Early Years Science provide specialist Science support for Primary Schools (4-11) and includes the Foundation Stage (KUW), Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and links throughout the Curriculum. Below is an introduction to the training available.

A very effective way of ensuring 'good value for money' CPD for staff is to join together with other schools – courses accomodate upto 25 participants.

Training can be half day, full day or twilight staff meetings (see Conditions).

Courses:

  • The New Curriculum is now ready for use and is statutory from September 2014. This course includes ongoing 'assessment without levels'
  • Working Scientifically – how to ensure science is taught using practical scientific methods and assessment techniques
  • Exciting = Science for the Early Years in context

Early Years Science provide specialist Science support for Primary Schools (4-11) and includes the Foundation Stage (KUW), Key Stage In addition we can provide the following support:

1. Whole school Science INSET – Consolidating a whole school approach to tie in with you School Improvement Plan and to make your Science memorable and meaningful.

2. Support for the Science Leader to manage or develop their subject.

3. Primary Science Quality Mark – I am a Hub Leader for the PSQM. If you wish to take this route, please see the section about the PSQM under Links.

4. Support for development of School grounds or outdoor areas (including ponds, gardens and wild areas).

5. Support for Science Weeks or Science Days. This is bespoke to your own requirements and could be an introductory Assembly or support for planning or delivery.

6. Support for outdoor Science activities. Why not visit your local park, woodland or seashore to discover the Science?

7. Science Workshops for children in any area of the Science Curriculum.

8. Science Learning Centres. Since the recent rearrangement of SLC, I now deliver Courses through MyScience, so if you prefer you can book your CPD through them. To find out more, please follow SLC link.

9. Teacher Science Knowledge development/refresher. To non-specialists, Science can appear daunting and without secure subject knowledge, children’s misconceptions can easily be overlooked or consolidated. Secure teacher knowledge not only increase Teacher confidence but also encourages more risk-taking resulting in more meaningful and memorable Science.

10. Creative Curriculum development – includes ideas for using different Science contexts. Please see the Pea Plan which is one example of a range of creative use of resources.

11. Assessment. Assessing where pupils are and knowing the relevant next steps for them is the key. Assessment is most useful when it is ongoing and intrinsically part of each session.

If you are interested in any of these of have any other specific Science in mind, please contact us and we would be delighted to discuss your requirements.

Up to date ideas using AfL, APP and other assessment tools in Science.

“The day was well organised and helped us gain a greater
understanding ofwhat we need to do next” (About the PSQM)

Pokesdown Primary School, Bournemouth

Association For Science in Education (ASE) www.ase.org.uk
The largest Science Association of teachers in the UK provides a vital up to date link to Science information, courses and resources.

Science Learning Centres www.sciencelearningcentres.org.uk
The Science Learning Centre is based in York and courses are now available through 'MyScience'. Caroline is a registered course presenter.

Getting Practical www.gettingpractical.org.uk
Funded until Summer 2011 this free training Course gets you thinking about a more practical approach to Science.

Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) www.psqm.org.uk
The PSQM provides a framework for developing assessing and celebrating the quality of Science provision in your School. Caroline is a Hub Leader.

Primary UpD8 www.primaryupd8.org.uk
A brilliant set of activities using current newsworthy Science topics.

Primary Science Teaching Trust www.pstt.org.uk
AZTT provide funding for CPD for schools and individual funding for Primary Science projects.

Planet Science www.planet-science.com
Some great ideas for under 11s, including things like videos of interviews with real scientists.

SCIcentre www.le.ac.uk/education/centres/
sci/SCIcentre.html

The national centre for initial teacher training in Science promotes the image and role of Science in the modern Society and contains online help on cross curricular Science and Teacher subject knowledge.

Science Museum www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/
educators.aspx

Online games and activities for educators, including visits to the Museum itself.

British Science Association
www.britishscienceassociation.org
/web/NSEW/BA
organise the National Science Week – 14th – 23rd March 2014 Includes Crest awards and Science Club activities.

Local business that support Early Years Science

Alter Ego www.fancydress.uk.net/
Bring Science to life with role play costumes for Scientists, animals, masks etc. - from caterpillar to butterfly!