Teaching primary science: getting started NE708

Get started with practical work in primary science, develop your confidence and explore a range of techniques for working scientifically.


Summary

Online, self-paced 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 enquiry types and think about the impact they have upon the learning of your pupils. 

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.

What topics are covered?

  • 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

How will you learn?

This online, self-paced course can be completed flexibly. Participants can join and start this course at any time after the advertised date. Find out how our online CPD works.

How long is this course?

This course takes around three hours per week to complete and you do not need to be online at any specific time. You can take the course at your own pace.

Outcomes

By the end of this course, 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

Notes

Group enrolments: If you are a school, college or MAT and wish to arrange payment by invoice for 25 or more participants, please contact onlinecpd@stem.org.uk quoting the course code, title and start date.

FutureLearn terms and conditions: This course is hosted on the FutureLearn social learning platform and you will need to create an account if you do not already have one. 

In addition to STEM Learning Terms and Conditions, by booking on this course you are consenting to FutureLearn’s 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 that by joining the course on FutureLearn your progress will be monitored by STEM Learning.

If you have booked in advance of the course being available, you will receive an email to access the course on FutureLearn no later than the course start date

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