Primary Science

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.

For any queries regarding the courses or to take advantage of pre-booking deals, please contact Anna Cummings on finance@dtsa.org.uk. Please note, online bookings close 36 hours before course start date. Last minute bookings can be made by email and not the website.

Cross Phase Science Conference 2019

Curriculum Through Science

Annual cross phase development of Derby and Derbyshire SLP covering the following workshops:

  • Primary: Enriching Primary STEM with STEM Ambassadors; Science through Stories; Maths with Real Data
  • Secondary: Gatsby Careers Benchmarks Secondary Workshop; Raising Attainment for Secondary Students with SEND; Enriching Secondary STEM with STEM AmbassadorS
  • Cross Phase: Raising Attainment for Students with SEND; Power of Words in Science

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Cross Phase Science Conference 2019

Dates: 28 February 2019
Venue: University of Derby Enterprise Centre, Enterprise Centre, 37 Bridge Street, Derby DE1 3LA
Time: 9am – 3.30pm, Lunch provided
Individual Session Cost: £99

Network Meetings

This is 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.

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Dates: 13 February 2019
Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 9am – 12pm
Individual Session Cost: £40

Dates: 13 February 2019
Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Individual Session Cost: £40

Dates: 14 February 2019
Venue: Dunston Primary, S41 8EY
Time: 9am – 12pm
Individual Session Cost: £40

Dates: 5 June 2019
Venue: Chellaston Academy, DE73 5UB
Time: 9am – 12pm
Individual Session Cost: £60

Dates: 5 June 2019
Venue: Chellaston Academy, DE73 5UB
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Individual Session Cost: £60

Dates: 6 June 2019
Venue: North Wingfield Junior School, S42 5LG
Time: 9am – 12pm
Individual Session Cost: £60

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.

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Dates: TBA

Venue: Dunston Primary, S41 8EY

Time: 9am – 4pm, Lunch included

Individual Session Cost: £175

Creating a Buzz – Science Week

This action packed course will leave you full of practical ideas to enrich primary science in your school. You will be inspired to enthuse your pupils about the thrill of scientific ideas and science enquiry.

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Dates: 16 January 2019

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB

Time: 9am – 4pm, Lunch included

Individual Session Cost: £175

Dates: 25 January 2019

Venue: Grenoside Primary, S35 8PQ

Time: 9am – 4pm, Lunch included

Individual Session Cost: £175

Developing the Role of the Subject Leader in Science Day 1

Working with an experienced science leader, you will develop your vision and leadership skills to enable you to lead an effective and vibrant science team. By improving your leadership and management skills you will help your team teach more effectively so students achieve their potential.

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

Developing the Role of the Subject Leader in Science Day 2

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.

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Dates: 29 January 2019
Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 9am – 4pm, Lunch included
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.
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Dates: 5 June 2019
Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Derby DE73 5UB
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Individual Session Cost: £65

Dates: 6 June 2019
Venue: North Wingfield Primary and Nursery School, 80 Chesterfield Road, North Wingfield, Chesterfield S42 5LE
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.

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Dates: TBA

Venue: Matlock Meadows Farm, Snitterton Road, Matlock DE44 2JG

Time: 9am – 4pm

Individual Session Cost: This exciting CPD opportunity is free to ITT and NQTs who could bring along a mentor/colleague for just £40.  ITT and NQT should sign up and then email Finance@DTSA.org.uk to discount the place

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

Dates: 11 July 2019
Venue: North Wingfield Primary and Nursery School, 80 Chesterfield Road, North Wingfield, Chesterfield S42 5LE
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
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Dates: 27 June 2019
Venue: North Wingfield Primary and Nursery School, 80 Chesterfield Road, North Wingfield, Chesterfield S42 5LE
Time: 4pm – 6pm
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
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Dates: 28 March 2019

Venue: Dunstan Innovation Centre,  S41 8NG

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

Individual Session Cost: £100

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.

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Dates: 22 May 2019

Venue: Chellaston Academy, 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.

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Dates: 22 May 2019

Venue: Chellaston Academy, DE73 5UB

Time:  1pm – 4pm

Individual Session Cost: £90

Teaching Assistants Supporting Learning

Science is special! This course gives teaching assistants the chance to explore this, and plan how they can support most effectively.

This course aims to help participants understand how science is special and how adults supporting students in science lessons can maximise student success.

Participants will be presented with a variety of strategies to improve their impact on students through their support, and then have the opportunity to make an action plan to improve their own skills and understanding of science.

Outcomes

This course supports participants in understanding how learners make progress in science and in preparing them for success in examinations.

You will be able to:

  • understand the strategies that can help to overcome barriers to learning in Science
  • know how to build your own subject knowledge and practical skills
  • support students in developing their group work and develop their practical and research approaches
  • help students to record learning in ways other than writing
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Dates: 12 February 2020
Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Individual Session Cost: £90

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.

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Dates: TBA

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB

Time: 9am – 4pm, Lunch included

Individual Session Cost: £175