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Teaching Primary Science: Physics

Enhance your physics subject knowledge for teaching primary science and discover practical activities for your physics lessons.

Teaching Primary Science: Physics
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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Help your primary students to excel in primary school physics

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

On this course, you’ll examine the key subject knowledge areas within the physics element of the primary science curriculum.

You’ll develop your own knowledge of physics and discover practical activities to use in your classroom to explain physics concepts to your students.

You’ll also consider common misconceptions children may have and how to identify and help your students overcome them.

What topics will you cover?

  • Why good subject knowledge is essential when teaching primary science.
  • Developing subject knowledge for the physics in the primary science.
  • Understanding children’s misconceptions and identifying teaching strategies to identify and overcome them.
  • Topics covered include: forces, electricity, light.

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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 physics.
  • Apply subject knowledge of physics 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 primary teachers and trainee teachers for primary education (pupils aged 5-11 years).

It will also be useful for teaching assistants looking to develop their physics subject knowledge.

The English National curriculum will be referred to, but teachers will be able to apply what they learn to their own curricula.

Who will you learn with?

Karen Brunyee

I am currently a Professional Development Leader at the National STEM Learning Centre in Primary STEM. I have been a teacher for 14 years, teaching classes from FS2 to Year 6.

Rachel Jackson

I spent 10 years working as a primary classroom teacher, 7 as a science subject leader. I've also supported schools as a leading science teacher before joining STEM learning as a primary specialist.

Sarah Dagnell

I have been a primary school teacher for 13 years and work at Clifton With Rawcliffe Primary, York. Currently, I also work 3 days a week at the National STEM Learning Centre in the Primary PDL Team.

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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