Embedding real life contexts in primary science NY070

Are you looking to develop a creative, engaging, and progressive primary science curriculum. Would you like to help your children see how science impacts their lives and how they could become the scientist of the future? Embedding real life contexts in primary science has been designed specifically to help you do this.


Using authentic contexts, such as stories and real-life problems, enables pupils to engage with abstract and challenging ideas.

This two-day course will explore ways to introduce contexts relating to people, animals, places, materials and problems solving. These strategies will enable pupils to understand the practical applications of science and explore the work of real scientists.

Sessions will be structured to support teachers to plan a curriculum that meets the needs of the pupils in their school, whilst developing their individual science capital.

Who is it for?

Primary teachers and Primary science leads

What topics are covered?

  • why teach through context?
  • science capital
  • careers learning
  • learning through the context of industry
  • using stories to develop context
  • exploring the Global Goals
  • developing science through everyday contexts
  • planning for context-based science

How will you learn?

2 days face to face at the National STEM Learning Centre

How long is this course?

2 days 


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

  • use real life contexts to plan an engaging primary science curriculum
  • identify opportunities to engage with real life problem solving within the science framework
  •  explore how the science capital approach can help broaden the ways in which science is represented


This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.

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