Making primary physics matter

25 September 2019

“This is certainly one of the best CPD events I have attended and will definitely have an immediate, positive impact on every child in my school.”
Durham delegate

Nearly 300 teachers have taken part in our Primary Physics Professional Learning (P3L) days so far this year, including a full-house of 85 who attended our most recent event at Durham University.

At each of the days, our specialist physics practitioners have delivered four hands-on workshops which bring science to life with some amazing practical activities, resources and ideas for how physics can be taught in the primary classroom.

The latest P3L at Durham University was organised by the Ogden Regional Representative and University Outreach Officer Dr Lorraine Coghill.

“We were so delighted to welcome over 80 primary teachers to Durham University's Physics Department, exactly where much of the research and teaching happens,” says Lorraine. “As the only P3L venue in the North East, we are determined to support primary schools in the teaching and learning, and in exploring the real-world applications of physics.”

“The feedback has been incredible,” she concludes. “Highlighting the importance and value of this type of positive primary science training – with resources and ideas that can be brought immediately into the classroom.”

Primary Physics Professional Learning: creative cosmos
Primary Physics Professional Learning: making play dough planets in the creative cosmos workshop.

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 teachers, as well as equip them with subject knowledge and ideas for delivering hands-on science in the classroom. Practical demonstrations, problem solving activities and investigations support teachers in the development of working scientifically across all year groups. Although science is at the heart of the P3L programme, English, maths and cross-curricular themes run throughout the sessions.

Lucy Flanagan, Science Leader at Victoria Lane Academy took part in the P3L day at Durham and is full of praise. “The p3L training was absolutely brilliant and I can't wait to share the investigations we were shown today with staff back at school,” she enthuses. “Every workshop was filled with practical ideas to inspire and teach all ages of primary children. The huge range of free resources available on the Ogden website ensure that teachers will be able to easily, effectively and confidently deliver physics teaching. This is certainly one of the best CPD events I have attended and will definitely have an immediate, positive impact on every child in my school.”

Primary Physics Professional Learning: magnetic maths.
Primary Physics Professional Learning: magnetic maths.

Delegates experience magnetic mathematics, electrifying English, the creative cosmos and the physics of light & sound. The sessions explore how scientific ideas and language can be embedded throughout the curriculum, capturing curiosity, supporting primary progression and stimulating learning; P3L 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.

Delegates leave the P3L days with newfound 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.

Book now for P3L sessions in Exeter and Trowbridge or register your interest for events in 2020.

Primary Physics Professional Learning: electrifying English - delegates create a complete circuit to light up the classroom.
Primary Physics Professional Learning: electrifying English - delegates create a complete circuit to light up the classroom.
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