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Teaching Primary Science: Physics
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.
- 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.
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
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 in primary education (pupils aged 5-11 years) who want to develop their physics subject knowledge.
The course refers to the English National Curriculum, but the subject matter is equally transferable to other curricula, and you’ll be encouraged to explore connections with your own national curriculum.
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