Our Solar System and Beyond: Teaching Primary Science

FutureLearn Our Solar System and Beyond: Teaching Primary Science

Platform
FutureLearn
Provider
Royal Observatory, Greenwich
Effort
3 hours/week
Length
3 weeks
Language
English
Credentials
Paid Certificate Available
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Overview
Understand the Solar System and how to teach it with real-life astronomers
Understanding the Solar System and how to teach it can be a tricky business. Fortunately astronomers at the Royal Observatory Greenwich are here to help.

In this online course, they’ll help you understand space, address some common misconceptions, and introduce you to the science and people behind real-life, cutting-edge discoveries.

You’ll also find out how to select the most appropriate resources for your primary science lessons. You’ll explore digital resources, museum tips, video chats and podcasts, and find out what works best for your students.

This course is designed for primary school teachers and home educators, who have an interest in expanding their knowledge of space, the Solar System and science more broadly, and improving their primary science lessons.

What topics will you cover?
Week 1 - Tackling scary science
  • Communicating space science and astronomy
  • Perceptions of science
  • Explain astronomical concepts
  • Reflect on your teaching
  • Common misconceptions
Week 2 - Teaching primary science and beyond
  • Teaching astronomy
  • Going off-curriculum
Week 3 - New science - taking it beyond the classroom
  • Real science, real scientists, real data
  • Science outside the classroom
  • What next? Incorporating new ideas in the classroom

Taught by
Liz Avery
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FutureLearn
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