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

Primary Science Professional Forum – Identifying need and planning for action

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.

Tuxford Primary Science Subject Leader Network

3 November 2020
Venue: Online
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Cost: £75 / £100

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

5 November 2020
Venue: Online
Time:
1.00pm – 3pm
Cost: £50 / £75

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: Online
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.

assessment

Tuesday 10 November 2020

Venue: Online
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Individual Session Cost: £90

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

Thursday 12 November 2020

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

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

Venue: Online
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

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

Thinking and Talking in Primary Science with LEAD Equate TSA

Providing children with reasons to talk and think scientifically can ensure children achieve deeper knowledge and understanding in science.

 

During this course teacher and subject leaders will experience a variety of teaching and learning strategies that work brilliantly in science, allowing children to learn, practice 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 quality teacher questioning to explore and extend talking, thinking and learning at every stage.

 

Free and fabulous resources and web offers will be suggested, 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

17 November 2020
23 February 2021

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

Primary Science Subject Leader Bootcamp

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.

This course will be delivered over two half day virtual sessions, with a ‘gap task’ in between, designed to encourage learning from the first session to be followed up and applied in some way, back in school.

Including:

  • 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

Dates: 2 sessions plus a 2 hour gap task

  • 17 November 2020
  • 24 November 2020

Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Venue: Online
Cost:
£100 / £150

Essentials for Primary Early Career Teachers in the East Midlands

NQT Essentials is science-specific CPD for your NQTs. Intended to plug some of the gaps that have arisen as a result of the social distancing measures introduced by the government, these workshops also include the opportunity to network with other NQTs.

Essentials for Primary Early Career Teachers

23 November 2020

Time: 4-5pm
Venue: Online
Cost:
Free

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.

26 January 2021

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

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

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: North Wingfield Junior School, Chesterfield Road, North Wingfield, Chesterfield S42 5LG
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

10 February 2021

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

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

3 March 2021

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

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

Thursday 11 March 2021

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

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

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.

Teacher/TA/subject leader – science curriculum workshops for KS1, LKS2 and UKS2

17 March 2021

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

Developing Working Scientifically Outside the Classroom

Effective strategies which embrace working scientifically outside the classroom enhance enquiry skills. You will be able to build on, and extend, children’s abilities by applying different approaches to plan and resource rich learning opportunities.

Tuxford Primary Science Subject Leader Network

24 March 2021

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

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

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

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

22 April 2021

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

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

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

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.

Active Science

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

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: 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.

Teacher/TA/subject leader – science curriculum workshops for KS1, LKS2 and UKS2

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