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CPD taster - Embedding working scientifically in the primary science curriculum

This is a CPD taster created to give teachers a better understanding of what to expect when joining one of our primary science courses. Below you will find a video and a task for you to do in your own time. Once you have done the activity, book on to Embedding working scientifically in the primary science curriculum (NY030).

Working scientifically is at the heart of an outstanding primary curriculum, and must be embedded into all phases. But do you know what we mean by "embedding scientific enquiry" and "working scientifically"? This course will help you develop your understanding of these terms, and look at how to truly embed working scientifically into your curriculum  to support your children's development. 

In this video Karen Brunyee, Professional Development Leader for Primary STEM, explains more. There is then a short task that gives a sample of the types of activities you will be guided through on this CPD course.


In the video, Karen described how the key aspects of the working scientifically areas of the curriculum support children to: ask and answer questions; make predictions based on their experiences; measure and observe; collect and analyse data; and develop explanations, and that there are a number of different enquiry types described in the National Curriculum.

In this short task, you will consider 3 example activities, all typical practicals often used in the primary classroom, and evaluate them with regards to the working scientifically content by answering 3 questions about each activity. The Primarily Science National Curriculum overview and the National Curriculum for Science Key Stage 1 and 2 might be useful resources to help with this. When you have finished this task, you can save your answers for future reference.​ 


Next steps

In the summary video, Karen explains what you can expect from attending the Embedding working scientifically in the primary curriculum course.

Book your place on Embedding working scientifically in the primary curriculum (NY030).

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