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Teaching Primary Science: Exploring Space (FutureLearn)

Plan your own space week and learn how space exploration can inspire your primary school science students to work scientifically. Explore the Moon, Mars, and deep space with your primary pupils. The thrill of space exploration is an exciting context for teaching the primary curriculum. On this course, you’ll learn how to use examples from space exploration to teach science and technology in school, and discover hands-on activities for your pupils to enjoy.

You’ll address common misconceptions about space, and explore current and future space missions.

As you explore the solar system and beyond, you’ll learn effective ways to engage pupils in science and wider STEM activities, and build a curriculum plan using the context of space exploration to support your pupils’ learning.

What topics will you cover?

In this course, you’ll discuss with other teachers and draw upon a range of resources to develop your approach to teaching primary science with the context of space exploration. You will look at how to:

– engage children in working scientifically

– learn about current and future space missions and how they can be linked to the curriculum

– investigate forces and mechanisms in robotics

– explore practical activities based upon the search for exoplanets

– explore careers in space research and industry

– find out about how we can explore space using telescopes

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

– Investigate opportunities to link space exploration and space missions with your lessons to excite and inspire your pupils.

– Develop lesson plans that involve working scientifically, using space as a context.

– Explain using models, some of the scientific concepts and ideas involved in space exploration.