On Thursday 23 October, 27 teachers from 24 Oldham primary schools visited our Regional Science Centre to attend a day’s course on ‘Primary Physics’. This is part of a new development in the Primary Science Project to increase sustainability and impact.
The course looked at delivering the Physics elements of the new primary science curriculum in interesting and practical ways such as observing over time, pattern seeking and grouping and classifying. Experiments included making traffic lights circuits, electromagnets, tuning fork ball games, balloon rockets and modelling the solar system. We also looked at possible ways of children recording their findings and of assessing children’s skills in Science.
In addition to having the opportunity to try new activities for use with their own classes, teachers who attended the course were able to network with colleagues in a way which is not normally possible during a busy school day.
We hope that this event will be the first of a number of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events for teachers and teaching assistants at the Regional Science Centre and we hope that future events will be offered to schools outside of the Oldham area to widen the impact of the project.