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Developing Investigative Skills in Primary Science at the National Space Centre

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An interesting and wholly relevant course devised with the National Space Centre in direct response to comments from regional focus groups and questionnaires.

The day will suggest exciting, manageable, hands-on science activities for Key Stage 2 pupils. These will be linked to the QCA scheme of work. Suggestions for integrating science, literacy, D&T and ICT will be provided. Mentor support via email will also be provided.

Led by Tina Jarvis and Joy Horton, the course comprises a series of three afternoon and twilight sessions at the National Space Centre. While the overall aim will be on developing investigative skills, each session will focus on a different topic area.

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This course last ran on between October 2004 and February 2005 at the National Space Centre, Leicester. If you are interested in attending when we run it next, or have a preferred location, please do get in touch.

"There have been some very useful and manageable activities which I can share with my colleagues to add into our teaching, planning and organising of science."
Spinney Hill Primary School, Leicester

"Lots of imaginative ideas on how to tackle investigations in a creative way. Some good resources. Looked at a wide selection of topics. Found the course extremely useful."
Dunton Bassett Primary School, Leicestershire

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course."
Park Junior School, Kettering

Session One
Raising & Answering Questions
Context: Earth in Space

This session will examine strategies for encouraging children's questions: using books, the internet and by investigating. It will cover practical ways of teaching about the Earth, moon and sun, including how to cope with difficult questions such as 'how do we know the Earth is round?'

Session Two
Answering Questions through Science Investigations
Context: Forces

The value of pre-investigation tasks, how to help pupils control variables as well as supporting independent investigations will be covered. Can pupils do better than Beagle II? Investigations for landing and manoeuvering Beagle III on Mars will be tried.

Session Three
Explaining and Communicating Results
Context: Human Health

A topic on Human Health can be given a creative element by considering how a human's body is affected in space. The session will also explore communicating science ideas in different ways, such as a TV or radio news report and making a presentation on behalf of a lobby group. Ideas for Science Week (11-20 March) will be provided.

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