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.

Science Courses and Networks

Teaching EYFS Science

This course will provide a manageable approach to planning and delivering EYFS science. Return to the classroom with the tools and confidence to plan and develop effective learning for children in your class.  You will explore ways of bringing the EYFS experience to life through practical ideas and discussion tasks.

Teaching EYFS Science

Dates (4 sessions):

  • Tuesday 26 January 2021
  • Thursday 4 February 2021
  • Monday 8 February 2021
  • Thursday 11 February 2021

Time: 3.45 – 4.45pm
Venue: Online
Cost:
£140 / £210

Primary Science Subject Leader Bootcamp in partnership with LEAD Equate TSA

All that a beginner subject leader, recently ‘risen to greatness’, or a more experienced subject leader needs to kick start, review or ‘re-boot’ the leadership of science in your school.

 

Outcomes

• Essential updates from Ofsted, DfE, Wellcome, ASE etc

• Being a leader rather than a manager, influencing and inspiring others

• Preparation for inspection – Deep Dive ‘Top tips’

• Assessment ‘must-dos’ and quick wins – practical, fit-for-purpose solutions to assessing science and ensuring progression across the KSs, from FS onwards

• Working Scientifically – simple ideas to initiate change and improve outcomes for learners

• Monitoring, evaluating and moderating science – a simple tool kit to get you started.

Primary Science Subject Leader Bootcamp

Date: Tuesday 26 January 2021

Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Venue: Hogarth Academy, Porchester Road, Nottingham NG3 6JG
Cost:
£90 / £135

Teaching Lower KS2 Science

Get ready to return to your 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.

Teaching Lower KS2 Science

Dates (3 sessions):

  • 3 February 2021, 2-4pm
  • 9 February 2021, 2-4pm
  • 11 February 2021, 2-3pm

Venue: Online
Cost:
£120 / £180

Science Network

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

Date: Wednesday 10 February 2021

Venue: Online
Time: 9am – 12pm
Individual Session Cost: £60

Primary Science Professional Forum – Developing Subject Knowledge

Providing subject leaders with the latest news and updates from Ofsted, DfE and others, the skills knowledge and understanding required to lead their subject effectively in school.  Each professional forum will build on the last and there will be an element of collaborative practice development and an in school gap task in each case.

Thinking and talking science

Date: Wednesday 10 February 2021

Venue: Online
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Cost: £75 / £100

Primary Science for NQTs

This course will provide you with a manageable approach to planning and teaching primary science.

Expand the teaching tools at your fingertips and develop your confidence to plan and enable effective learning for children in your class. On this course you will explore the requirements of the primary science curriculum, improve your subject knowledge, plan exciting lessons and build your confidence in teaching practical science activities.

Primary Science for NQTs

Dates (3 days):

  • Monday 22 February 2021, 4pm-4.45pm
  • Monday 22 February 2021, 5.30pm-6pm
  • Thursday 25 February 2021, 4pm-5pm
  • Monday 1 March 2021, 4pm-4.45pm
  • Monday 1 March 2021, 5.15pm-5.45pm

Venue: Online
Cost: £120 / £180

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.

Teaching Key Stage 1 Science

Dates (5 sessions):

  • Monday 22 February 2021
  • Thursday 25 February 2021
  • Monday 1 March 2021
  • Wednesday 3 March 2021
  • Wednesday 10 March 2021

Venue: Online
Time: 3.45pm – 4.45pm
Cost: £140 / £210

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.

Teaching Upper KS2 Science

Dates (4 sessions):

  • Wednesday 24 February 2021
  • Wednesday 3 March 2021
  • Monday 15 March 2021
  • Wednesday 17 March 2021

Venue: Online
Time: 4-6pm / 4-5pm
Cost: £140 / £280

Thinking and Talking Science

Providing children with reasons to think and talk scientifically can ensure children achieve deeper knowledge and understanding in science.  During this day course teachers and subject leaders will experience a variety of teaching and learning strategies that work brilliantly in science, allowing children to learn, practise and utilise quality vocabulary as they think then talk scientifically.  The importance of progression, building from EYFS, through KS1, KS2 and beyond, will be considered and strategies shared that promote effective teacher-questioning to explore and extend talking, thinking and learning at every stage.

Free and fabulous resources and web-based offers will be suggested that enrich the science curriculum, requiring classroom-based science to be applied and extended into real-world contexts, challenging children to use their knowledge and understanding more creatively, as they solve problems, explore ideas and answer questions.

Thinking and Talking in Primary Science

Date: Wednesday 3 March 2021

Venue: Tuxford Academy, Marnham Road, Newark NG22 0JH
Time: 9am – 4pm
Cost: £175 / £225

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.

Back to School, Leading Primary Science

Dates (2 sessions):

  • 5 March 2021
  • 16 March 2021

Venue: Online
Time: 2-4pm
Cost: £140 / £210

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.

Thinking and Talking in Primary Science

Dates: 5 sessions (3 dates)

  • Monday 8 March 2021
  • Wednesday 10 March 2021*
  • Wednesday 17 March 2021

Venue: Online
Time: 1-3pm / *4-5pm
Cost: £140 / £210

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.

Farming and Countryside Education -FACE with Derby SLP

Date: Thursday 11 March 2021

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

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.

Thinking and talking science

Dates (4 sessions):

  • 15 March 2021
  • 18 March 2021
  • 22 March 2021
  • 25 March 2021

Venue: Online
Time: 4pm – 5pm
Individual Session Cost: £140 / £210

Developing the role of the primary 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.

FACE (Farming and Countryside Education) with Derby SLP

Date: Tuesday 16 March 2021

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 9am – 4pm
Individual Session Cost: £175

Teacher / TA / Subject Leader – Science curriculum workshops for KS1, LKS2 and UKS2

Designed to improve the knowledge, understanding and skills of teachers, teaching assistants and subject leaders and enable highly productive practical science in the classroom.

Join us for a whistle stop tour through science at each key stage or part key stage.

Important questions will be explored, which are of relevance at each point across the key stages: What are the big science ideas children need to know and understand? How can I plan with assessment in mind? What outcomes should I look for? How should children use, apply and communicate their knowledge and understanding as they work scientifically? How does our science curriculum deliver for children in our classes and schools?

As ever, plenty of practical ideas and useful strategies will be included to take back, use and/or share with colleagues.

Teaching Upper KS2 Science

Date: Wednesday 17 March 2021

Venue: Tuxford Academy, Marnham Road, Newark NG22 0JH
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Cost: £50 / £75

Fit For Purpose Science Assessment

A whistle-stop tour of the assessment landscape, offering practical solutions that subject leaders might use and adapt in their schools.

This course will provide SLs with an insight into:

  • National requirements – the truth
  • Position of science in the curriculum – OfSTED, Wellcome Trust etc.
    • Future guessing – what’s the direction of travel likely to be?
  • Statutory assessment – current picture
  • Best practice resources to support science formative assessment, backed by sound research
  • Principles of planning with assessment in mind
  • Using practical strategies to explore children’s understanding
    • Focussed assessment tasks
    • Assessment themes
    • Moderating outcomes
  • Communicating outcomes – using floor books and other communication strategies to capture learning.
Fit for purpose Science Assessment

Date: Thursday 25 March 2021

Venue: Tuxford Academy, Marnham Road, Newark NG22 0JH
Time: 9am – 4pm
Cost: £175 / £225

Getting Practical: Working Scientifically in your Classroom

Working Scientifically should be positioned at the heart of the primary science curriculum in all schools.  Children must learn National Curriculum content as they work scientifically; through exploring and investigating, asking questions and problem solving, engaging with and learning about the ‘Wonder-full’ world around them.

This course will provide participants with:

  • a greater understanding of Working Scientifically and its significance to children’s learning in science
  • a variety of strategies to use to encourage children to ask science questions
  • enhanced subject knowledge and understanding of the five types of enquiry children should be using to answer their science questions, progression of these and of key skills from Early Years and through primary
  • lots of hands-on, practical examples and teaching strategies that might be used in practice or shared with colleagues through INSET).
Getting practical: Working Scientifically in your classroom

Date: Wednesday 21 April 2021

Venue: Tuxford Academy, Marnham Road, Newark NG22 0JH
Time: 9am – 4pm
Cost: £175 / £225

FACE – Cross Phase – Inspiring students through a farming context

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 - Science

Date: Thursday 22 April 2021

Venue: Farm Eco, Home Farm, Screveton NG13 8JL
Time: 9am – 4pm
Cost: Free

Developing pupil led investigations – embedding working scientifically in the primary classroom

Developing pupil led investigations – embedding working scientifically in the primary classroom

Outcomes

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.

Tuxford Primary Science Subject Leader Network

Date: Tuesday 27 April 2021

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 9am – 4pm
Cost: £175 / £225

Tuxford Primary Science Subject Leader Network

Providing subject leaders with the skills to drive science forward in their schools as well as the opportunity to network with other science leaders.

This year’s network meetings will consider ‘curriculum design in science’ as a recurring theme (as a response to the recently voiced OfSTED concern about the lack of quality in many schools’ science curriculum design). As different aspects of the SL’s role are explored, the principles of ‘intent, implementation and impact’ will be considered and used to provide purpose to each session.

The programme will (of course) include the very latest news, regular updates, top tips and practical solutions regarding; the new OfSTED framework, science enquiry, assessment process and practice, Science Capital and much, much more.

Tuxford Primary Science Subject Leader Network

Date: Wednesday 28 April 2021

Venue: Tuxford Academy, Marnham Road, Newark NG22 0JH
Time:
1.00pm – 3pm
Cost: £50 / £75

Primary Science Professional Forum – Considering Progress

Providing subject leaders with the latest news and updates from Ofsted, DfE and others, the skills knowledge and understanding required to lead their subject effectively in school.  Each professional forum will build on the last and there will be an element of collaborative practice development and an in school gap task in each case.

Primary Science Professional Forum

Date: Wednesday 26 May 2021

Venue: Online
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Cost: £75 / £100

Active Science

We can support you in identifying the CPD support that you need, provide CPD activity directly from our programme of courses, or work with you to tailor the content to meet your requirements.

Teaching EYFS Science

Date: Tuesday 15 June 2021

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

Science Network

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

Date: Tuesday 15 June 2021

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

Email finance@dtsa.org.uk for more information.

Date: Wednesday 16 June 2021

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

Teacher / TA / Subject Leader – Science curriculum workshops for KS1, LKS2 and UKS2

Designed to improve the knowledge, understanding and skills of teachers, teaching assistants and subject leaders and enable highly productive practical science in the classroom.

Join us for a whistle stop tour through science at each key stage or part key stage.

Important questions will be explored, which are of relevance at each point across the key stages: What are the big science ideas children need to know and understand? How can I plan with assessment in mind? What outcomes should I look for? How should children use, apply and communicate their knowledge and understanding as they work scientifically? How does our science curriculum deliver for children in our classes and schools?

As ever, plenty of practical ideas and useful strategies will be included to take back, use and/or share with colleagues.

Teaching Upper KS2 Science

Date: Thursday 17 June 2021

Venue: Tuxford Academy, Marnham Road, Newark NG22 0JH
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Cost: £50 / £75

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

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.

Primary Science - Derby SLP

Venue: North Wingfield Junior School, Chesterfield Road, North Wingfield, Chesterfield S42 5LG
Time: 4pm – 6pm
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