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Welcome to the course

Join the Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomers in exploring astronomy and space physics.

We want to give you the confidence and tools to teach inspiring science lessons. Not only will you learn with us, but you’ll also be invited to hear from other secondary science teachers and professionals in the world of science too – all of whom are excited to share their expertise and experience with you.

What will this course cover?

The content of this course will most closely link to the UK secondary science curriculum for students aged 11-16 and we’ll also include topics covered at Post-16 level too. If you’re teaching outside the UK, that’s no problem. You’ll likely find that you can adapt the course to fit with your programme of study, since the themes and ideas discussed are applicable to science curricula around the world and we’ll be covering core science topics that are taught globally. We encourage you to use examples from your context wherever you can.

In Week 1, we will focus on a variety of factors to consider when planning and teaching science lessons including different perceptions, literacy and maths, and a concept known as science capital.

In Week 2, we will look at space physics concepts covered at secondary level and how you can build the ‘working scientifically’ skills of your students. We’ll share mini fact files, common misconceptions and resources that you can use, all to help you communicate the scientific ideas to your students most effectively.

In Week 3, we will look at ways to expose your students to real science and real scientists so that they feel connected to the scientific community. And we’ll finish off by diving into virtual teaching and exploring ways to make your online lessons safe, engaging and interactive.

We encourage you to share your thoughts with us throughout the course. We’ve got three jam-packed weeks ahead, so let’s jump right in!

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