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Program Writing for K-6 Science & Technology (Inner West)

CrookED Science

Friday, 28 September 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (AEST)

Program Writing for K-6 Science & Technology (Inner...

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Building on our experience of delivering every K-6 outcome in the outgoing syllabus, contributing substantially to the consultations for the new syllabus and due to constant requests, we have created this course aimed at helping primary teachers write programs in an engaging and compliant fashion to address the new NSW Science and Technology K–6 Syllabus. Delegates will be:

  • looking at their school’s scope and sequence for K-6 Science and Technology
  • ensuring that every outcome is addressed including all of the Science and Digital Technologies knowledge and understanding outcomes and the Working Scientifically and Design and Production skill outcomes
  • finding what they can keep and what they must remove from their current programs
  • integrating Digital Technologies appropriately
  • creating pacing guides
  • examining the place of Program Builder
  • writing new programs
  • modifying existing programs
  • collaboratively programming in an online environment
  • finding where and how to choose engaging hands-on experiments and activities from the plethora of resource repositories out there.

Collaboration and sharing will be actively encouraged between participants.


NSWESA_rgb in colour for use on a white backgroundCrookED Science, under the umbrella endorsement* of the accredited provider, Science Teachers’ Association of NSW (STANSW) and through The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) of Institute Registered professional development,  provides high quality PD for the maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher level.

Scope of Endorsement*

All Standards of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the level of Proficient Teacher


Completing CrookED Science's Program Writing for K-6 Science & Technology on 28th September will contribute 5 hours of QTC Registered PD, addressing 1.2.2; 2.2.2; 3.4.2; and 3.6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Professional development hours are accredited by Science Teachers’ Association of NSW Inc

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Feedback from previous courses

"You inspired us to bring Science alive!  We're already looking at this term's Science unit with enthusiasm and how it will translate into 'fun' and great learning for the students.  Thank you!".  Maryanne Griffin, St Paul of the Cross Primary School, Dulwich Hill.

"Thanks for a great day! I found your presentation style engaging and interesting and I respect your experience and expertise in the area".  Matt McKenzie, Thalgarrah Environmental Education Centre.

Have questions about Program Writing for K-6 Science & Technology (Inner West)? Contact CrookED Science

When & Where

St Mel's Primary School
14 Duke St
Campsie, NSW 2194

Friday, 28 September 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (AEST)

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CrookED Science

CrookED Science is an award-winning STEM education consultancy dedicated to supporting high school teachers with the new syllabuses in Australia.


Dr Simon Crook is a very experienced HSC Physics teacher and provider of Physics professional learning, with a PhD in Physics Educations Research (USyd) and a BSc (Hons) in Physics (Manchester). With the advent of the new Physics Stage 6 Syllabus, Simon has been working with many high schools and school systems to best prepare their teachers for the impending changes. In addition, Simon has been in regular dialogue with STANSW, NESA and The University of Sydney, as well as having articles published in The Conversation and Australian Physics, regarding the changes to the Physics Syllabus. As such, Simon is in the unique position of having taught all of the new content previously, has already delivered much professional learning around the new syllabus and is intimately aware of all aspects of this new course. As seen on TV!

K-6 Science & Technology

Having taught and team-taught over 1,500 hours of Science & Technology lessons in K-6 classrooms over the past 3 years, Dr Simon Crook is one of the most experienced practitioners of primary Science & Technology in the state. He was heavily involved in the consultations for the new syllabus and has published two acclaimed papers on teaching K-6 Science & Technology: Five challenges for science in Australian primary schools in The Conversation; and Five ways to win with the new K-6 Science and Technology syllabus for ABC Education. Previously, Simon was Senior eLearning Adviser to 151 schools, K-12, assisting teachers with integrating Digital Technologies in their classrooms. He was also on the initial (then) BOSTES Reference Group for Digital Technologies. 

Biology and Investigating Science

Facilitator Matt Dodds comes with an enthusiasm for life and is passionate about Science and Science Education. Matt is across all areas of Science having taught Physics, Chemistry, Senior Science and completing a Biology Major at University with post graduate studies in Astronomy and Astrophysics. He relishes in helping students and teachers make sense of Science, making connections between understanding Science in the classroom and current research and applications of Science. Join Matt as he dissects the Y12 Biology syllabus providing resources to help you teach the course utilising the new available technologies, from computer simulations to virtual reality applications and more. We will also explore possible depth study opportunities/assessment tasks in the course with a large focus on Genetics and Genetically Modified Organisms. Matt is well read when it comes to the history of Science which has allowed him to actively incorporate this knowledge into his planning of Investigating Science programs.

Earth & Environmental Science

Susan Filan spent her first month in Australia at the Riversleigh fossil site, firmly cementing her fascination with Australia’s present and past. As Head of Environmental Education at Abbotsleigh, she works with students from preschool to Year 12, developing and facilitating outdoor educational experiences across the curriculum. Field work programs range from preschool ‘dinosaur’ digs to Year 12 studies of human impacts and environmental rehabilitation. Susan believes that students benefit from a local approach to topics in EES. Her students study their local area to explore how global issues affect them directly and indirectly. Course materials feature recent news articles, videos and internet sites so that students are firmly grounded in issues affecting them now and in their future. Susan has presented EES topics at BEESST 2017, BEEINS 2018 and Meet the Markers (2017 and 2018) conferences.


Vatché Ansourian is a science teacher at Newington College and specialises in Chemistry and Biology. He has previously taught in South Western Sydney and has held leadership roles in schools. He held the role of Science Advisor for the Department of Education for three years, where he led the implementation of the new senior science syllabuses. He is an honorary Faculty of Science member at the University of technology Sydney, having advised and led as a team the Inspiring Science Teachers project. Previously, Vatché was the Vice President of the Science Teachers Association of NSW and has organised and run the STANSW Chemistry Conference. He has led the Teachmeet Science Festival in association with the Australian Museum for three years, an open event for all teachers to celebrate science during National Science Week. He is also a host of the kids science TV show Get Clever on channel 7TWO.

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