The primary science conference aims to inspire and enthuse science leaders of all experiences. Delegates will receive updates about the latest developments, resources and ideas to continue to develop their science curricular in school.
Louise Archer will be opening the conference with as session on engaging children with science and looking at the capital teaching approach. Louise is currently the Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education at UCL Institute of Education. She has conducted extensive research on educational identities and inequalities, including large national projects focusing on young people's participation in science. Louise's session will share evidence from two current studies that she directs: The 13 year, longitudinal ASPIRES study helps explain the issues and reasons for differential engagement with science and the Primary Science Capital project that has worked with primary teachers from across England to co-develop an evidence-based way of teaching science that can connect with more children. The talk explains the approach and shares examples of how teachers have been applying it in practice.
Paul Tyler, an experienced primary teacher and science lead and who was the recipient of a Primary Science Teacher Award from the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) in 2013, will deliver a keynote on engaging and inspiring children through Topical Science. This session will take a closer look at what Topic Science is and how to use it to engage and inspire pupils and give science relevance in their lives. It will showcase resources and strategies for bringing the latest science and technology into your classroom to help develop children's scientific behaviours, scientific literacy and curiosity about the world around them. Delegates will find out the best ways of keeping up with the latest scientific advances, the benefits of participating in Citizen Science projects and how to use the big science issues to develop scientific literacy.