All Chemistry course participants undertake areas of study in:
Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Chemistry: The OAKS course is built upon Chemistry in the National Curriculum, the Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status and the needs of Trainee Teachers, pupils and schools. Chemistry sessions will essentially look at ways of teaching Chemistry content through the 11-18 age range. Typical topics for Chemistry sessions include:
- Safety and risk assessment in the science laboratory; working with a technician
- Producing resources and getting students to prepare their own resources to make progress.
- Assessment for Learning (AfL)
- Modelling Chemistry through practical demonstrations.
- The use of dance and drama to teach Chemical reactions
- A Focus on engaging demonstrations for Key stage 3 teaching
- Examine the pitfalls of practicals and tricks of the trade
- A focus on class practicals for Key stage 4
- Scientific literacy practices and ideas in Chemistry
- How to use brainwarmers to promote Scientific Enquiry
- Safe demonstration techniques
- Use of games in science teaching
- Relating to real life – how to make chemistry seem relevant
- Exam technique – how do we prepare our students for the exam?
An important part of the course is learning how to create a stimulating and caring environment. To help create such an environment, you need to be enthusiastic and lessons need to be well planned and related to the needs of pupils. They need to be conducted in a well-organised way with a positive approach to control. You will be able to prepare in advance for handling different situations, since strategies for maintaining discipline and managing the learning in a Chemistry laboratory are considered and discussed.
You will be encouraged to make use of Digital Technologies. Considerable attention is given to the use of Digital Technologies during the course. We also place emphasis on the development of your skills in Digital Technologies (both personal and professional) and provide a wealth of opportunities for you to become a highly competent, skilled technology user, whatever your starting point.
Course participants are assessed through written academic assignments and portfolios of evidence. Throughout your placements you will be assessed against the National Teacher Standards. Your final award will be either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, the outcome being determined by your performance in your formal academic assignments.
You will also be invited to teach meets and to share good ideas and practice with the Chemistry team.
Be prepared to get dirty, share experiences and ideas and experiment!