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A Deep Dive into High Quality Science in the Primary School - Enhancing the expertise of Science Leaders - At the Science Museum in Birmingham

Implementing High Quality Science in the Primary School - Enhancing the expertise of Science Leaders

The Science Museum, Birmingham - Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Science is an important core subject ranking alongside English and Maths as an essential entitlement for all young people. Science involves pupils learning a body of knowledge relating to the products and practices of science. Learning scientific knowledge helps pupils to explore and explain the material world around them and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the world they live in and the forces that lie beyond their direct experience. OFSTED have recently compiled their first of several subject research reviews, which delves into how science is taught in schools.  The report concludes that Science is not seen as being as important as Maths and English and is therefore not given as much time on the curriculum.

"Inspectors found that, in the majority of primary schoools, disproportionate amounts of curriculum time were being spent on English and mathematics, often to prepare for tests. This significantly reduced the amount of curriculum time available to teach Science, which in turn led to narrowing of the curriculum."OFSTED Intention and substance: primary school curriculum research

This course in detail

This course looks in detail at the current and growing body of research into primary science curriculum planning and teaching and offers practical solutions as to how to create breadth and depth in the science curriculum that sequences the learning, allows pupils to develop conceptual understanding and learn through the embracing of substantive and disciplinary knowledge and associated skills.

 The course is broken down into these key elements delivered across a full day of face-to-face CPD

  • An opportunity to define the vision and look at the curriculum intent in relation to Science to ensure sequencing of knowledge, sufficient depth and breadth of content and an explicit understanding of what pupils need to learn by the end of year 6
  • A focus on the programme of study from Early years and key stage 1 to lower and then upper key stage 2, looking at the vocabulary, aims, concepts, skills and the sequencing of knowledge to ensure that there is evidence that pupils deepen their understanding over time
  • A deep dive into the pedagogy that guides pupils towards the ability to think scientifically. We look at the imperative to support the acquisition of substantive and disciplinary knowledge through the use of effective resources, the development of enquiry skills and understanding how cross - curricular concepts will help pupils to build their understanding over time and make connections across all their learning
  • A review of how Science is assessed as part of the formative learning process with a focus on questioning and feedback for progression
  • Time to reflect on the role of the Science subject specialist in translating the school vision into high quality science outcomes for all pupils from early years to year 6 and beyond

Who is this course for?

It is firstly for Science subject leaders with the responsibility for translating the curriculum intent for Science into positive curriculum plans for their teams. It will also be useful for senior leaders in a primary setting who have responsibility for designing the curriculum intent and delegating the Science curriculum delivery to their designated expert in Science. Many teachers may have some responsibility for leading on Science in a given phase and the content of this course delves deeply into pedagogy and how to ensure that pupils develop a broad and deep understanding of the Science concepts, have a range of Science related skills and can make connections across the curriculum. 


First Delegate:

£325 +VAT

Second or Subsequent Delegate Price:

£295 +VAT