This week, Jackie Flaherty, Ogden Teaching and Learning Lead for the Trust, has been working with students undertaking their PGDipEd in secondary science at Birmingham University.
The 55 students are currently preparing for a primary placement week in January, and Jackie offered some valuable insights, tips and tricks for primary science.
“I delivered a version of our Primary Physics Professional Learning (P3L) workshop on Light and Sound and introduced the students to lots of practical activities for the classroom,” explains Jackie. “We explored the progression of working scientifically skills that are developed throughout the primary curriculum from Early Years to Key Stage 2 and considered the transition from primary to secondary science.
“I was delighted to be asked to work with the education students in order to showcase our Ogden primary physics resources and heighten their awareness of transition,” concludes Jackie.
As part of the workshop, the students were also introduced to the Best Evidence Science Teaching resources from The University of York, which are based on research evidence and are FREE to download. The BEST resources are a very useful tool for secondary teachers to use with their KS3 classes to diagnose starting points and misconceptions, and to deal with any misconceptions that the students have.
“The session was incredibly useful in raising the awareness of our trainee teachers of issues of transition between KS2 and KS3 and exposing them to a range of pedagogical strategies used in primary science,” says Dan Cottle, Lecturer in Secondary Education (Physics) at the University of Birmingham. “And they had lots of fun!”