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Teaching Primary Science: the Solar System and Beyond

Improve your knowledge of space science to help you deliver primary science lessons that are out of this world.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Teaching Primary Science: the Solar System and Beyond

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Understand the Solar System and how to teach it with real-life astronomers

Understanding the Solar System and how to teach it can be a tricky business. Fortunately astronomers at the Royal Observatory Greenwich are here to help.

In this online course, they’ll help you understand space, address some common misconceptions, and introduce you to the science and people behind real-life, cutting-edge discoveries.

You’ll also find out how to select the most appropriate resources for your primary science lessons. You’ll explore digital resources, museum tips, video chats and podcasts, and find out what works best for your students.

Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsOne historic observatory, two astronomers, thousands of light years to explore. Prepare yourself to blast off into space.

Skip to 0 minutes and 22 secondsWell, sort of. Join astronomers Rad and Liz from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the home of time and space, as they take you on a voyage of discovery, through the cosmic jungle of primary school science. Explore the most common primary science misconceptions. The real science and the real people behind cutting edge discoveries. They will show you how to ignite the imagination and enthusiasm of your students. They will help you develop and stretch your knowledge so that you can develop and stretch the knowledge of your class. We will give you the power to apply all of your new found space knowledge. To make your primary science lessons truly out of this world. So what are you waiting for? Join in.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1 - Tackling scary science

  • Communicating space science and astronomy
  • Perceptions of science
  • Explain astronomical concepts
  • Reflect on your teaching
  • Common misconceptions

Week 2 - Teaching primary science and beyond

  • Teaching astronomy
  • Going off-curriculum

Week 3 - New science - taking it beyond the classroom

  • Real science, real scientists, real data
  • Science outside the classroom
  • What next? Incorporating new ideas in the classroom

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain the scientific concepts behind the Sun, Earth, Moon system, the seasons, eclipses and the Solar System and interpret them in an appropriate, accurate and understandable way for your students.
  • Apply your knowledge and experiment with new methods of teaching space science.
  • Openly discuss challenging topics within the field of astronomy and space science with your class.
  • Reflect on your perceptions of science and scientists so that you can self-modify any perceptions that could be potentially discourage students from exploring the subject further.
  • Identify reliable sources of information relating to cutting edge astronomy and space science and lead a discussion with your students about how real science, real people and real data relates to the world around us.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for primary school teachers and home educators, who have an interest in expanding their knowledge of space, the Solar System and science more broadly, and improving their primary science lessons.

Who will you learn with?

Liz Avery

Senior Manager: Astronomy Education at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Radmila Topalovic

I am Lead Astronomy Education Officer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. I teach astronomy to primary and secondary pupils (ages 7 to 18) and I deliver training sessions for teachers.

Who developed the course?

The Royal Observatory at Greenwich was founded by Charles II in 1675. Today it is a museum and science centre offering inspiring, curriculum-linked experiences delivered by real astronomers.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $84 (+ shipping) you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.

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