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About the course

The four training days of TDTScience are spread out across a school year and the training is delivered by primary science experts, who have completed a TDTScience ‘Train-the-Trainer’ programme. Schools are encouraged to send more than one teacher to a course to maximise the positive impact in school. TDTScience strategies are exemplified through a different curriculum content area each day and ‘gap tasks’ in between training days embed practice and enable peer-support. Key course features include:

  • Develop all children’s knowledge and understanding through higher order thinking skills
  • Activities to use in the classroom straight away
  • Practical science focused for knowledge and skills development
  • Focused recording for effective assessment
  • Strategies to support all children in progression across the curriculum
  • Applicable to all primary year groups and National Curriculum topics

“Amazing course from start to finish. I have enjoyed engaging with other teachers on the course and sharing ideas. The course leaders have been brilliant and each session has given more approaches to learning.”

“The training was really practical which was fantastic. It was clearly set out and everything was explained clearly.”

“This is the best CPD I have had. Thank you.”

“There are cheers from children now when it’s time for science.”

“The children want every lesson to be science. They love it!”

“Children are excited and have a love for learning in science.”

“TDTScience is ‘wow’ engagement and deeper learning for the children and smiles all round for the teachers!”

The diagram gives an overview of the TDTScience ethos. The goal at the heart of the approach is to improve the level of conceptual challenge in primary science by the encouragement of children’s higher order thinking; exploiting every opportunity to infuse thinking throughout the delivery of the normal science curriculum. The Bright Ideas Time is a dedicated discussion slot in every lesson, using a range of inclusive prompts to support children thinking and talking. The Education Endowment Foundation’s 2023 Improving Primary Science guidance report draws on TDTScience strategies.

How to access a course

TDTScience courses are currently provided in two ways:

Around the UK

The Primary Science Teaching Trust organises 4-day TDTScience courses across the UK. Contact [email protected] for more information.

In Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire

Primary science experts from Science Oxford deliver 4-day TDTScience courses at the Science Oxford Centre thanks to support from The Oxford Trust. The next course will start in November 2024. Contact [email protected] for more information.

View TDTScience-based resources here