UPGRADE OFFER: Teaching primary science: getting started NE708 / A20
Online course. Develop your confidence in doing practical science in the primary classroom. Whether you are new to teaching science, or you are the science subject lead in your school, you will find practical guidance, see how practical science works in the classroom and learn from experienced teachers. This online course has been endorsed by Explorify.
Primary science is the first opportunity to develop your pupils’ curiosity about the world. Studies suggest that by engaging pupils in practical science work frequently, they will have a greater understanding and enjoyment of science.
You will explore a range of practical science techniques, activities and enquries and think about the impact they have upon the learning of your pupils.
"It clarified and enhanced my understanding of working scientifically, it gave me ideas in how to organise practical activities and it led me to a range of resources. I feel much more confident in leading science across my school..."- Participant feedback
Join this course
Book onto our Teaching primary science: getting started online course through the STEM Learning website and you can purchase an upgrade for only £15 +VAT. You will get unlimited access to the course and recognition with a STEM certificate on successful completion.
Usual upgrade price is £42 on FutureLearn.
Join on FutureLearn for free to get time-limited access without a certificate.
Who is it for?
This course is for primary school teachers who are new to teaching or would like to develop their skills in science teaching. There will be references to the English National Curriculum but learners will be encouraged to review their local curricula to contextualise the course content.
Departments and schools can use this course to structure their own CPD, with support from local CPD providers.
What topics are covered?
In this three-week online course, we 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
This course takes around three hours per week to complete and you do not need to be online at any specific time.
This course started on 14 September 2020, but is still available to join now. You can participate on your own or with colleagues, drawing upon contributions made by other participants and our course mentors.
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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This course is hosted on the FutureLearn social learning platform. The email address you give when you apply will be used to send you joining instructions and information about your course. Please make sure you can be contacted directly with this email address. You will be asked to create a FutureLearn account with the same email address you register, if you do not already have one.
In addition to STEM Learning Terms and Conditions, by booking on this course you are consenting to your details being shared with FutureLearn under their Terms and Conditions for Invited Learners. By booking onto this course, you agree that your information will be held by FutureLearn and National STEM Learning Centre as data controllers in common, and your progress on this course will be monitored by STEM Learning.
If you have booked in advance of the course being available, you will receive access to the course on FutureLearn no later than the course start date.
|Fee-paying school or college (independent)||Activity fee£15.00 +VAT|
|State-funded school or college||Activity fee£15.00 +VAT|
Participants from outside the UK will be charged the course fee and an additional £120 per day plus VAT.
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