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Primary Science Conference

Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage, Robertson House, Six Hills Way
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Charlotte Jackson
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Target Audience
Classroom Teachers / Subject Leaders
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Academies and Schools (including EYFS)
Event Description
How can an effective primary science curriculum be developed to engage all and deliver progression in both working scientifically skills and conceptual understanding?

This year’s Primary science conference will focus on how to ensure every pupil is provided with the best introduction to science by reviewing the curriculum and its intent, implementation and impact.

We will explore how to develop curiosity and wonder while giving children the skills to enquire and discover the world around them. Throughout the day delegates, will have the opportunity to listen to a range of inspiring speakers and share ideas and good practice with colleagues to support in developing their own science curriculums.


Wondersmiths: How primary teachers and parents can give children a good start in science education – Alom Shaha

Alom is a science teacher, dad of two, and author of books including Mr Shaha’s Recipes. He has spent most of his professional life trying to share his passion for science and education with the public. He has produced, directed, and appeared in a number of television programmes for broadcasters such as the BBC, and has held fellowships from the National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts (NESTA) and the Nuffield Foundation.

How does effective leadership and an aspirational curriculum impact on the quality of teaching and learning in science? – Jane Turner BA (Hons), PGCE, MEd, CsciTeach

Jane taught in in Hertfordshire and London. She is now the Director of the Primary Science Quality Mark, based at the University of Hertfordshire where she is an Associate Professor in the School of Education. Jane is lead author of the 2011 ASE guide to Science Enquiry; It’s Not Fair Or Is it? which significantly influenced the Primary National Curriculum for Science, has contributed to several primary and early years education publications and research projects and is series editor for Snap Science. She has worked as an advisor to the DfE, the BBC and the Learned Bodies on primary science assessment and curriculum.

How stories can be used to enhance the teaching and learning of science – Jules Pottle

Jules loves using stories to teach science. She is a Primary Science Specialist Teacher at a village school in Oxfordshire and was awarded PSTT Primary Science Teacher of the Year 2015 for her work, teaching science through stories. She also works with Storytelling Schools as a Literacy and Science Specialist and has published several books including 'Science Through Stories' (Smith and Pottle, Hawthorn, 2015) and 'The Molliebird - an evolution story' (PSTT, 2019).
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Learning outcomes
By attending the conference, participants will: 

  • review the components of a great science curriculum for pupils in their school

  • consider how to implement and evaluate the impact of the intended science curriculum

  • explore how to develop teacher confidence and enthusiasm for science

  • consider how to recognise and use current good practice in science teaching and learning

  • review resources which will support in planning and assessing

  • consider how meaningful links can be made across the curriculum

Additional Information
Please note, this conference has been rescheduled from Friday 8 November 2019 to Wednesday 13 November 2019.
Start Date
Wednesday 13 November 2019
End Date
Wednesday 13 November 2019
Closing Date
Tuesday 12 November 2019
09:00 - 16:00
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