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Developing the Role of the Science Subject Leader 

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This course will enable you to plan and embed a progressive and engaging curriculum to meet the needs of the children. You will reinforce your own subject knowledge and learn how to tackle children’s common misconceptions. By working through this selection of the modules you will be able to identify practical approaches to teaching subject specific content in Key Stage 2 science and describe how Key Stage 2 science fits within the primary curriculum.

Module 1: Excellence in working scientifically

Module 1: Excellence in working scientifically

13th November 2020, 12:30-16:00
This professional development experience outlines the key features and principles of outstanding science. This is to help participants reflect on outstanding lessons and identify the key features. Through group discussions, principles of outstanding teaching and learning in science will be discussed and a shared vision created which is then used to evaluate a lesson.

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Module 2: Understanding my role

Module 2: Understanding my role

13th November 2020, 12:30-16:00
This professional development experience outlines the main elements that characterise the subject leaders role. This is to help participants understand the all encompassing role of the science subject leader. Activities will explore the differences between a subject leader and co-ordinator. Through these discussions a shared vision of the role will be created.

Module 3: Leading by example

Module 3: Leading by example

22nd January 2021, 12:30-16:00
This professional development experience outlines the different types of scientific enquiries used in the primary classroom to find out answers to children's questions. This is to help participants appreciate the different types of enquiries that can be used in the primary classroom. Through participating in a range of practical activities participants will gain first hand experience of the range of enquiries thereby developing their understanding.

Module 4: Knowing where my school is; understanding audits

Module 4: Knowing where my school is; understanding audits

22nd January 2021, 12:30-16:00
This professional development experience outlines how and why we should audit science in our school. This is to help participants understand the reasons why we audit science. It will support in forming hypotheses of your school and through group discussions we evaluate the effectiveness of different monitoring strategies.

Assessment and Progression in Primary Science

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Evidence shows that effective Assessment for Learning (AfL) leads to raised attainment. Now that formal recording of levels has been removed, you need to be secure in your understanding of how to make judgements about children's achievements and progress. Throughout the course we will identify how you can integrate and embed assessment practices into your science teaching. By working through this selection of modules you will be able to use a range of AfL strategies effectively to promote children’s learning and will acquire a deeper understanding of progression. These modules are designed to help you to make confident and reliable teacher assessment of learning in science and identify children’s next steps.

Module 1: Assessment in the new national curriculum

Module 1: Assessment in the new national curriculum

26th February 2021, 12:30-16:00
This module outlines latest developments in assessment in the light of theimplementation of the new National Curriculum.

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Module 2: Developing teacher assessment

Module 2: Developing teacher assessment

26th February 2021, 12:30-16:00
This module outlines the nature of evidence and how it can be used to check progress and build a picture of children's development.

Module 3: Securing understanding

Module 3: Securing understanding

19th March 2021, 12:30-16:00
This module outlines the importance of teacher feedback and success criteria in developing effectiveassessment and progression and demonstrates useful resources to aid teachers.

Raising Attainment in Primary Science

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Where there has been a drop-in attainment in science it is important to identify and evaluate possible causes and consider strategies for making good lessons outstanding. During this course you will make use of self-evaluation strategies to develop an understanding of the key issues relating to the raising of attainment in your school. By working through this selection of modules you will be able to develop an understanding of key issues relating to raising attainment and will become familiar with a range of activities to use in the classroom to support raising attainment. This module is designed to help you in creating a learning environment that meets children’s needs.

Module 1: Intent and monitoring

Module 1: Intent and monitoring

30th April 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This module will examine what is meant by Ofsted when they talk about schools having good intent for the teaching and learning Of science through the intent established by a good curriculum, and how establishing a range of monitoring strategies will help to maintain the intentions set out in the curriculum framework.

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Module 2: Strategies to improve attainment 1

Module 2: Strategies to improve attainment 1

30th April 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This module will examine evidence-based strategies to support pupil progress inprimary science. The session will model some of the strategies suggested, make participants aware of the theoretical base, and participants will be able to consider how strategies might be included in their own practice.

Module 3: Strategies to improve attainment 2

Module 3: Strategies to improve attainment 2

11th June 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This session will examine evidence-based strategies to support pupil progress inprimary science. The session will model some of the strategies suggested, make participants aware of the theoretical base, and participants will be able to consider how strategies might be included in their own practice.

Module 4: Impact and beyond

Module 4: Impact and beyond

11th June 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This session will examine how to gauge the impact of the science curriculum and its delivery. It considers what Ofsted refers to regarding impact on the teaching and learning of science. It will help subject leaders to consider what evidence of impact can be acquired from a range of monitoring strategies and how to apply the conclusions from this to develop future plans for improving science.

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