Teaching primary science: exploring space NE003

Discover how space exploration can inspire your primary science students and engage them in working scientifically.


Summary

Online, self-paced course. Participants can join and start this course at any time after the advertised date. Explore the Moon, Mars and deep space with your primary pupils through practical activities and the exciting context of space exploration when teaching the primary curriculum. Learn about current and future space missions, aiming to explore our solar system and beyond. Discover effective ways in which to engage pupils in science and wider STEM activities linked to space exploration.
Taking part in this CPD will provide evidence for the Space Education Quality Mark (SEQM). It will also give you resources and subject knowledge that will enable you to plan lessons and enrichment activities to provide further evidence towards the quality mark. In the first week you will be presented with an activity grid to help you to identify areas which support the curriculum and give opportunities for working scientifically. This grid can also be used as part of the evidence for your submission. 

Who is it for?

This  course is for primary school teachers. 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?

This course covers:
  • engaging children with working scientifically
  • current and future space missions and how they can be linked to the curriculum
  • practical activities based upon the search for exoplanets
  • careers in space research and industry
  • exploring space using telescopes

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.
This course is not facilitated. You can learn independently or with colleagues to directly address your individual needs.

How long is this course?

This course takes around 7 hours 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:
  • investigate opportunities to link space exploration and space missions in your lessons to excite and inspire your pupils.
  • develop lesson plans that involve working scientifically, using space as a context.
  • explain using models, some of the scientific concepts and ideas involved in space exploration.
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