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Cross-curricular opportunities in primary science

11 March @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Explore practical ways of stimulating creativity, reinforcing understanding and forming real-world connections between subjects.

Session 1 – Linking science and ICT
Julia Briggs (eLIM School Development Advisor) will explore how technology can help learners to observe, look for patterns and to identify, group and classify animals and plants. Technology can also be used to support comparative and fair testing and increase opportunities for research. Bring a tablet or laptop to consider a variety of resources that will develop curiosity and excitement, and help learners to increase the power of the explanations they give for natural phenomena.

Session 2 – Linking science with history
Dr Alison Trew (Area Mentor, Primary Science Teaching Trust) is co-author of ‘Standing On the Shoulders of Giants’, a resource that introduces a framework for learning about famous historical scientists, which emphasizes their work rather than facts about their lives. She will show how practical enquiries that model those carried out by the scientist help to develop an understanding of how their work was carried out and how scientific ideas have changed over time. She will also share another PSTT resource, ‘Engineering our World’, which introduces eight famous scientists and engineers through group-based engineering challenges.

Session 3 – Linking science with geography
Ed Walsh, (author, curriculum developer, CPD provider, STEM Learning) will demonstrate the real potential for linking these subjects and improving the quality of T&L in doing so. Not only is there scope to use shared concepts such as the water cycle and geological processes but there are organisations producing high quality ready-to-use curriculum materials. Try out activities from Practical Action and the National Farmers Union and consider how they can be used to engage pupils and provide teachers with effective resources. Furthermore, developing this link also provides a valuable way into aspects of the curriculum such as citizenship, global awareness and sustainability.

£85 per person, with a 20% discount for bookings made by 14 February

Book online at http://www.stem.org.uk/rp198

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11 March
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Nerrols Primary School
Nerrols Drive
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8GS
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