In collaboration with the Ogden Trust, Eton hosted the Primary Physics Professional Learning (P3L+) Conference in March 2020. This event was designed for science coordinators and primary teachers looking to incorporate more practical physics and scientific skills within their curriculum. Over 60 teachers from 50 different schools attended this free event. 

The Primary Physics Professional Learning course (P3L) is a Physics CPD programme from The Ogden Trust for primary teachers; it is delivered through training days hosted nationally by independent schools and universities. P3L is designed to cover the key concepts of the physics primary curriculum, but provides clear cross-curricular links to other areas.

Eton College was honoured to host this event alongside the Ogden Trust, sharing its aim of  promoting the teaching and learning of physics in primary schools. The four hands-on workshops focused on the teaching of science in the classroom with methods which were easy to implement and low-no budget. As well as these workshops, guests enjoyed a tour, lunch and refreshments at Eton College. At the end of the event, each teacher took home a free gift bag, which was filled with materials from the workshops they could use in their classrooms.

The day was filled with exciting ways to make science more engaging and practical for pupils but the session that stood out most to me was the Electrifying English workshop. This session highlighted practical ways to use stories as a stimulus for science and ultimately develop purposeful cross-curricular links where pupils are able to develop a deeper and transferable understanding of science. I have shared this approach with staff through school INSET and we have embedded a more cross-curricular approach to science and English.

Year 6 teacher, Iqra Primary School