A physics practical

8 November 2018

Last week, 30 primary school teachers arrived at Dulwich School, London for the final Primary Physics Professional Learning (P3L) day of 2018.

This programme has been designed to increase teacher skills and confidence for all science subject leaders and Key Stage 2 teachers, and to encourage creativity in the application of science in the classroom.

The delegates who took part in the day at Dulwich were led through a series of practical hands-on workshops by Dr Jenny Watson, Carole Kenrick and Kirstin Greygoose – all teachers from the Ogden training team with primary science expertise.

The sessions were full of ideas for working scientifically and incorporated maths and English skills development in the context of science – in this session at Dulwich the central theme was electricity, a complex and abstract area of primary science that can be hard to deliver in the classroom. Each delegate got a class set of resources for an investigation into conductors and insulators which included five fabulous ‘cosmic balls.’

"A fantastic series of workshops that not only engaged, informed and re-energised my teaching of electricity but also gave me several ideas to go back and suggest to others involved in STEM at our school."

"Very inspiring speakers, really knowledgable and good at explaining new ideas – would highly recommend."

"Lots of practical workshops. Engaging and surprising from start to finish."

"I really enjoyed the hand-on activities (why wouldn't you?) Also, there were lots of new ideas for working scientifically."

"Really practical, hands-on; friendly and professional presenters. Great source of ideas."

The P3L programme for 2019 is currently being finalised. Each session next year will focus on the teaching of science within the classroom and will use methods which are easy to implement. English, maths and cross-curricular themes will be incorporated in the training as we explore magnetic mathematics, electrifying English, the creative cosmos and the physics of light and sound.

“Science is a core subject and the P3L sessions are designed to improve physics subject knowledge and inspire teachers to use engaging, practical ideas to develop the scientists of the future in their primary classrooms,” explains Jackie Flaherty, the national teaching and learning lead for the Trust. “Physics topics provide a fascinating context for the other core subjects and the broader curriculum too and teachers will return to their schools with numerous resources to support them.”

To register your interest for 2019, please sign up here. We will email details of the available courses to you once they are confirmed.

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