Teaching primary science: exploring space NE003 / A21

Start date
2 Aug 21
Duration
3 Weeks
Learning Method
Online Delivered CPD

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Summary

Online, self-paced course. Participants can join and start this course at any time after the advertised date. Explore the Moon, Mars and deep space with your primary pupils through practical activities and the exciting context of space exploration when teaching the primary curriculum. Learn about current and future space missions, aiming to explore our solar system and beyond. Discover effective ways in which to engage pupils in science and wider STEM activities linked to space exploration.
Taking part in this CPD will provide evidence for the Space Education Quality Mark (SEQM). It will also give you resources and subject knowledge that will enable you to plan lessons and enrichment activities to provide further evidence towards the quality mark. In the first week you will be presented with an activity grid to help you to identify areas which support the curriculum and give opportunities for working scientifically. This grid can also be used as part of the evidence for your submission. 

Who is it for?

This course is for primary school teachers. There will be references to the English National Curriculum but learners will be encouraged to review their local curricula to contextualise the course content.

What topics are covered?

This three week course covers:
  • engaging children with working scientifically
  • current and future space missions and how they can be linked to the curriculum
  • practical activities based upon the search for exoplanets
  • careers in space research and industry
  • exploring space using telescopes

How will you learn?

This online, self-paced course can be completed flexibly. Participants can join and start this course at any time after the advertised date. Find out how our online CPD works.
This course is not facilitated. You can learn independently or with colleagues to directly address your individual needs.

How long is this course?

This course takes around three hours per week to complete and you do not need to be online at any specific time. You can take the course at your own pace. 

Who is the course leader?

  • Course Authors:

    • Tom Lyons
    • Rachel Jackson

    Developed in partnership with ESERO UK.

Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • investigate opportunities to link space exploration and space missions in your lessons to excite and inspire your pupils.
  • develop lesson plans that involve working scientifically, using space as a context.
  • explain using models, some of the scientific concepts and ideas involved in space exploration.

Sessions

DateTime
Teaching primary science: exploring space02 August 202100:00-00:00

Notes

FutureLearn terms and conditions: This course is hosted on the FutureLearn social learning platform and you will need to create an account if you do not already have one. 

In addition to STEM Learning Terms and Conditions, by booking on this course you are consenting to your details being shared with FutureLearn under their Terms and Conditions for Invited Learners. By booking onto this course, you agree that your information will be held by FutureLearn and National STEM Learning Centre as data controllers in common, and your progress on this course will be monitored by STEM Learning.

If you have booked in advance of the course being available, you will receive access to the course on FutureLearn no later than the course start date.

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Cost

State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£90.00 +VAT
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£112.50 +VAT

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