This fully-funded online conference provides a choice of afternoon workshops followed by a keynote talk by HMI for science Jasper Green.

This event is for schools in Birmingham LA only.

The event will cover workshops on:

Assessment and progression in primary science

Primary science pedagogy

Purposeful practical work in primary science

Curriculum progression in primary science

Followed by a keynote talk from Jasper Green, HMI.

Who is it for?

Birmingham primary teachers, science leaders and SLT.

What topics are covered?

Workshops will be on:

Assessment and progression in primary science by Gill Fair:

Evidence shows that effective assessment for learning leads to raised attainment. Without formal levels we need to understand how to make judgements about children’s achievements and progress. This workshop will examine ways to integrate and embed assessment practices into your schools science teaching.

Outcomes: You’ll gain knowledge of a range of AfL strategies that effectively promote children’s learning. You will acquire a deeper understanding of progression by learning to confidently assess children’s learning in science and identify next steps.

Primary science pedagogy by Claire Raxworthy-Cooper

In this webinar we will look at the questioning aspect of primary science pedagogy and how this can improve the teaching and learning of science by allowing pupils to think of their own investigative questions to follow. We will share ideas of how children can go from question, to investigation, to conclusion to underpin their science learning.

Purposeful practical work in primary science by Dr Jenny Watson

One issue in children’s science learning is that children’s practical work is often prescriptive and lacks purpose – ‘hands on’ rather than ‘minds on’. This workshop will discuss questions like: Why we should make primary science practical?, How do we teach the NC science content through working scientifically?, How do I fit enquiries into a short science lesson? and What if the children get the wrong answers?

Curriculum progression in primary science by Dr Jenny Watson

This workshop will discuss resources and ideas for promoting progression in both substantive (conceptual) and disciplinary (WS) knowledge, so that children extend their prior learning, rather than repeating this, and are provided with the solid NC foundations they need for future science learning and making sense of the ‘bigger picture’ of Science in the real world.

Keynote talk by Jasper Green – Structure and function of the science curriculum: key insights from Ofsted’s review of research

Subjects sit at the very heart of Ofsted’s education inspection framework. Last year, we carried out a review of research to understand the principles that underpin a high-quality science education. In this talk I will outline what we found and consider what this means for your work in school and our work as an inspectorate.

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  • 3rd February 2022
    13:00 - 16:00
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