage children in learning about science
  • create opportunities for developing thinking and reasoning through science



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State-funded school or collegeActivity feeFree
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity feeFree

Additional information

For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 


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