Modify your scheme of work to incorporate a greater variety of contexts using plants.
Identify opportunities to challenge and address students' misconceptions in biology.
Explore the use of plants for teaching key biological principles.
Improve your subject knowledge in plant science.
Collaborate with peers, educators and mentors to share and critique ideas for teaching practical science.
Biology lessons provide opportunities to inspire students with practical examples of science. On this course, developed with specialists at Science & Plants for Schools (SAPS), you will learn how to use plants to teach biology and support secondary students’ learning.
You’ll improve your knowledge of plant science and learn how to incorporate it into the curriculum. You’ll be able to share examples of hinge-point questions to address student misconceptions. You’ll also explore how to help your students apply what they’ve learnt to new contexts and increase their engagement in the classroom.
Practical work in secondary biology for the key topics of: osmosis, respiration and stem cells.
Using inspirational examples from plant science to contextualise the curriculum.
How making links across the curriculum impacts on students’ learning.
Addressing students’ misconceptions.
Approaches to teaching practical science that can be applied to other topic areas.
This course is designed as professional development for science and biology teachers of 11-16 year olds. It will be useful to newly qualified (NQT), early career, returning, and non-specialist teachers, technicians, and teaching assistants (TA).
It’s recommended that teachers have access to a school laboratory to evaluate approaches to practical work during this course.