9:00–9:20 Introduction

    Charlotte Jackson, Science Teaching and Learning Adviser for Herts for Learning

    Your host for this year’s virtual conference will kick off with a quick introduction before passing on to our keynote and guest speaker.

    9:20-10:25 Engaging all children with science: The primary science capital teaching approach

    Professor Louise Archer, Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education at UCL Institute of Education

    Professor Louise Archer

    About the speaker

    Louise has conducted extensive research on educational identities and inequalities, including large national projects focussing on young people's participation in science. Her current studies include a research and development project, funded by the Primary Science Teaching Trust and The Ogden Trust, working with teachers to co-develop a Science Capital Teaching Approach for primary schools.

    About the session

    While many children enjoy school science, evidence shows that even from a young age, most see it as something that is 'interesting, but not for me'. How and why does this happen and what can teachers do to support more children to meaningfully connect with science? This talk shares evidence from two current studies that I direct: The 13 year, longitudinal ASPIRES study helps explain the issues and reasons for differential engagement with science and the Primary Science Capital project has been working 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.

    10:35-11:40 Engaging and inspiring children through topical science

    Paul Tyler, Primary Teacher and Science Lead

    Paul Tyler

    About the speaker

    Paul is an experienced primary teacher and science lead. He was the recipient of a Primary Science Teacher Award from the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) in 2013 and is an active member of the Association of Science Education. He speaks regularly at national and international conferences and writes a free monthly Topical Science Update for teachers. He is passionate about developing children's Science Capital and finding ways to get up to date science research into the curriculum.

    About the session

    The session takes a closer look at what Topical 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 about the best ways of keeping up with the latest scientific advances, the benefits of participating in Citizen Science projects (to develop scientific behaviours) and how to use the big science issues to develop scientific literacy.

    11:50-12:50 Primary science, outdoor learning and nature. Are we making the most of these connections?

    Charlotte Jackson, Science Teaching and Learning Adviser, Herts for Learning

    Charlotte Jackson

    About the session

    Providing children with first hand experiences of nature helps to develop an interest in, and understanding of, the natural world around them that will stay with them through life. Now, more than ever, this seems essential. This session will explore how to enhance the curriculum to make the most of the outdoors and nature and inspire the future generation.

    12:50-13:00 Questions and conference close

    ‘The Science Conference blew me away and was so inspirational that I shared most of the ideas/practical and theoretical with all the staff in a meeting the next week!’

    Sarah Hardie, Science Leader, Sandridge Primary School

    By attending the conference delegates will:

    • review the components of a great science curriculum for pupils in their school
    • explore how to inspire pupils and teachers to engage with science
    • consider how to recognise and use current good practice in science teaching and learning
    • explore how to develop scientific literacy
    • reflect on how to develop their science curriculum to make it real and relevant to their pupils

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