Teaching primary science: getting started NE708
Tackle practical work in primary science, develop your confidence and explore a range of techniques.
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.
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"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
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. You can choose when and where to participate, studying around your work and life commitments. You are supported and encouraged to discuss your ideas with fellow teachers, try out activities, apply concepts to your teaching context and reflect on your practice. You will have access to high-quality resources, including classroom footage and guidance from the course team.
Who are the course leaders?
This course is led by the primary subject expert team at the National STEM Learning Centre: Karen Brunyee, Sarah Dagnell and Tanya Shields. You will be supported by online in course discussions for three weeks from the course availability dates.
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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The invitation to register on FutureLearn will be sent to you no later than the course start date.