Our professional development opportunities for Primary Schools. These are hosted across the county and are tailored to the current needs and trends in Science education at the moment. 

Primary science meet

Primary science meet

15th October 2020, 15:15 - 16:30

This is a local network meeting facilitated by local teachers to share good practice. This is an opportunity to progress the teaching and assessment of working scientifically in your school and to develop your schemes of work/learning in order to enhance teaching and learning in science.

Virtual event

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Engaging science for Key Stage 1

Engaging science for Key Stage 1

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.

4th November 2020, 12:30 - 16:00

20th January 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event (x2 half day sessions)

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Linking core subjects; science and mathematics

Linking core subjects; science and mathematics

Collecting, analysing and presenting data in science requires and provides opportunity for the use and development of mathematical skills. Throughout this course, you will identify how to maximise your pupils opportunities to develop their numeracy skills and improve attainment in science by planning lessons in which children effectively handle data.

6th November 2020, 12:30 - 16:00

11th December 2020, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event (x2 half day sessions)

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Developing the role of the Science Subject Leader

Developing the role of the Science Subject Leader

Good subject leadership has a positive impact on the quality of science teaching in primary schools. You will explore a range of strategies to audit and lead science in your school, understand your role more fully and be able to identify and promote effective primary science.

13th November 2020, 12:30 - 16:00

22nd January 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event (x2 half day sessions)

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Engaging Science for Key Stage 2

Engaging Science for Key Stage 2

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.

25th November 2020, 12:30 - 16:00

16th December 2020, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event (x2 half day sessions)

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Making powerful connections between primary literacy and science

Making powerful connections between primary literacy and science

You will explore a range of strategies designed to improve children's ability to use scientific language. You will be able to maximise the opportunities for developing literacy skills and improving attainment in science by planning lessons in which children communicate science ideas, knowledge and understanding.

15th January 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

26th March 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event (x2 half day sessions)

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Developing pupil-led investigations

Developing pupil-led investigations

To develop the independence of children thinking and communicating as real scientists is essential to deepen their scientific understanding. You will be able to facilitate and create rich, effective and exciting strategies that provide opportunities that embed and extend scientific skills.

3rd February 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

24th March 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event (x2 half day sessions)

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An introduction to working scientifically

An introduction to working scientifically

Understanding ‘working scientifically’ is vital for children to develop ideas, skills, knowledge and understanding in science. You will be able to confidently implement strategies for planning, resourcing and organising enquiry that challenges scientific thinking.

24th February 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

28th April 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event (x2 half day sessions)

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Assessment and progression in primary science

Assessment and progression in primary science

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.

26th February 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

19th March 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event (x2 half day sessions)

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Raising Attainment in Primary Science

Raising Attainment in Primary Science

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.

30th April 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

11th June 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event (x2 half day sessions)

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Tinkering as an approach to learning

Tinkering as an approach to learning

This course is an introduction to using tinkering as an approach to learning in science, computing and D&T and to build resilience in pupils at primary level

7th May 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

9th July 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event (x2 half day sessions)

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Linking STEM careers in the primary science curriculum

Linking STEM careers in the primary science curriculum

Using everyday contexts in primary science helps to make science more recognisable and accessible. It is a route to enable children to engage with abstract and challenging ideas. The sessions will be structured to support teachers to plan a curriculum that meets the needs of the children in their school whilst developing their individual science capital.

5th May 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

23rd June 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event (x2 half day sessions)

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Developing working scientifically outside the classroom

Developing working scientifically outside the classroom

Effective strategies which embrace working scientifically outside the classroom enhance enquiry skills. You will be able to build on, and extend, children’s abilities by applying different approaches to plan and resource rich learning opportunities.

16th June 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

14th July 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event (x2 half day sessions)

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