Teaching primary science: exploring space NE003
Discover how space exploration can inspire your primary science students and engage them in working scientifically.
Online course. Flexible participation. 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.
Join this course
Book onto our Teaching primary science: exploring space 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.
What topics are covered?
In this course, you'll discuss with other teachers and draw upon a range of resources to develop your approach to teaching primary science with the context of space exploration. You will look at how to:
- engage children in working scientifically
- learn about current and future space missions and how they can be linked to the curriculum
- investigate forces and mechanisms in robotics
- explore practical activities based upon the search for exoplanets
- explore careers in space research and industry
- find out about how we can explore space using telescopes.
This course takes around three hours per week to complete and you do not need to be online at any specific time.
Space Education Quality Mark
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.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- investigate opportunities to link space exploration and space missions wtih 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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