Investigative Science in the Classroom
We have run courses in Science Learning Centres, universities, teacher centres and schools for twenty years and we continually review and update our materials.
Our courses are inspiring and bursting with practical ideas.
We offer CPD to increase confidence in teaching science enquiry and investigative skills, for experienced teachers, new teachers, trainee teachers, and teaching assistants.
CPD for teachers with more experience in teaching primary science, including science co-ordinators and subject leaders, to discuss a small range of contexts which may be challenging to present to primary pupils, are likely to introduce misunderstandings, or which are difficult for class teachers to extend (to level 4 in the English Curriculum and beyond).
CPD on creating a buzz in science through science clubs, family days and events. We have over seventeen years' experience of running science clubs and managing family days.
"Hands on task / lots of great ideas for science lessons to take back. Whole table felt that the presentation was very good – wish that we had been inspired by science with explorations like today, when we were at school."
"Practical ideas / resources / recommended books etc investigative skills, addressed misconceptions. Feel enthused."
"Very practical and plenty of ideas across key stages. Excellent."
Exciting practical school-based INSET
We offer primary INSET days to support the teaching of science enquiry and investigative skills. We aim to increase staff confidence in structuring investigations for themselves and in encouraging pupils to ask questions and look for answers.
We design the day to meet the needs of each school's curriculum, focussing activities on materials and their properties and physical processes. Shorter courses are negotiable.
We can arrange twilight sessions, but these should normally follow a specifically designed school workshop day with three classes of pupils. As many members of staff as possible should visit the class workshop sessions, so that we can establish an initial framework for discussion in the short twilight INSET.
"I'm glad I made the right choice of selecting Sphere Science when looking for someone to share their expertise with us :)"
"I would like to say huge thank you for a lovely inset. Staff were excited and have been asking for some of the resources they used. The inset also encouraged them to think outside the box and as a result they have adapted some of their plans."
The usual cost of our one-day course is £520 + VAT. Costs include materials and assumes up to thirty participants at an agreed venue. Notes are available but photocopying is not included.
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