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STEM Full Day Accelerator - Primary

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Primary Science TPL Rapid Upskill!

Designed from real classroom experiences, this modular day helps you create consistently effective science learning that directly address the new curriculum with easily accessible and cost-effective materials.

  • Suitable for all Primary Teachers and available Australia-wide.
  • Designed to build science capacity in your school
  • Highly interactive & hands-on... creativity is celebrated here!
  • Embedded curriculum planning
  • Built on materials you can source from the local shops
  • Includes kit to take back to school for instant implementation
  • NSW teachers - ask us about NESA endorsement

You can tailor your day by mixing and matching what you need to make the most of the day. Choose from STEM ideation, Formative assessment on the go, Science & digital tech, Scientific method deep dive and Working mathematically.

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What do participants do?


In this hands-on workshop participants move through a variety of proven experiments that teach students how to engage with the scientific method effectively. Educators learn how to identify and test variables, as well as the ways for students to construct fair tests that are meaningful. Following this, educators learn how to build their schools capacity in science teaching by creating a series of school science kits from household materials as well as tools to engage parents and the community in this learning, all whilst embedding this in the curriculum in a teaching & learning sequence.
 
This full-day rapid upskill TPL session is fun, engaging and packed with real science embedded in the curriculum that will inspire students & accelerate learning!
 
Flying toilet paper
Teacher PD around the table
 

Format


The day is broken up into 3 distinct sections;
 
Before Morning Tea Introduction & Principles of Science Literacy

After Morning Tea

Your choice of module, where this could be either

  • STEM ideation
  • Formative assessment
  • Science & digital tech,
  • Scientific method deep dive
  • Working mathematically
After Lunch Making it happen!
Rapid development of the curriculum to suit the needs of learners. It's all about implementing the ideas raised throughout the day.

Teachers are paired up as part of a Professional Learning Network so that following the TPL day;
 
  1. Teachers can work with each other to support the implementation of their goals for their school.
     
  2. The following school term all teachers are invited to share what they have achieved and find ways to collaborate and extend student learning opportunities.

Tailored Modules

It's all about choice!
The middle session of the day will be focussed on an area you want to give you outcome you need.
During afternoon session we work together on how this can be implemented.

Choose one of the following below...

STEM Ideation

Square wheel car rolling along water bottles

We’ve all heard the acronym STEM… so what does it really mean to put this into classroom practice? In this module we look closely at what ideas have been used by other schools and then together we rapidly develop ideas for STEM in your school. This is module is about co-creation of STEM lesson activities that students love and planning for how to realistically implement a lesson sequence that fits in school timetable.

 

Formative Assessment

Students building a human body torso model

Do your students genuinely understand the scientific principles that you’re teaching? How deep is their understanding exactly? Can you measure this on the fly? How can you be sure that your assessment is targeting the skills necessary for future studies? This module is all about getting into the heart of formative assessment in science education, all whilst keeping the learner’s needs in mind as well as what industry expects outside of school.

Scientific Method Deep Dive

Sugar and skittles dissolving in a plate of water

Listing off facts & figures doesn’t mean that a student actually ‘gets science’. This module is specifically designed to help you teach students how to work scientifically by investigating the scientific method in detail:

  • forming a hypothesis
  • identifying variables and fair testing
  • experimental design and reporting
  • critical thinking and problem solving

These 4 elements are essential for students to engage in the scientific method and form the basis for scientific literacy in the entire Primary Science & Technology Syllabus. On completing this science workshop you will be well-equipped to teach students to plan and undertake their own first-hand investigations as well as evaluate their results correctly, regardless of what unit of work they are studying!

 

Working Mathematically

teacher and student weighing cans on a kitchen scale

How does mathematics apply to the real world? The focus of this module is to demonstrate how mathematics works in the real world and how answers need to be evaluated carefully against how the experiment is designed. Mathematical concepts cover algebraic techniques, measurement, integers, fractions, number patterns, angles and geometric figures. Importantly, it's about how the students collect this data and do they understand how what their answer actually means!

Science & Digital Tech

Apps for the classroom

We all love a gadget and we most definitely use apps everyday! This module helps take advantage of our digital native’s curiosity as we explore the variety of helpful resources that can really make a difference when teaching students science in the classroom. We’ll look at how you can enhance learning with your resources already at hand, plus help with planning out what you can do to create Maker Spaces and more!

 






... do you need something else?


We'd rather deliver what you need! 
Let us know what you would like to concentrate on and we'll work with you to pull this together!

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Supporting the National STEM School Strategy 2016 - 2026


In 2015, all Australian education ministers agreed to the National STEM School Education Strategy 2016–2026, which focuses on foundation skills, developing mathematical, scientific and digital literacy, and promoting problem-solving, critical analysis and creative thinking skills. The strategy aims to coordinate current activities, and improve STEM education. Fizzics Education has created this Teacher Professional Learning opportunity to help address the five action areas highlights by the Strategy;

  1. Increasing student STEM ability, engagement, participation and aspiration. 
     
  2. Increasing teacher capacity and STEM teaching quality.
     
  3. Supporting STEM education opportunities within school systems
     
  4. Facilitating effective partnerships with tertiary education providers, business and industry
     
  5. Building a strong evidence base
By addressing these five action areas teachers will able to contribute to addressing two overall goals of the strategy;


Goal 1

 
  • Ensure all students finish school with strong foundational knowledge in STEM and related skills
     

Goal 2

 
  • Ensure that students are inspired to take on more challenging STEM subjects.
     

ACARA links


Science Inquiry Skills is concerned with the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, including questioning, planning and conducting experiments and investigations, collecting and analysing data, drawing critical, evidence-based conclusions, and evaluating and communicating results.

The Science Inquiry Skills strand comprises of five sub-strands. This TPL day will focus on three of the five sub-strands, these are:
 
  • Questioning and predicting – key abilities include identifying and constructing questions that can be investigated scientifically, proposing hypotheses and suggesting possible outcomes.
     
  • Planning and conducting –key abilities include making decisions about how to investigate or solve a problem and carrying out an investigation, including the collection of data.
     
  • Communicating – key abilities include conveying information or ideas to other through appropriate representations, text types and modes.

AITSL Standards

 
  • 2.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area.
     
  • 2.2 Organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequence.
     
  • 3.2 Plan lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies.
     
  • 3.3 Include a range of teaching strategies.

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Requirements

 
  • Appropriate for up to 30 teachers - invite local schools to attend!
  • Table and chairs for each teacher.
  • We provide all necessary materials
  • Access to running water.
  • Access to a whiteboard and electrical power.
  • Set up time 45 minutes and pack up time 45 minutes.

Duration

 
  • Full day workshop
  • Ideally this is run between 8:30am and 3:30pm

Cost

 
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... do you need something else?


We'd rather deliver what you need! 
Let us know what you would like to concentrate on and we'll work with you to pull this together!

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