UPGRADE OFFER: Teaching primary biology: body processes NE009 / B20

2 Weeks
Learning Method
Online Delivered CPD


Online course. To teach primary science effectively teachers must have sound subject knowledge, however, many primary teachers are not science subject experts.

This course will examine key subject knowledge within the biology elements of the primary science curriculum, focusing on the topic of living processes. This includes the heart, the circulatory system and digestion. Through the course, we will demonstrate common misconceptions children may have and show how to identify and overcome them.

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Book onto our Teaching primary science: digestion and circulation 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.

Usual upgrade price is £42 on FutureLearn.

Join on FutureLearn for free to get time-limited access without a certificate.

Who is the course for?

This online course is for primary teachers and trainee teachers for primary education (pupils aged 5-11 years). Teaching assistants may also be interested in developing their subject knowledge through this course. The English National Curriculum will be referred to, but teachers will be able to apply subject knowledge to their own curricula.

What topics are covered?

  • Why good subject knowledge is essential when teaching primary science.
  • Developing subject knowledge for the biology content of the primary science curriculum.
  • Understanding children’s misconceptions and identifying teaching strategies to identify and overcome them.
  • Subject knowledge to teach living processes, including: the heart, circulatory system and digestion.

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 08 February 2021 – 07 March 2021.



  • Identify the importance of good subject knowledge when teaching primary science
  • Develop personal subject knowledge of living processes to teach this topic as part of the biology primary science curriculum
  • Apply subject knowledge of biology to class teaching of pupils aged 5-11 years old
  • Explore practical activities to teach scientific concepts in the primary curriculum
  • Identify common misconceptions children may have in primary science concepts
  • Develop teaching strategies to identify and overcome children’s misconceptions


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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.

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* Your school or college will receive the subsidy on successful completion of the CPD and impact toolkit. Find out more.

Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£20.00 +VAT
State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£20.00 +VATSubsidy available*£0.00

Participants from outside the UK will be charged the course fee and an additional £120 per day plus VAT.

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