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

Our online meetings are great if you’re struggling to get out of school and during the COVID-19 crisis they are being run free of charge.

Subject Leader’s Network – Chemistry Progression

This is a local network meeting facilitated by local teachers to share good practice.

Please see individual dates for further information.

You will:

  • develop the teaching and assessment of working scientifically in your school
  • develop your schemes of work/learning in order to enhance the teaching and learning of science in your school
Subject Leader's Network

21 May 2020

Time: 1pm – 3.30pm
Faciltator: Jane Banham (SLE)
Cost: Free for maintained schools and £75 for non-maintained schools

Meet Your Science SLE – Q&A

An opportunity to ask those questions which you’ve been thinking about and pondering during the current situation about your science curriculum or your role as science leader. You can stay for the whole session or just pop in and out again.

Meet a Primary SLE

Friday 22 May 2020

Facilitator: Jane Banham (SLE)
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Cost: Free

Ofsted 2019 Framework in Action: Science Vocabulary

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 ways to encourage use of vocabulary
  • create your own resources for the next term/year
  • begin to identify the progression and importance of vocabulary
Literacy in Science - Primary Science Derby SLP

Friday 22 May 2020

Facilitator: Jane Banham (SLE)
Time: 10am – 11.30am
Cost: Free

FREE Primary Science Leadership

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.

You will be able to:

  • identify key features of a successful curriculum
  • take ownership of the intent of your science curriculum
  • prepare your teachers to implement your science curriculum
  •  successfully carry out the key roles of a science subject leader to ensure successful implementation

Book now and you will be automatically registered for the scheduled sessions for the course. Remote CPD courses have live, facilitator-led sessions and are not available for instant access. Please refer to the schedule of dates published for each course instance.

Free Primary school leadership

Monday 8 June 2020

Code: RX005 C01

Facilitator: Jane Banham (SLE)
Time: 10am – 11am
Cost: Free

Five sessions in total:

  • Monday 8th
  • Wednesday  10th
  • Monday 15th
  • Wednesday 17th
  • Thursday 18th

Email finance@dtsa.org.uk to book your place

Monday 29 June 2020

Code: RX005 C02

Facilitator: Jane Banham (SLE)
Time: 10am – 11am
Cost: Free

Five sessions in total:

  • 29 June
  • 1 July
  • 6 July
  • 8 July
  • 13 July

Email finance@dtsa.org.uk to book your place

Online Teachmeet – Special needs in the primary phase Science classroom

This is a local network meeting facilitated by local teachers to share good practice.

Please see individual dates for further information.

You will:

  • develop the teaching and assessment of working scientifically in your school
  • develop your schemes of work/learning in order to enhance the teaching and learning of science in your school
Online Teachmeet - Special needs in the primary phase Science classroom

Thursday 4 June 2020

Facilitator: Jane Banham (SLE)
Time: 4pm – 5.30pm
Cost: Free

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

9 February 2021

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

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

10 February 2021

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

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

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.

16 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.

Deep Dives in Primary Science

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

Assessment and Progression

Evidence shows 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 session we will identify how you can integrate and embed assessment practises into your science teaching.

Primary Science Assessment and Progression Derby SLP

Tuesday 10 November 2020

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

Past Courses

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

For more information about future dates please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

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

Progression in Primary Science

Evidence shows 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.

You will be able to:

  • use a range of AfL strategies effectively to promote children’s learning
  • acquire a deeper understanding of progression
  • make confident and reliable teacher assessment of learning in science and identify children’s next steps
Progression in Primary Science

For more information about future dates please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

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

Primary Science CPD Conference – Assessment – Derbyshire Delegates

Our primary conferences always provide outstanding learning opportunities linked to topical developments in primary science teaching along side time to talk and share ideas with other primary practitioners. Please see each entry for more detail of the focus in your locality.

 

Sarah Earle will deliver the keynote address- Working Scientifically: Assessment in Practice

 

Sarah Earle leads the Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project at Bath Spa University. During her 13 years teaching in primary schools she was Assessment coordinator and Science Subject Leader.  She has delivered a range of assessment and science CPD courses and has been a Senior Lecturer for Primary PGCE since 2012. She is also a Primary Science Quality Mark hubleader and Reviews Editor for the Association of Science Education’s Primary Science journal.

 

Other workshops to include: Progression in physics, Progression in Biology, Progression in Chemistry, Curriculum Design – the 3Is in practice, Progression of maths through science.

Primary Science CPD Conference

For more information about future dates please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

Venue: Dunstan Innovation Centre, Dunstan Road, Chesterfield S41 8NG
Time: 9am – 4pm 
Individual Session Cost: £100

Developing the Role of the Subject Leader in Science

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.

Developing the Role of the Subject Leader with Derby SLP

For more information about future dates please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

Venue: Grenoside Community Primary School, Norfolk Hill, Grenoside, Sheffield S35 8QB
Time: 9am – 4pm
Individual Session Cost: £175

Lego Coding Workshop

Teacher Training event using Lego® Education Resources. Experience hands-on learning of coding and STEM.

A 2 hour session  of LEGO® Education Academy Certified Training aimed at lead primary teachers for computing, science and other STEM subjects:

  • Hands-on learning and activities
  • Learn how to use the resources to engage your pupils and meet National Curriculum objectives at KS2
  • Classroom Management tips
  • Free resources and lesson plans
  • Free LEGO® – each attendee will receive a free Mini Milo LEGO® set
  • Fun! Fun! Fun!

You will be able to:

  • take away a range of resources, which can be used within the classroom
  • enhance your pupils’ programming ability and scientific understanding

How to use computing devices to enhance the Key Stage 2 science curriculum. Free CPD for KS2 teachers including a free micro:bit starter kit.

In collaboration with Computing at School (CAS) East of England Regional Centre. The workshop will be delivered by an experienced CAS Master Teacher.

Suitable for DT / ICT and Science Co-ordinators.

Lego coding workshop

For more information about future dates please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

Venue:
Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Individual Session Cost: Free

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

For more information about future dates please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

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

English in Science

Linking core science and English:

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.

  • 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
Literacy in Science - Primary Science Derby SLP

To register your interest for this bespoke course please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Individual Session Cost: £65

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

To register your interest for this bespoke course please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

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

To register your interest for this bespoke course please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

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

To register your interest for this bespoke course please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

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

Primary Conference – Derbyshire Delegates

Our primary conferences always provide outstanding learning opportunities linked to topical developments in primary science teaching along side time to talk and share ideas with other primary practitioners. Please see each entry for more detail of the focus in your locality.

Please see specific entries for exact outcomes for the conference you are interested in, there will be the opportunity to:

  • discuss current good practice in primary science
  • recognise your own good practice, and identify areas for development
  • reflect on ways to translate ideas to your school context, and plan for action
Derby SLP Primary Conference

To register your interest for this bespoke course please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

STEM Ambassador Networking Event – Fish and Chip Supper

The session will include:

  • A chance for Teachers to Meet the Science Learning Partnership lead for Oxford and get access to CPD
  • Opportunties to form a STEM Network of Teachers and STEM Ambassadors
  • New opportunities for STEM Ambassadors
  • Tried and tested (really fun) ideas for raising your students’ awareness of STEM careers from us and other companies
  • Sharing best practice from other STEM professionals
  • Refreshments
STEM Ambassador Networking Event

To register your interest for this bespoke course please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 5pm – 6.30pm
Individual Session Cost: Free

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

To register your interest for this bespoke course please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

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

Teaching Science in Key Stage 1

KS1 teachers looking to develop their practice will find this course invaluable. You will explore how to take play based learning to the next level. You will identify the next steps in children’s play as well as how to incorporate a range of ICT resources for children and practitioners. You will consider strategies and methods for smoothing transition into the next phase.

Teaching Science in Key Stage 1 (KS1) with Derby SLP

To register your interest for this bespoke course please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

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