Teaching primary science: physics NE007

Develop your knowledge of physics to support your pupils' learning as part of the primary science curriculum.


Summary

Online, self-paced course. Teach primary science effectively by developing your subject knowledge and confidence in science topics. This course will examine key subject knowledge within the physics elements of the primary science curriculum, focusing on the topics of forces, electricity and light. Through the course, we will 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 (pupils aged 5-11 years). 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?

  • why good subject knowledge is essential when teaching primary science.
  • developing subject knowledge for the physics content of the primary science curriculum.
  • understanding children’s misconceptions about physics and identifying teaching strategies to identify and overcome them.
  • subject knowledge to teach forces, electricity and light.

How will you learn?

This online, self-paced course can be completed flexibly. Participants can join and start this course at any time after the advertised date. Find out how our online CPD works

How long is this course?

This course takes around three hours per week to complete and you do not need to be online at any specific time. You can take the course at your own pace. 

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 physics
  • apply subject knowledge of physics to class teaching of pupils 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

Notes

Group enrolments: If you are a school, college or MAT and wish to arrange payment by invoice for 25 or more participants, please contact onlinecpd@stem.org.uk quoting the course code, title and start date.

FutureLearn terms and conditions: This course is hosted on the FutureLearn social learning platform and you will need to create an account if you do not already have one. 

In addition to STEM Learning Terms and Conditions, by booking on this course you are consenting to FutureLearn’s Terms and Conditions for Invited Learners. By booking onto this course, you agree that your information will be held by FutureLearn and National STEM Learning Centre as data controllers in common, and that by joining the course on FutureLearn your progress will be monitored by STEM Learning.

If you have booked in advance of the course being available, you will receive an email to access the course on FutureLearn no later than the course start date.

 

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