SCIENCE

Teaching Primary Science for NQTs and RQTs

Reference SC03SP18
Date Thursday 15th February 2018 Tuesday 8th May 201
Time 3.00 to 5.30pm 3.00 to 5.30pm
Location GMFRS

*2 session course.

Teaching this highly practical subject can be difficult to organise and manage in the classroom.This full day course helps bring primary science alive and is packed with practical ideas to help deliver the primary science curriculum in a manageable way.

During the day you will meet a host of ideas to meet the requirements of both the “Working Scientifically” and “Knowledge” content of the curriculum and have opportunity to try the various activities and ideas.

The day will offer advice for both KS1 and KS2 and will also look at creative ways of getting children to record without switching them of this very practical, investigative subject.

Delegates will leave with a resource pack to use back in school.

Outcomes

Delegates will:

  • Learn how to plan for and manage learning science in the primary classroom.
  • Know a host of practical ideas to help teach the primary science curriculum.
  • Understand the different types of enquiry and have examples of these for each year group

Mastering Misconceptions: Making Sure they know it

Reference SC04SP18
Date Tuesday 27th February 2018
Time 9.30 to 3.30pm
Location GMFRS

Children have many misconceptions in their scientific understanding. These misconceptions can prevent them from moving their learning forward and create barriers to grasping new concepts and building up their knowledge.

This full day course identifies the most common misconceptions children have linked to the primary science curriculum. During the day we will cover, background knowledge, ideas, activities and approached to help ensure the children stand the best possible chance of replacing their misconceptions in science with current scientific thinking and lay firm foundations for increased scientific understanding.

Delegates will leave with all the resources in electronic format so that they can easily adapted to suit their school.

Outcomes

Delegates will:

  • Know which the common misconceptions are held by children in all topics in the current national curriculum for primary science.
  • Understand the background scientific knowledge for these common misconceptions.
  • Leave with a range of ideas, activities, and teaching approaches to help children let go of misconceptions and form new ideas.

Fully Resourcing Primary Science on Limited Time and Money

Reference SC05SP18
Date Wednesday 21st March 2018
Time 1.30 to 4.00pm
Location GMFRS

Many schools are finding themselves with smaller budgets. This can make practical subjects such as science particularly difficult to resource. Coupled with the limited time available to manage these resources this can understandably lead to teachers finding themselves unable to teach the subject in as active and engaging ways as they would ideally like.

This half day course focuses on the how to make the acquisition, organisation and use of resources as manageable, time efficient and affordable as possible to help ensure great science lessons.

Outcomes

Delegates will:

  • Know how to resource the primary science curriculum on a limited budget.
  • Understand how to organise and manage resources so they are easy to access and keep tabs on.
  • Leave with practical support activities, ideas and materials matched to the current national curriculum for primary science.
  • SC06SU18 Primary Science Subject Leaders Update: Keeping Up-todate

Primary Science Subject Leaders Update: Keeping Up-to date with Science Curriculum Developments

Reference SC06SU18
Date Tuesday 17th April 2018 Thursday 3rd May
Time 3.00 to 5.30pm 3.00 to 5.30pm
Location GMFRS

This ‘not to be missed’ day for all established subject leaders will keep you up-to-date with the latest from DfE, Ofsted, ASE and many other science education organisations.

Throughout the day we there will also be opportunities to improve science subject knowledge and try a host of practical ideas and activities that can be used in science lessons. There will also be opportunities to share ideas, discuss concerns and network with other primary science subject leaders from the region. Participants will leave with a pack of materials to use back in school.

Outcomes

Delegates will:

  • Be able to plan for any changes needed to science provision in light of any recent developments
  • Use a host of new ideas and activities to teach science to your children
  • Increase your knowledge and understanding of science

Rationalising Recording: Focusing on Science

Reference SC07SU18
Date Wednesday 6th June 2018
Time 1.30 to 4.00pm
Location GMFRS

The area of recording in science is often surrounded by myths and seemingly unrealistic expectations that neither enhance learning in science nor do anything to improve children’s literacy skills.

This half day course explores what recording is really necessary in science lessons. It focuses on what constitutes good practice that will hopefully help ensure children make improvements in their attainment in science, literacy and ability to produce appropriate records.

Outcomes

Delegates will:

  • Understand what is meant by excellent practice in primary science recording
  • Identify how to implement changes to current practice in order to adopt best practice
  • Leave with practical support activities, ideas and materials matched to the current national curriculum for primary science.

Purposeful Practical Science : Encouraging Enquiry/Increasing Understanding

Reference SC08SU18
Date Tuesday 19th June 2018 Tuesday 10th July 2018
Time 3.00 to 5.30pm 3.00 to 5.30pm
Location GMFRS

Teachers are often encouraged to engage their children in more practical work during their science lessons but not all practical work leads to good learning opportunities.

This full day course examines when, how and why practical work should be used to encourage children to think and work scientifically and use practical science activities to build their scientific understanding and knowledge.

During the day we will identify the best uses of practical science and try a host of ideas and activities matched to the primary science curriculum.

Delegates will leave with all the resources in electronic format so that they can easily adapted to suit their school.

Outcomes

Delegates will:

  • Know when and how to make good use of practical work to enhance learning in science.
  • Understand how to plan for these.
  • Leave with a host of practical ideas and activities matched to the current national curriculum for primary science.