Teaching for Home Learning: Primary Science

Learn teaching strategies and tools to make the transition to online primary science teaching easier during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Teaching for Home Learning: Primary Science
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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Keep your primary school students inspired by science whilst learning at home

Primary school science teaching often involves sparking students’ imagination through practical activities.

As schools close due to the coronavirus pandemic, primary science teachers must learn innovative new ways of teaching young students science using online and offline learning.

On this course, you’ll consider the new learning environment of your pupils, the role of parents in your teaching, and discover new science activities your pupils can do from home.

You’ll explore a variety of asynchronous teaching and learning tools, and have the chance to collaborate and discuss these new challenges with other teachers.


  • Week 1

    Expectations, working with parents and planning activities

    • Setting expectations and involving parents

      What expectations do you have of yourself, pupils and parents?

    • Planning a remote learning activity

      Starting to think about the components of a learning sequence.

    • Setting activities remotely

      Our final steps this week provides an introduction to the importance of instructions, and prompts you to consider the role of video for remote learning.

  • Week 2

    Activities for home learning and scientific enquiry

    • Enabling parents to support learning

      Parents play a vital role in supporting their children's learning. How can we support them so that they feel confident to do this?

    • Tools for remote learning

      Here we explore some quick ways to check pupils' progress.

    • Practical science

      Scientific enquiries are a great way to keep children engaged with science. Build up your strategies for a range of enquiry types.

    • Reviewing your professional development

      Review your professional development and plan your next steps to sustain and develop the way you plan for learning.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Design a blended approach to teaching primary science, with offline and online activities to support pupils learning from home.
  • Develop your plans to work with parents to support pupils learning at home.
  • Evaluate a range of teaching strategies and tools, appropriate to your teaching context and teaching remotely.
  • Identify primary science activities that can be undertaken at home.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for primary teachers of pupils aged 5-11 years, who are supporting parents and pupils with learning from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Science and STEM subject leaders and heads of primary schools may also find this course useful for devising their approach to home teaching.

Who will you learn with?

I taught science for ten years and was Head of Science for three years, before becoming a subject specialist at the National STEM Learning Centre.

Online CPD Coordinator, STEM Learning. MEng MA Senior Certified Learning Technologist. I work with expert authors to design impactful CPD for teachers and STEM Ambassadors www.stem.org.uk/online-cpd

I have worked as, and enjoyed being, a classroom teacher for many years. I am currently working as an independent primary science consultant and a National STEM Learning lead facilitator.

Who developed the course?

National STEM Learning Centre

The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

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