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Events

Last updated: 12 January 2021

January

IOP Wales Teacher CPD -  WJEC GCSE Physics unit 2.4 Further motion concepts. Monday 11 January at 6pm Online

The Institute of Physics in Wales are hosting a series of workshops that will cover the teaching of the WJEC  Physics GCSE Curriculum.

This session will be on Physics Unit 2.4 Further motion concepts and will look at ways to teach Momentum and how it can be related to Newton’s Second Law.

Booking is essential and a link will be sent prior to the event. 

Book here.


STEM Learning Webinar on applying for a Royal Society Partnership Grant. Tuesday 12 January 4 - 5pm

On Tuesday 12 January, STEM Learning is hosting a free webinar on the Royal Society’s Partnership Grants scheme where Olivia Philipps from the Royal Society will explain more about the grants, who is eligible and how to apply.

Through the partnership grants your school could receive up to £3,000 to run an investigative STEM project in partnership with a STEM professional from academia or industry. The scheme is available to primary and secondary schools from across the UK and applications from those supporting students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are encouraged. The next round of funding will open in early 2021.

Details of the grant here

Register for the webinar here.

IOP Wales Domains Electricity. Thursday 14 January 2021 at 6pm Online

IOP’s DOMAINS is an integrated CPD programme for all those involved in teaching physics.

This programme consists of newly created CPD videos that complement live, interactive, online CPD sessions for each domain. DOMAINS CPD videos on electricity are now available to watch covering aspects of teaching electricity. 

Booking is essential and a link will be sent prior to the event. 

Find video links and book here.

Free online CPD in Science and Technology for primary schools Wales. Specific dates for individual regions

A series of free online CPD sessions to support primary schools in north Wales in their teaching of Science and Technology.

Explorify, from Wellcome, is a free digital resource of engaging, creative science activities for primary schools, which supports questioning, thinking and debate. It is perfect for Curriculum for Wales, and the activities are available bilingually. 

See the reosurces here.

We will be running introductory online CPD on Explorify for teachers in Wales on these dates – please click the relevant link to register:

Gwynedd / Môn - 19 January, 4 - 5.30pm. Register here.

Conwy / Denbighshire - 20 January, 4 - 5.30pm. Register here.

Wrexham / Flintshire - 25 January, 4 - 5.30pm. Register here.

Swansea - 25 February, 3.30 - 5pm. Register here.

STEM Learning Webinar: STEM Clubs - Competitions and Challenges. Wednesday 20 January 1 - 2pm 

Competitions and challenges can give your STEM club a clear purpose and direction and incentivise participants to focus their energy on working collaboratively and creatively towards a common goal. Success can give participants a sense of pride in their achievements and confidence that they can achieve in STEM subjects. In this webinar, we will look at some of the STEM competitions and challenges out there, hear from you about those you've been involved with and Gordon Taylor from Walton Priory Middle School will talk about how he has led his STEM clubs to competitions success.

Our STEM club webinar series is aimed at UK educators (teachers, teaching assistants, technicians etc.) from all phases currently running or hoping to run a STEM-related club in their school but some webinars may also appeal to community STEM club leaders, STEM Ambassadors/professionals or parents.

Register here.

IOP Physics Forum. Thursday 21 January at 7pm Online

Join teachers of Physics from across Wales and beyond to share ideas and resources as well as discuss the teaching and learning of Physics online.

All are welcome e.g. Teachers (physics specialists and non-specialists), NQT’s etc. and it is a good opportunity to see what other teachers are doing in these unusual times.

Booking is essential and a link will be sent 24hrs prior to the event.

Book here.

IOP Wales Teacher CPD -  WJEC GCSE Physics unit 1.5 and Double Award Science unit 3.5 Features of Waves. Monday 25 January at 6pm Online

The Institute of Physics in Wales are hosting a series of workshops that will cover the teaching of the WJEC  Physics GCSE Curriculum.

This session will be on Physics unit 1.5 and Double Award Science unit 3.5 Features of Waves- The wonders of the electromagnetic spectrum. 

Booking is essential and a link will be sent prior to the event. 

Book here.

Focus group: Chemistry and the new Curriculum for Wales.  Monday 25 January 2021, between 3pm and 6pm (1 hour, time TBC – do let us know your preference) Online

Have your say on how the Royal Society of Chemistry can help you with the curriculum change.

The Royal Society Chemistry is committed to supporting teachers of chemistry in Wales during the planning and development of their new school curriculum. The new curriculum presents an exciting opportunity to improve the outcomes of students in Wales but equally poses many questions and challenges for teachers. 

To assist you through this transition, the RSC has a dedicated Teacher Fellow, Helen Dearns, working on a support package. Helen is currently finalising a document that elaborates on the descriptions of learning that are relevant to chemistry for progression step 4, showing what good progression could look like. In addition to this, she aims to produce resources to assist you to make cross-curricular links and to help deepen students’ knowledge in line with the ‘four purposes’. 

Join Helen to provide feedback on the RSC’s new support for the curriculum change. You would receive the draft documents beforehand. The documents elaborate on the descriptions of learning and show what good progression in chemistry could look like in the new curriculum.

Register your interest by emailing Helen at dearnsh@rsc.org

STEM Learning Webinar: STEM Clubs - Involving other (STEM and non-STEM) teachers. Tuesday 26 January 12.30 - 1.30pm

One of the biggest challenges facing STEM clubs is lack of staff time. By involving other teachers from both STEM and non-STEM subjects, the burdon can be shared and additional knowledge, ideas, skills and enthusiasm can be brought to the club. It also makes it easier to 'pass the torch' if the club leader moves on, allowing clubs to sustain through staff changes.

In this webinar, we will look at the benefits of having multiple people involved in running your school STEM club and hear from teachers who have experienced these first-hand.

Register here.

ASE Workshop: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. Wednesday 27 January 5 - 6.15pm Online

A workshop which provides a framework for incorporating scientists into your curriculum, by linking contemporary (and diverse) scientists with famous (stereotypical) scientists .

This workshop will introduce the ideas behind the ASE book of the same title – engaging children with how historical scientists worked scientifically to advance scientific understanding, using that as a context for children’s own questions and enquiries and making links with contemporary scientists to show developments over time and build science capital.

Details here.

Steer a course for sustainability in 2021 with Eden's CPD.  Starts 27 January Online

Taking inspiration from Eden co-founder Tim Smit, we’re building a community of teachers to lead change for sustainability in their schools. Our new online course – which launches later this month – takes a coaching-led approach so that you can sustain yourself, your school community and the planet. It's open to all with a focus on those early in their leadership journey. Here's what you'll get out of it:

  • Align your school’s mission with Eden’s core principles of sustainability, transformation, connection and commonality.
  • Develop leadership skills for creating and leading change in schools, set within a sustainability context.
  • Build a practical toolkit to shape a sustainable school where actions reflect your values.
  • Identify and activate new connections and networks so you can build relationships, support colleagues and inspire learners.

The first of four half-termly online sessions starts on Wednesday 27 January. 

Details here.

Technocamps Secondary Teacher CPD. 6 sessions starting 28 January Online

To help you achieve excellence in your pursuit of teaching Computer Science, Technocamps have developed a unique and innovative CPD program which looks at the features of an excellent lesson and how each feature can be applied to the current GCSE Computer Science specification. This program is therefore aimed at secondary school Computer Science educators who would like to further develop and enhance their subject pedagogy.

The program is split into six unique workshops. Each workshop focuses on a precise feature of what makes an outstanding lesson. Each workshop will be delivered virtually and will take place between 5.30pm and 7pm. Attendance at each workshop isn’t compulsory, you may choose to attend all of the workshops or just the ones that meet your professional development needs. No prior preparation is required for these workshops aside from signing up in advance.

Details and registration here.

Teen Tech Live Teacher Briefing and Q&A session. Date TBC End of January

TeenTech Live brings the exciting world of science and technology to your school or home.

Hosted by well- known science and technology reporters, our interactive sessions are fun, engaging and provide real context to learning, helping young people understand more about careers and the way exciting emerging technology is shaping all aspects of our lives.

TeenTech Live meets Gatsby benchmarks and has been highly praised by teachers, parents and students.

Our virtual sessions last an hour and students then have the option to work on short challenges or projects and participate in a follow-up feedback session with industry experts. We have sessions suitable for all ages, interests and abilities.

Join us for our Teacher Briefing and Q&A session at the end of January 2021, before our TeenTech Innovation Live sessions and TeenTech City of Tomorrow Live sessions begin the week of 1st March 2021. 

All details here.

February

IOP Physics Forum. Thursday 4 February at 7pm Online

Join teachers of Physics from across Wales and beyond to share ideas and resources as well as discuss the teaching and learning of Physics online.

All are welcome e.g. Teachers (physics specialists and non-specialists), NQT’s etc. and it is a good opportunity to see what other teachers are doing in these unusual times.

Booking is essential and a link will be sent 24hrs prior to the event.

Book here.

IOP Wales Teacher CPD -  WJEC GCSE Physics unit 2.5 and Double Award Science unit 6.4 Stars and Planets. Monday 8 February at 6pm Online

The Institute of Physics in Wales are hosting a series of workshops that will cover the teaching of the WJEC  Physics GCSE Curriculum.

This session will be on Physics unit 2.5 and Double Award Science unit 6.4 Stars and Planets - This presents a really engaging way to look first at the solar system and then beyond to other stars. 

Booking is essential and a link will be sent prior to the event. 

Book here.

Cardiff Science Festival 2021. February 18 - 21 Online

We were proud to take part in Cardiff Science Festival 2020.

This year Cardiff Science Festival is going online!

We will list events here as soon as details are available.

You can also register for updates on their website.

Details here.

March

British Science Week. 5 - 14 Mawrth

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths that will take place between 5-14 March 2021!

Getting involved in British Science Week is really easy, and you can take part in lots of different ways.

Keep an eye on the website for latest news, activities and competitions.

Details here.

April

May

June

The Great Science Share for Schools. 15 June

An annual campaign to inspire young people to share their scientific questions with new audiences.

The Great Science Share for Schools is the award-winning campaign that invites 5-14 year olds to share their own scientific questions and investigations, to raise the profile of science in schools and communities, and inspire young people into science and engineering. 

The Question Maker which inspires young people to discuss and ask questions together on the issue of Climate Change is very popular. 

You could use a video clip, book or newspaper to start a conversation and develop some questions that would lead to science inquiries suitable for home, classrooms, schools and communities.

So much preparation is already underway to make 2021 even more successful. Keep up to date with what’s on when by registering your interest. They’ll be monthly announcements and activities culminating on the 15th June. 

Details here.