Primary Courses

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Primary Course

Space – Our Place in the Universe

Summary

With Space being a statutory requirement of the Primary Curriculum, this course will help you discover how space exploration can inspire pupils and engage them in working scientifically.

This one day hands-on practical course will provide a bank of easy to use ideas to enable pupils to conduct exciting scientific investigations based around the concept of space. There will also be an opportunity to design, build and test models using basic materials and the latest technologies for space projects. All resources will be provided.

This course is suitable for teachers who completed the online course last year, and also for teachers who didn’t!

Outcomes

Participants will:

  • experience a range of activities designed to engage and excite pupils in science and wider STEM activities linked to space exploration
  • explore investigations around how to keep Astronauts safe in space
  • acquire a range of skills through hands on experience designing and testing rockets and rovers, and consider how these can be used back in the classroom

Course Fee £50.00Bursary Amount £150.00

Friday 21st May 2021

9.00am - 4.00pm

Antrim Board Centre

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A Toolkit for STEM and WAU Co-ordinators

Summary

A Toolkit for World Around Us Co-ordinators is one of our flagship CPD courses aimed at WAU co-ordinators and teachers with an interest in science. There are three sessions (two online and one face to face) which will include providing guidance on roles and responsibilities of the subject leader, incorporating planning and policy requirements, ideas on how to link individual subject areas while still covering the skills through relevant and innovative themes, and an exploration of how to move science and the WAU forward in your school. This course is a blend of online and face-to-face learning.

Choose from two venues for day 3, Antrim Board Centre or Omagh Technology Centre.

Outcomes

Participants will:

  • understand their role as WAU/ STEM co-ordinator more fully, and will feel more confident in being able to fulfil their responsibilities back in school
  • be aware of a range of strategies and ideas to develop and deliver good quality science experiences through the learning area of the WAU
  • begin to considered how to lead and inspire colleagues back in school, and will have begun to identify priorities for action
  • develop techniques for evaluating pupil progress

Course Fee £175.00Bursary Amount £530.00

Wednesday 3rd February 2021 (online), Wednesday 24th March 2021 (online), Tuesday 1st June 2021 (Face-to-Face, Antrim Board Centre)

9.00am - 12.00 pm online sessions, 9.00am - 4.00pm Face-to-Face session.

Day 3, Antrim Board Centre

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Wednesday 3rd February 2021 (online), Wednesday 24th March 2021 (online), Wednesday 19th May 2021 (Face-to-Face, Omagh Technology Centre)

9.00am - 12.00 pm online sessions, 9.00am - 4.00pm Face-to-Face session.

Day 3, Omagh Technology Centre Centre

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Primary Course

Ourselves and Other Animals

Summary

This 3 session course will take a blended approach, being delivered by both remote and face to face training. It will reinforce teachers’ subject knowledge of the animal kingdom, address common misconceptions and explore practical ways of extending pupils’ understanding and knowledge.

Choose from two different locations for the day 3 face-to-face session, Omagh Technology Centre or Antrim Board Centre.

All participants will receive a copy of Lesley Hunter’s book ‘Here’s my Topic, Where’s my Science’. We have a few of book 4 available to purchase separately….see resources section.

Outcomes

Participants will:

  • identify practical approaches to teaching about ourselves and the rest of the animal kingdom
  • recognise and address common misconceptions
  • explore meaningful ways of linking this subject to other curriculum areas
  • spark pupils’ enthusiasm through an enquiry based approach to learning

Course Fee £175.00Bursary Amount £530.00

Wednesday 24th February 2021 (online), Wednesday 31st March 2021 (online), Tuesday 18th May 2021 (Face-to-Face, Omagh Technology Centre)

9.00am - 12.00 pm online sessions, 9.00am - 4.00pm Face-to-Face session.

Day 3, Omagh Technology Centre

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Wednesday 24th February 2021 (online), Wednesday 31st March 2021 (online), Thursday 27th May 2021 (Face-to-Face, Antrim Board Centre)

9.00am - 12.00 pm online sessions, 9.00am - 4.00pm Face-to-Face session.

Day 3, Antrim Board Centre

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Practical Ideas for Teaching Movement and Energy Across the Curriculum (Antrim)

Summary

This three session course will combine online with face -to-face learning. Teachers will experience ideas for developing their science and technology subject knowledge within the World Around Us curriculum area, and will build confidence in supporting pupils to develop their learning through active exploration. The final day of the course will be practical, hands-on and lots of fun, and will address the statutory requirements right across the curriculum.

Outcomes

Participants will:

  • explore the development of planners demonstrating how to link progression skills to include numeracy and literacy, and be introduced to a line of progression in the Design Technology process. Teachers will follow a framework that allows for the stages of development through which children naturally pass when involved in design and make activities
  • experience a range of activities designed to engage and excite pupils in science and wider STEM activities linked to the WAU strand of Movement and Energy
  • acquire a range of skills through hands on experience, designing and testing vehicles and other modes of transport, and consider how these can be used in the classroom

Course Fee £175.00Bursary Amount £530.00

Friday 29th January 2021 (online), Friday 5th March 2021 (online), Friday 14th May 2021 (Face-to-Face, Antrim Board Centre)

9.00am - 12.00 pm online sessions, 9.00am - 4.00pm Face-to-Face session.

Day 3, Antrim Board Centre

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