Leading the thinking, doing, talking approach in primary science NY001

Learn how to improve the level of conceptual challenge in primary science lessons by encouraging children's higher order thinking.


This course is based upon the highly successful 'Thinking, Doing, Talking Science' project from Science Oxford which works on the premise that science lessons which are most successful at engaging and motivating pupils and raising their attainment feature more practical activity, deeper thinking, more discussion, less (but more focused) writing and more questioning.

Research has shown that this approach has a positive impact on pupils' attitudes to science, science lessons and practical work in particular. Learn how to embed a range of strategies across different areas of the primary science curriculum and lead this approach throughout your school.

Who is it for?

Primary teachers and primary science leaders.

What topics are covered?

This four day course covers:

  • higher order thinking skills
  • practical prompts for thinking and hands-on challenges
  • materials activities
  • sound and light activities
  • developing digital skills through data logging challenges
  • plants, animals and evolutionary ideas
  • forces activities
  • gears, levers and pulleys activities
  • leading challenge and change in your school

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 four day intensive course, split into two residential periods. 


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

  • clarify appropriate standards of expectation in primary science and provide a rich and stimulating environment for children
  • develop a range of strategies to promote learning using higher level thinking skills, effective questioning and discussion
  • become more confident in developing and leading a range of practical enrichment activities


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

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