Join Greta Dromgool from the Science Learning Hub and the team from the New Zealand Association of Primary Science Educators (NZAPSE) as we explore simple hands-on ways to include chemistry in your classroom.

We will be celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table and demonstrating activities that you could use during Primary Science Week (13–17 May). Links will be made to the Nature of Science and science capabilities so participants can see how easily this can be done with students.

This session will be valuable for all primary school teachers as well as junior secondary teachers wanting to include more practical chemistry. However, all teachers are welcome to join us.

Register here.

Joining the webinar

Follow these simple steps to join our webinar on Zoom:

  1. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android by clicking on the link and following the instructions. You can also access Zoom on your phone, just follow the prompts.
  2. Find the chat box located in the toolbar at the bottom of your screen. You may need to access this by clicking on ‘More’.
  3. Using the chat box, introduce yourself, where you teach and, if you are in a group, how many people are there.
  4. Set up your screen for optimal viewing. If you’re using a mobile device, you may wish to view in landscape. We recommend selecting a thumbnail view of the presenters – this way, you can easily see what is being shared on the screen.

Then you can:

  • watch, listen and respond via chat to the presentation and discussion
  • ask questions using the chat box at any time
  • continue your learning on Slack – our online discussion forum.

The Science Learning Hub team will be there to support you and answer questions.

PLD certification

We currently offer recognition of teachers’ involvement in our online PLD.

To qualify for a professional learning and development certificate, teachers must:

  • register for and watch the live webinar or let us know they have viewed the recorded version once it is published on the website
  • register in Slack and participate in our discussions about teaching primary science in Slack or in the Slack learning reflections channel.

Related content

The Science Learning Hub team has curated a collection of resources related to the periodic table of elements. Log in to make this collection part of your private collection – just click on the copy icon. You can then add additional content, notes and make other changes. Registering an account for the Science Learning Hubs is easy and free – sign up with your email address or Google account. Look for the Sign in button at the top of each page.

The Science Learning Hub’s teacher PLD article Junior science is full of ideas for teaching level 1 and 2 of the science curriculum, and the article Material world – mixtures outlines lots of interesting articles and activities to get students engaged in chemistry.

There are also pre-recorded webinars such as Science for juniors and Kitchen science – a great way to introduce students to some important ideas about chemistry and the nature of science

Useful links

The New Zealand Association of Primary Science Educators (NZAPSE) is all about celebrating and supporting science in primary schools. Check out the Primary Science Week page for activity ideas.

Have a look at the International Year of the Periodic Table website to find out what is happening around the world.


This webinar has been created in collaboration with the New Zealand Association of Primary Science Educators.

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