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Free to access and offered through a closed environment on the Open Learning platform, courses support professional learning of the Primary Connection approach and its application in primary science.

The courses are:

  • Self-paced and can be undertaken as an individual or with others at a time that is practical, and you can dip in and out of the course without losing any progress
  • Designed to easily and seamlessly slot into meeting structures, personal or school planning time
  • Range between 4 and 6 hours in duration
  • Offer a range of readily applicable teaching and learning strategies and useful resources
  • Include videos, varied activities and opportunities for reflection and collaboration.

Testimonials from trial participants

"I have really enjoyed completing this course and feel I have a deeper understanding of Primary Connections and how to implement the 5E model into our planning and teaching of Science. I appreciated the time that was dedicated to getting to know the Primary Connections website and Scootle as well...Completing this online course has already changed the way I think about the teaching of science and I am in the process of sharing this with my colleagues."(Victorian participant)

"This course has definitely made me think and reflect upon my current science teaching methods." (WA participant)

"The course was very supportive in my professional development for Science and a reflective tool." (WA participant)


Create a design brief with PC

Focus: STEM, pedagogy

Suitable for: Consolidating Primary Connections

Short Description of course: This course provides participants an opportunity to develop knowledge about design briefs, how they are used and created. It aims to support teachers with practical and easy to implement approaches that promote STEM learning with emphasis on S (Science) and T (Design and Technologies) consistent with the focus of Australian Curriculum: Technologies, designing solutions to create preferred futures.

Estimated time: minimum 2 hours

AITSL Standards: 2.2, 6.2

Register now: Copy this access code PCdb2020 and follow this link to OpenLearning, log in or create an account, and insert the code when prompted.
Course closes 30 October, 2020.



Explore maths and science ​resources with the ​Australian Academy of Science

Introducing the Academy’s education programs (Primary Connections, reSolve: Maths by Inquiry and Science by Doing) for teacher professional association Digital Teaching and Learning Victoria.

(Length 43:18. Recorded 13 August, 2020)

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Creating a Digital Technologies Curriculum Scope and Sequence

Highlighting how Primary Connections supports teaching and learning of the Digital Technologies, and how to incorporate Primary Connections curriculum units into a Digital Technologies scope and sequence, for teacher professional association Australian Computer Society.

(Length 122.20, Recorded 10 June, 2020)



Coming soon

A new online course that explores investigating in science, including many useful resources that support student learning and development of science inquiry skills.