Support for developing your pedagogical content knowledge
What we do
We have a teacher support page on Learn Chemistry, which is a collection of resources that are intended to support your PCK development. Examples of the resource in this collection include:
Talk for primary science videos: A series of videos, produced with Millgate House Education, that look at different forms of exploratory talk in primary science, with the purpose of encouraging constructive talks and for children to lead on investigative activities. Topics addressed are using sensory stimuli, stories, puppets and concept cartoons.
Science ideas webs: These are medium-term, cross-curricula planning tools. The webs provide suggestions on how to embed science in cross-curricula topics – such as the Romans, World War 2, the Stone Age and space – using relevant, scientifically accurate links. Additionally, suggested questions for students are provided for each suggested link are included.
Primary science demonstration videos: These are videos that provide numerous simple demonstrations and experiments that can be done in the classroom. The videos also discuss the scientific concepts that underlie the activities and the type of questions students may have.
What other support is there?
PCK support from ASE: The Association for Science Education (ASE) provides a variety of different services for developing primary science teaching practice. These include TeachMeets, where teachers come together to network and share best practices, and regional events including conferences. They also produce journals, magazines and other publications to keep you up to date with what’s going on in primary science.
PCK support from STEM learning: STEM learning has a variety of courses available throughout England that are designed to help develop your science PCK and teaching practice.
PCK support from SSERC: The Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC) offers a variety of courses designed to improve your teaching practice, and run GlowMeet Cookalongs, where schools take part in a live, web-based event, using free resources that are posted to schools in advance.
Local CPD providers: To get more information on support in your area, get in touch with your local authority or your local science advisor or consultant. Many of these advisors are have ASE membership and / or work with STEM Learning as consultants.