Scienza Viva Professional Development in Science and Technology for Primary Teachers

Two of our courses now have interim NESA accreditation until 31 July 2021. NESA is developing full accreditation processes. Please see details below.

Scienza Viva has offered Professional Development for primary school teachers since 2009.
We offer three hands on professional development courses to assist K-6 teachers in engaging students in the Science K-10 (incorporating Science and Technology K-6) Syllabus. These courses are 2.5 or 3 hours in length, making them suitable for either a professional development day or a twilight session after the school day.
Each course may be taken in isolation, but the three courses relate to each other, and could form a continuum, taken in the order presented below. The first provides information on the creation of simple, cost-effective resources, and the second breaks an experimental activity down into the resources used. The third allows teachers to design and complete a student centred investigation in the accepted format for a scientific experiment, and using similar recycled materials.
All three have been developed to address the following Standard Descriptors of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:
2.1.2 - Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities, and
3.4.2 - Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

















Primary Science K-6: Hands on Reuse, Recycle, Upcycle

In this course for K-6 teachers, the presenter will facilitate teachers to develop and use a variety of appropriate resources and activities in their classrooms. Specifically, we use materials that would otherwise be discarded to create working models or other items that illustrate scientific principles. For more details, click here.

This course has interim accreditation from NESA until 31 July 2021, in accordance with this statement: Completing Primary Science K - 6: Hands on Re-use, Recycle, Upcycle before 31 July 2021 under NESA's interim arrangements will contribute two hours and thirty minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW Curriculum, addressing standard descriptors 2.1.2 and 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Primary Science K-6: Forensic Science Activity

We use one of Scienza Viva's classroom activities, the Forensic Flying Squad, as a starting point and break it up, showing how it can be used to support outcomes in the Science and Technology syllabus. This course runs for three hours. For more details, click here.

This course has interim accreditation from NESA until 31 July 2021, in accordance with this statement: Completing Primary Science K - 6: Forensic Science Activity before 31 July 2021 under NESA's interim arrangements will contribute three hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW Curriculum, addressing standard descriptors 2.1.2 and 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Hands On Scientific Experimental Design for Primary K-6

Teachers will develop student centred investigations. Teachers will be asked to devise their own investigation, using a provided selection of engaging hands on resources. All resources are simple, accessible and inexpensive. Acting as students, teachers (in small groups) will devise their own research question/aim, write a method, and then proceed with their investigation. Using the collected data, they write a discussion and conclusion. Finally teachers will present their findings to the group and elicit discussions to encourage further experimentation.
This course is suitable for Elective PD under NESA criteria.
For more details, click here.

These courses may assist both newly qualified teachers and Proficient Teachers.

For more information, or to book, email Effie or call her on 0408 460 948.

Changes to NESA accreditation of Teacher PD.

On the 30th November 2020, NESA cancelled the endorsement of all PD providers in NSW and withdrew accreditation of all courses. A revised system of PD is being instituted.

We recommend that all teachers familiarise themselves with their individual situations directly through NESA. NESA also has a Powerpoint presentation explaining the current situation, which may be downloaded here.

25 February 2021