Science for Life CPD day: Earth and Space

Thanks to our partnership with the Ogden Trust, our Science for Life primary schools were able to benefit from the Ogden Primary Earth and Space CPD day, delivered by Carole Kenrick. The morning focused on the key concepts and pedagogy relevant to teaching children this fascinating topic. Links with maths featured heavily, for instance through the solar system in your pocket activity and the use of the Scale 2 website to help children (and adults!) get their heads around the vast sizes and distances in space.

Using models to learn about what different types of planets are made of

Using models to learn about what different types of planets are made of

The afternoon was spent trying out the ten investigations in the Ogden teachers’ pack, which ranged from testing space soils to working out which materials would be best suited to building a space shuttle. All of the necessary resources are in the Ogden resource box, which every school that attended received free of charge through the Science for Life project.

In addition, every school also received an SfL Earth and Space enrichment box, the contents of which were decided by the teachers who attended the training. This will support teachers to provide children with enrichment activities related to this topic, for instance science clubs and science-related play.

Enrichment resource box contents

Enrichment resource box contents

As ever, teachers who attended the CPD day were asked to fill in a reflection and evaluation form at the end of the day. The feedback was very positive - below are some examples of what teachers wrote!

Carole Kenrick