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Teaching Primary Science: Chemistry

Develop your knowledge of chemistry to support your pupils' learning as part of the primary science curriculum.

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Teaching Primary Science: Chemistry
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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Improve the way you teach primary science by building your chemistry knowledge

To teach primary science effectively teachers must have strong subject knowledge, but many primary teachers are not science experts.

On this course, you’ll explore the key knowledge required to teach the chemistry elements of the primary science curriculum.

You’ll learn about the common misconceptions and misunderstandings children may have and learn how you can help your students identify and overcome them.

You’ll discover practical activities to do with your primary school students that will help them to learn scientific concepts in a fun and engaging way.

What topics will you cover?

  • Why good subject knowledge is essential when teaching primary science.
  • Developing subject knowledge for the chemistry in the primary science.
  • Understanding children’s misconceptions and identifying teaching strategies to identify and overcome them.
  • Curriculum topics of: understanding materials and their properties; states of matter; changes of materials.

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Identify the importance of good subject knowledge when teaching primary science.
  • Develop personal subject knowledge of chemistry.
  • Apply subject knowledge to class teaching of pupils aged 5-11 years old.
  • Explore practical activities to teach scientific concepts in the primary curriculum.
  • Identify common misconceptions children may have in primary science concepts.
  • Develop teaching strategies to identify and overcome children’s misconceptions.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for teachers and trainee teachers of primary education (pupils aged 5-11 years).

Teaching assistants may also be interested in developing their subject knowledge through this course.

This course refers to the English National Curriculum but teachers of young students from around the world will be able to apply the course teachings to their own curricula.

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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