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Capturing curiosity

Published: 4 March 2020

Last week, 80 Midlands-based teachers visited the JCB headquarters in Rocester for an Ogden Primary Physics Professional Learning (P3L) day.

The capacity audience enjoyed four hands-on workshops delivered by specialist physics practitioners; each session designed to bring science to life with some amazing practical activities, investigations, resources and ideas for how physics can be taught in the primary classroom.

Teacher CPD - making a human circuit

Delegates experienced magnetic mathematics, electrifying English, the creative cosmos and the physics of light & sound. The sessions explored how scientific ideas and language can be embedded throughout the curriculum, capturing curiosity, supporting primary progression and stimulating learning.

Delegates appreciated the “passion of the presenters and their expertise” and the sense of “being valued as a teacher;” they enjoyed the “practical ideas to use in class and the real life contexts/examples” that were brought to the day.

A close up of the Ogden magnetic racing car game
teachers gathered around tables for CPD

The P3L programme demonstrates that science can be interwoven into any number of subjects in the primary classroom and given a real-world context to inspire young learners. A tour of the state-of-the art JCB headquarters reinforced the real-world application of STEM subjects as delegates visited a JCB assembly line to see science and engineering in action.

“Great idea to share with colleagues and use with the children.”
P3L delegate, JCB

“This event at JCB has really captured the imagination of teachers in the area and it has been inspiring to see a capacity audience engaging with the workshops, with each other and with the fantastic venue,” says Ogden Trustee Ed Ogden, who attended the day. “Working in partnership with business and industry really puts science into context and gives a valuable insight into the essential contribution that STEM skills can make to the workplace. We need to engage primary pupils in the possibilities of future STEM careers and working with JCB can hopefully contribute to this,” concludes Ed.

“Inspiring throughout”
P3L delegate, JCB

“Holding a P3L day at the JCB headquarters reinforces the real-world application of physics and STEM subjects,” adds Clare Harvey, Chief Executive of The Ogden Trust. “Our P3L workshops bring science to life with some amazing practical activities, resources and ideas for how physics can be taught in the primary classroom. Our collaboration with JCB brings another dimension to this CPD and the delivery of primary science.”

people gathered for a lecture
JCB Diesel Max vehicle
Candle in Peppers Ghost investigation

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