Help! How do I teach chemistry in a primary school? NY065

Materials, rocks, changing state and much more are explored in this practical subject knowledge based course.


This primary science course is packed full of practical ideas to teach chemistry within your school. You will be able to explore how children’s ideas and skills are progressed from year 1 to year 6. Discover why chemistry is essential for gaining an understanding of the world and how we can set strong foundations for this in primary schools.

You will explore a range of engaging, practical strategies to teach chemistry and discover how to tackle children's misconceptions. You will learn how to develop a progressive curriculum for chemistry which builds on children’s prior experiences and learning.   This course will not only give you a host of ideas to inspire your pupils, it will also give you the opportunity to ask our Professional Development Leaders any ‘burning’ questions you may have about chemistry!


Who is it for?

Primary science leaders and teachers

What topics are covered?

  • the primary chemistry national curriculum - we will explore the themes which run within the curriculum and the progression between year groups
  • subject knowledge and practical ideas to teach: materials and their properties
  • subject knowledge and practical ideas to teach: rocks and fossils
  • subject knowledge and practical ideas to teach: states of matter
  • subject knowledge and practical ideas to teach: changes of materials
  • children's misconceptions and how to tackle them  

How will you learn?

This course will be delivered face to face with participant tasks to be completed between sessions.

How long is this course?

This is a two-day intensive residential course. 


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • use engaging practical activities to teach chemistry 
  • ensure progression of learning across the curriculum
  • develop your understanding of the chemistry within the primary science curriculum 
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