Teaching Primary Science: Getting Started

Our friends at STEM Learning have designed a free online course all about teaching primary science. It’s packed with practical ideas to inspire curiosity and support scientific enquiry.

When was the first time you remember being curious about the world around you? For many this may be some time ago but as children we would naturally question everything. Anyone with small children will witness the daily discoveries made by our little scientist.  Our responsibility as teachers and educators is to ensure that this curiosity is maintained or, in some cases, reignited.

The team at STEM Learning believe that primary science should nurture children’s natural curiosity, to develop understanding of the world and teach them essential enquiry skills. It should start the process of inspiring our scientists of the future as they build their understanding of the value and place science has in their lives.

Last year teachers from all over the world engaged with this CPD.  This online community shared ideas, challenges and offered support.  After just 3 weeks we saw teachers implement changes in their classrooms and develop the confidence to enable their young scientists to explore and enhance their natural curiosity.

This year teachers have 3 opportunities to join this community of online learners.  The course is completely free and can be completed at a time that is convenient for you.  You can sign up at any time to enrol on one of the start dates below.

Course start dates:

  • 5th November 2018
  • 25th February 2019
  • 13th May 2019

Don’t worry if you miss the start date, you can join the course at any time during the 3 weeks it is running. Each week has a different focus and incorporates tasks to help you bring about change in your own classroom.

The course will cover three core areas of primary science: planning for practical science, mapping enquiry types and skills and developing thinking and reasoning in your classes. Through examples from these topics you’ll explore approaches to teaching the subject based upon sound pedagogy and share your experience in the classroom with others.

This course is completely free and available to all. Simply log on and join a community of primary teachers wanting to make a difference in primary science.