Teaching primary science: chemistry NE005

Develop your knowledge and discover how to address pupil misconceptions when teaching chemistry in primary science.


Summary

To teach primary science effectively teachers must have sound subject knowledge, however, many primary teachers are not science subject experts. This course will examine key subject knowledge within the chemistry elements of the primary science curriculum, demonstrate common misconceptions children may have and show how to identify and overcome them.

 


Who is it for?

This online course is for primary teachers and trainee teachers for primary education. Teaching assistants may also be interested in developing their subject knowledge through this course. The English National Curriculum will be referred to, but teachers will be able to apply subject knowledge to their own curricula.

What topics are covered?

This three week, self-paced and mentored online course covers:
 
  • ⚪   Why good subject knowledge is essential when teaching primary science.

    ⚪   Developing subject knowledge for the chemistry in the primary science.

    ⚪   Understanding children’s misconceptions and identifying teaching strategies to identify and overcome them.

    ⚪   Topics: understanding materials and their properties; states of matter; changes of materials.


Who are the course leaders?

  • Sarah Dagnell

    Primary Specialist and CPD Leader, based at the National STEM Learning Centre in York

  • Karen Brunyee

    Primary Specialist and CPD Leader, based at the National STEM Learning Centre in York

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Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
 
  • ✔️   Identify the importance of good subject knowledge when teaching primary science.

    ✔️   Develop personal subject knowledge of chemistry.

    ✔️   Apply subject knowledge to class teaching of students aged 5-11 years old.

    ✔️   Explore practical activities to teach scientific concepts in the primary curriculum.

    ✔️   Identify common misconceptions children may have in primary science concepts.

    ✔️   Develop teaching strategies to identify and overcome children’s misconceptions.

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