There were five Primary Physics Professional Learning (P3L) days in 2018, with more than 250 teachers undertaking invaluable professional development for the primary science curriculum. Science is often not taught by a specialist teacher at primary school; developing teacher skills and confidence is an important factor in getting children to engage with the subject and to believe they can be scientists.
“We had fantastic feedback on our P3L programme this year,” says Jackie Flaherty, teaching and learning lead for the Trust. “The teachers really appreciated the practical hands-on approach of our sessions. They found it refreshing to have a course devised and delivered by practising teachers and primary science experts that covered physics content and encouraged a 'working scientifically' approach across all primary year groups.”
“For 2019, we have built upon feedback from delegates and from head teachers and we believe we have developed an even stronger CPD offering. We are of course keeping physics at the heart of the training, but we will be incorporating a wider curriculum view too,” explains Jackie.
“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 CPD 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,” continues Jackie. “Physics topics provide a fascinating context for the other core subjects and the broader curriculum too. Teachers will return to their schools with new found knowledge and confidence, as well as numerous resources to support them, including Space 4D cards, colour wheels, Uv beads, teachers' guides and experiment cards, to mention just a few.”
The day-long P3L CPD courses are available at independent schools and universities; with costs subsidised by the host venue and by The Ogden Trust these full-day courses cost only £20 at most. Delegates will gather ideas for resourcing science in their school, gain confidence in up-skilling other staff, develop personal science subject knowledge, develop ideas for working scientifically from Early Years to Key Stage 2 and look at how science can contribute to other areas of learning.
There are already five dates confirmed for 2019 with more in the pipeline. Full details of the courses available and how to be book can be found here.