This week, 40 teachers and teaching assistants arrived at Kingston Grammar School for the first Ogden Primary Physics Professional Learning (P3L) day of 2019. Four hands-on workshops were delivered over the course of the day bringing science to life with some amazing practical science activities, resources and ideas for how physics can be taught in the primary classroom.
Science is often not taught by a specialist teacher at primary level and developing teacher skills and confidence is an important factor in getting children to engage with the subject and to believe they can be scientists.
The P3L CPD programme has been designed to enthuse and excite primary science practitioners, as well as equip them with knowledge and ideas for delivering hands-on science in the classroom. Although science is at the heart of the P3L programme, English, maths and cross-curricular themes run throughout the sessions.
Delegates experienced magnetic mathematics, electrifying English, the creative cosmos and the physics of light & sound. They left Kingston with new found knowledge and confidence, as well as numerous resources to support them back in the classroom, including Space 4D cards, colour wheels, Uv beads, teachers' guides and experiment cards.
"Fantastic practical ideas with affordable resources; inspiring, enthusiastic presenters."
"So many ideas and resources I can use instantly! Lots of low-cost ideas too."
“Scientific ideas and language do not have to be limited to the small amount of dedicated primary science time – they can be embedded throughout the curriculum, capturing curiosity, supporting primary progression and stimulating learning,” says Amanda Poole, one of the P3L trainers and Ogden lead for resource development. “Maths, design & technology, literacy, art … science can be interwoven into any number of subjects in the primary classroom and given a real-world context to inspire young learners.
“For P3L we have mapped the subject links across some of the key areas of the curriculum – highlighting books that can be introduced, key questions that can be asked and classroom activities that can be undertaken,” concludes Amanda.
“This is a new format for P3L and we are delighted with the feedback we received from this first day at Kingston,” added Jackie Flaherty, teaching and learning lead for the Trust. “The course is designed and delivered by teachers and primary physics experts. We know how hard it is for teachers to take time out of the classroom, but we believe P3L is a really valuable CPD opportunity for science leaders who can then cascade their newfound knowledge back at their school.”
"Fantastic manageable and practical ideas to use in the classroom; very cross-curricular."
"Gained a lot of knowledge, resources and activities which I can take back to school. Even as an experienced teacher I learnt a lot from the day."
"So many ideas for across the curriculum; ideas for resources and progression. Really valuable CPD to share with school."
“It was a pleasure to work with Kingston to deliver this first P3L of 2019. The P3L team and the delegates really appreciated the venue and the hospitality, which created such a positive learning environment. We are looking forward to taking our P3L programme to even more teachers around the country over the coming months,” said Jackie.
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