Primary Science

Primary science courses for teachers. The following packages provide opportunities to network and learn with colleagues in the same role in other schools. The sessions are aimed at subject leaders and other key school staff. Each session is professionally facilitated by STEM consultants.

Please note, online bookings close 36 hours before course start date. Last minute bookings can be made by email and not the website.

For any queries regarding a course please contact Anna Cummings on finance@dtsa.org.uk.

Learn more about DTSAs professionally facilitated networks and courses for other subjects here.

Online Meetings

Primary Support for STEM Clubs

This workshop will be delivered remotely and guidance on how to attend will be sent out in the joining instructions.

The workshops aim is to assist schools to start and sustain STEM subject clubs through their first 18 months. Providing valuable information that will support and guide club leaders.

Club leaders will gain inspiration, ideas and practical tips for developing their club, as well as an understanding of the importance of STEM Clubs and an appreciation of the vital role the STEM Club leader has in supporting and enthusing students.

The workshop will promote opportunities for club leaders to learn how to incorporate and enhance careers knowledge and build skills for students within club sessions. Club leaders will become confident in their understanding and use of STEM Ambassadors, Science Capital, Gatsby Careers Benchmarks, Essential Skills and the Skills Builder Framework.

The workshop will enable club leaders to gain insight into impact measurement, experience of using impact toolkits, how to create measurement tools and how to gain recognition for the club and students.

The workshop is open to primary schools across England with KS1 and KS2 provision.

Designed as a 2 hour session, the workshop includes hands on practical activities and opportunities to network.

Primary Science Club

Wednesday 1 October 2020

Facilitator: Jane Banham (SLE)
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Cost: £25

Teaching Upper Key Stage 2 Science

Get ready to return to the classroom by gaining the tools and confidence to plan and enable effective learning for your pupils. You will explore ways to bring the KS2 curriculum to life through practical ideas and discussion tasks, as well as how to effectively develop a strategy for dealing with common misconceptions.

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1 October and 8 October 2020

Facilitator: Jane Banham (SLE)
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Cost: £50

Teaching Key Stage 1 Science

Return to school feeling confident about teaching science. This course will provide a manageable approach to planning and teaching primary science in key stage 1 (KS1). You will explore ways of bringing the KS1 curriculum to life through practical ideas and discussion tasks. Carefully planned gap tasks have been designed to help you prepare for the year ahead and enable you to develop effective learning opportunities for the children in your class.

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5 October and 12 October 2020

Facilitator: Jane Banham (SLE)
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Cost: £50

Back to School: Leading Primary Science

On returning to school pupils may have missed some core learning which will require the long-term curriculum map to be adjusted in the short-term. This course supports subject leaders to clearly define the curriculum across the school and enable them to effectively support teachers, implementing it successfully in the classroom.

12 November and 19 November 2020

Facilitator: Jane Banham (SLE)
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Cost: £50

Testimonials | June 2020

“This has been a brilliant course, I have learnt so much. Being new to the Subject leadership, I feel so much more confident now to take it on and implement the strategies you have provided. Thank you!”

“Very informative and great use of practical activities. It’s good that we can take part throughout and discuss ‘virtually’. The session on adapting the curriculum in response to Covid was great.”

“This was very useful and really helped me to think about what I need to do as a new science subject leader. I felt it was pitched really well and the notes on padlet and sharing ideas was useful to know that I was on the right track with some things and gave ideas for other things I could be doing. Thank you so much!”

“You have made this very easy for a new lead to Science. Very very informative and helpful. Thanks once again.”

Teaching Lower KS2 Science

Prepare for your return to the classroom with the tools and confidence to plan and enable effective learning for children in your class. You will develop your approaches to planning and teaching primary science in lower KS2 and explore ways to bring the curriculum to life through practical ideas and discussion tasks.

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16 November and 30 November 2020

Facilitator: Jane Banham (SLE)
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Cost: £50

Network Meetings

Network Meetings are a chance for collaboration with your peers so you can share information and develop as a leader. Expert consultants will help you identify priority issues in teaching and learning and professional development for your teams. You will be able to develop solutions, drawing on the expertise within the group. This strengthening of informal school-to-school support will create an effective network of information, advice and guidance.

Subjects for discussion will include: Science Capital, assessing Scientific enquiry, finding out what’s going well in your school as well as opportunities for sharing ideas for easy practical investigations.

Free Stuff!

In times of tightening budgets, discover the wealth of free science resources available for teachers from EYFS to KS2. Have the opportunity to try some of these for yourselves with the support of a primary expert.

Science Network - Primary Science Derby SLP

13 October 2020

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 9am – 12pm
Individual Session Cost: £60

14 October 2020

Venue: North Wingfield Junior School, Chesterfield Road, North Wingfield, Chesterfield S42 5LG
Time: 9am – 12pm
Individual Session Cost: £60

9 February 2021

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 9am – 12pm
Individual Session Cost: £60

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10 February 2021

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 9am – 12pm
Individual Session Cost: £60

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15 June 2021

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 9am – 12pm
Individual Session Cost: £60

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16 June 2021

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 9am – 12pm
Individual Session Cost: £60

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Science Courses for the Autumn Term

Deep Dives in Primary Science

These standalone sessions are professionally supported by our SLEs or regular facilitators who will lead you through a set of questions and prompts which inspection teams follow for each stage of the Deep Dive process.

Deep Dive in Primary Science

Tuesday 13 October 2020

Facilitator: Jane Banham (SLE)
Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Derby DE73 5UB
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Cost: £30 per person

Progression in Primary Science

It has been proven 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.

Primary Science Assessment and Progression Derby SLP

Tuesday 10 November 2020

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 9am – 12pm
Individual Session Cost: £90

Assessment in Primary Science

Evidence shows that effective Assessment for Learning (AfL) leads to raised attainment but we also need to know what the next step is to move those children on in their learning and understanding.What does progression look like? This course examines what progression looks like in both the subject knowledge areas of physics, biology and chemistry and also the skills of working scientifically.

Throughout the course we will look at where we can gain advantages of linking learning to aid in gap filling, due to the implications of missed curriculum time during the Covid 19 situation.

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Tuesday 10 November 2020

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Individual Session Cost: £90

FACE (Farming And Countryside Education)

FACE is committed to helping teachers to overcome barriers and introduce innovative ways of embedding food, farming and the countryside in their schools.

This day would enable teachers and school leaders to access great content, relevant training and tailored advice so that they are able to create powerful learning experiences about food and farming, in both the classroom and the countryside, all based on a working farm for the day.

FACE (Farming and Countryside Education) with Derby SLP

Thursday 11 March 2021

Venue: Snitterton Road, Matlock DE4 2JG
Time: 9am – 4pm
Individual Session Cost: Free

Past Courses

To register your interest in the courses below please email finance@dtsa.org.uk with the name of the course.

Ofsted 2019 framework in action: Vocabulary – Derbyshire Delegates

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.

You will be able to:

  • gain an awareness of the nature and breadth of opportunities for linking science and literacy
  • develop strategies for raising attainment in science through developing speaking, listening and writing skills to communicate scientific learning
  • begin to identify progression in science and literacy
Vocabulary in Science

Venue: Dunston Primary School, Dunston Lane, Newbold, Chesterfield S41 8EY
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Individual Session Cost: £60

Working Scientifically

Pupils are enthused and motivated when they are involved in planning their own enquiries and when they can see the relevance of them to their everyday life. You will explore a range of techniques to draw out their ideas and develop strategies to inspire and incorporate these ideas into your science lessons. You will be able to incorporate children’s ideas into your science lessons and plan for science with a creative approach.

Working Scientifically Primary Science Derby SLP

Venue: Dunston Primary School, Dunston Lane, Newbold, Chesterfield S41 8EY
Time: 9am – 4pm
Individual Session Cost: £175

Foundation Subjects and Science

Explore the curriculum links between science and foundation subjects including water cycle in geography, gears / pulleys and levers in DT and their place in science. You will be able to gain an awareness of the nature and breadth of opportunities for linking science and the foundation subjects; plan activities that develop and help to embed understanding of the wider curriculum through science.

Foundation Studies and Science - Secondary Science Derby SLP

Venue: North Wingfield Junior School, Chesterfield Road, North Wingfield, Chesterfield S42 5LG
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Individual Session Cost: £65

Maths in Science

Linking core science and maths :

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 pupil’s opportunities to develop their numeracy skills and improve attainment in science by planning lessons in which children effectively handle data.

  • Plan science activities that develop mathematical skills
  • Identify the progression of mathematical and science skills
  • Use science activities to effectively assess mathematical skills
Maths in Science - Primary Science Derby SLP

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Individual Session Cost: £65

Teaching Science in EYFS

Science can be used to support the development of the three characteristics of effective learning through exploration of the immediate environment. This course will increase your confidence in using a range of approaches and assessment strategies to meet children’s needs in Early Years.

Teaching Science in EYFS with Derby SLP

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 9am – 12pm
Individual Session Cost: £90