Working Scientifically for Primary Schools CPD
Delivering the new curriculum’s Working Scientifically content can seem like a daunting challenge. We’ve organised it into five easily managed areas, so you can be sure you are covering all the requirements and that your pupils have a sound grasp of the science skills needed.
We’ll try a range of hands-on activities to help you get to grips with classifying. We’ll show you ways to get the children to recognise common British plant and animal species that they need to know, simple use of branching keys to sort and games that can really boost learning.
We’ll look at two excellent planning templates that will help your pupils learn to plan their own investigations. For Key Stage 1 and Reception we’ll introduce you to the Curious Caterpillar. This provides a spring board for them to progress to the Post Its method for KS2. Predicting, manipulating variables, recording results in tables, drawing graphs and analysing results all become a lot easier using this framework!
Observing and Measuring
Here we look at getting the children to experience the world using all their senses to closely observe what is happening, in a scientific way. Then, we see how specific primary school science equipment can be used to make accurate measurements.
Gathering and Handling Data
This is a big part of the new curriculum and not difficult, when you know how. We’ll show you how easy it is to generate data using the seasons, habitats within the school grounds and in most of your topics on materials and physics too. We’ll give an introduction to data loggers, showing you that they are not scary and that they will really bring to life some of your investigations!
Pupils Asking and Answering their own Questions
We’ll look at quick and simple methods to get the children generating questions that they can answer themselves, whether by using secondary research, a survey or by conducting a fair test. We’ll also give guidance on some of the famous scientists they can research.
This course can be run as a twilight or half day in your school.
The cost is £250.
All your staff can attend the course.
You’ll get to do lots of hands-on experiments, including the incredible inflating bag…
All our resources can be printed out and used later with your class