UPGRADE OFFER: Teaching practical science: chemistry NE705 / B20
Online course. Go beyond ‘recipe following’ and use practical work in chemistry to support explanation of theory. It is essential that students studying chemistry are given the opportunity to practice and embed understanding of practical skills in preparation for the assessment of their learning. This online course allows you to discuss the relationship between theoretical concepts and practical work, challenging you to think about what is happening in the classroom and what your students are learning through practical work in chemistry. Participants on this online course will develop and share creative ways of teaching practical chemistry with approaches that are applicable to a range of curricula, for example GCSE required practicals and other practical syllabuses for 14-16 year old students.
"The course presented a different way to approach practical work in the classroom. It was very good to learn about some different approaches and to think about the pupils" - Course Participant
Join this course
Book onto our Teaching practical science: chemistry online course through the STEM Learning website and you can purchase an upgrade for only £20 + VAT. You will get unlimited access to the course and recognition with a STEM certificate on successful completion.
Who is it for?
The course has been designed as CPD for teachers of science subjects for 14-16 year olds. Teachers of chemistry, early career teachers, returning teachers, non-specialist teachers, technicians and teaching assistants will gain from the peer learning and resources available on this course. Learn from national CPD subject leaders, the experience of other teachers and access high quality supporting resources throughout this course.
What topics are covered?
This three week course covers:
- practical work for 14-16 year olds for the following key topics: titration and salt preparation, rates of reaction, electrolysis
- contextualising practical work in chemistry to the everyday environment
- how progression in practical work impacts on students’ learning
- assessment of learning through practical work
- approaches to teaching practical science that can be applied to other topic areas
This course takes around three hours per week to complete and you do not need to be online at any specific time. This course will be facilitated in course discussions between 18 January 2021 – 21 February 2021.
This course has been developed by the Subject Expert Team at The National STEM Learning Centre. You will be supported online by our secondary science professional development leaders, including a Q&A opportunity.
By the end of this online course, you will be able to:
- improve your confidence in delivering and evaluating teaching for practical skills in chemistry for 14-16 year olds
- define effective learning outcomes for practical work in chemistry
- reflect on the effectiveness of practical activities on every students’ learning
- design progression and assessment approaches within practical work
- collaborate with peers, educators and mentors to share and critique ideas for teaching practical science
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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.
This course is also available as part of a FutureLearn ExpertTrack (subscription) without facilitator support.