Working Scientifically - Skills, Enquiry Types and Progression in Primary Science

Suitable for: Subject Leaders, Teachers

Course code Keystages Presented by
SCI161 KS1; KS2
  • Rachael Webb (Teaching and Learning Consultant-Primary)

Become familiar with ‘Working Scientifically’ skills and enquiry in EYFS, KS1 and KS2
Consider how to develop a shared understanding of skills progression across the school
Provide a wide range of strategies for planning, resourcing and organising scientific enquiry
Provide ideas for using assessment for learning to support practical skills and embed key concepts
Share strategies to monitor skill progression and to moderate teacher judgements of standards.

This full day course gives teachers the opportunity to look at intended progression throughout the ‘Working Scientifically’ strand of the Primary Science Curriculum. Delegates will develop an understanding of the different types of scientific enquiry and consider how children can take ownership of their own independent investigations and behave like real scientists to developing the skills of working scientifically. From engaging ideas for making science more relevant through to children planning their own investigations, data handling and effective conclusions; a full range of skills will be addressed.
Th following will be covered during the day;
• Planning for different types of enquiry
• Skills progression documents
• Children raising their own questions which they go on to test
• Independence and challenge in investigations
• Chn planning their enquiries in different age phases - expectations
• Ideas and resources to support enquiries
• Focused recording of skills rather than writing up whole investigations
• TAPS resource for skills assessment
• Ideas for focused monitoring of WS to consider impact on learning

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