Primary science curriculum design: Embedding space as a context NY073

Delving into the exciting subject of Earth and Space. Bring space week to life in your school with scientific exploration; measuring shadows on the moon and experimenting with real moon rock.


Summary

 Use the inspirational context of space to plan and teach science lessons throughout your school.

As well as covering the subject knowledge needed to teach Earth and Space, this course will support you in identifying opportunities for using space as a context for learning across the curriculum. Opportunities for working scientifically will include testing ‘Martian’ soil for signs of life, measuring shadows of mountains on the Moon and finding out how you can have access to real moon rock samples in your school.

We will also explore ideas for planning a successful space week in your school, including running a ‘space camp’. Weather permitting there will be a visit to the University of York’s sky lab to get expert guidance on viewing the night sky. There will also be a wealth of opportunities to plan meaningful cross-curricular links which will enrich science, maths, English and D&T lessons.

  

‘Using space as a context for teaching and learning directly increased pupils’ enjoyment and engagement in science, numeracy and literacy; increased pupil attainment in science; and increased teachers’ confidence in teaching space-related topics and using space as a cross-curricular context for teaching.’

 Tim Peake Primary Project Evaluation Report 2018

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

Outcomes

You will be able to:

  • develop your own subject knowledge of space and astronomy
  • use and recognise effective models to teach abstract concepts about space
  • plan inspirational scientific enquiry lessons within the context of space exploration
  • teach lessons across the curriculum using space as a context

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