Discover the benefits of enhancing your subject knowledge (SK) and pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) – and the ways we can support you.
To help deepen your understanding of what you’re teaching (like the scientific method, the ability to think like a scientist, and the content of your lessons), we’ve divided our SK for Chemistry or ‘Materials’ into four main topics: reversible and irreversible change; everyday materials; solids, liquids and gases; and earth science.
Or you could choose from a range of subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses:
You can also get self-study materials in a whole range of formats, including textbooks, journals and articles, and webpages.
Sometimes referred to as ‘subject-specific pedagogy’, PCK is how you teach your subject: the way in which you share information and engage students.
PCK involves, among other things:
By developing your PCK, you will:
To support your PCK development, our teacher support page houses a collection of resources such as those featured on this page.
The Association for Science Education run regional events, conferences and TeachMeets, where teachers come together to network and share best practices. They also produce journals, magazines and other publications to keep you up to date with what’s going on in primary science.
STEM learning offers a variety of courses throughout England that could help develop your science PCK and teaching practice.
The Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC) run courses designed to improve your teaching practice, as well as ‘GlowMeet Cookalongs’: a live, web-based event using free resources that are posted to schools in advance.
To get more information on support in your area, get in touch with your local authority or your local science advisor or consultant. Many have ASE membership or work with STEM Learning as consultants.
We actively support the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM):
We believe the process outlined by PSQM is an effective way of developing science leadership in primary education.
In 2015, we helped 20 schools achieve their PSQM award and just a year later this number rose to over 100 schools across 17 hubs. Find out more about our support for PSQM.