Primary Science in the City

Learning Community

Key issue: Thinking, Doing, Talking Science

National Lead: Bridget Holligan & Helen Wilson

Local Lead: Tina Whittaker


Primary Science Subject Leads,KS1/2 teachers of science, Curriculum Leads.

The programme offers a year of sustained, collaborative teacher development combining a range of strategies to embed effective practice in classrooms:

  • Four days of face-to-face input from the National leaders at Science Oxford and Oxford Brookes University
  • Gap tasks to pilot in school
  • A model of reflective practitioner practice
  • Local lead teachers as coaches for school to school support
  • An e platform for the community of teachers to collaborate between dates.


The Opportunities Area has a number of fully funded places for those schools that agree to:

  • Enable two staff full attendance at all sessions,
  • Completion of pre and post teacher and pupil surveys
  • The use of anonymised pupil work samples shared for exemplification purposes
  • Engagement and contribution to a community forum.
  • Support colleagues in gap tasks, including staff meeting time.

The Programme:

Thinking, Doing, Talking Science (TDTS) is an evidence-based interactive four-day training programme, focusing on the development of creative and challenging science lessons that encourage pupils to use higher-order thinking skills. TDTS facilitates teachers to enable their pupils to think and talk about scientific concepts through dedicated discussion times, introduces a wide range of strategies for creative investigations and problem solving and encourages the focusing of pupils’ recording so that is there is always time for practical science.

The TDTS programme is practical and enjoyable and provides strategies and activity ideas that can translate immediately into classroom practice without the need for extra expense and excessive planning. There is a clear framework that ties together the project strategies and this is embedded in sound educational theory. Ideas are not all new but pull together a range of good practice in primary science education, in a way that has been shown to be highly effective. All of the TDTS strategies support progression in ‘working scientifically’ and on each day of the course, the strategies are exemplified through a particular curriculum content area (e.g. Materials, Forces, Earth and Space, Light and Sound and Habitats & Adaptation)  for which there are accompanying subject knowledge notes. All teachers who participate in the 4-day TDTS course are provided with a hard copy of all the resources in a TDTS folder as well as access to electronic versions of the resources via the TDTS website.

Stoke on Trent
Thinking Doing Talking Science (CPD Learning Community)
Wednesday 9th October 2019
Wednesday 27th November 2019
Wednesday 29th January 2020
Wednesday 25th March 2020