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 hands-on practical day for primary teachers 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.

Outcomes

  • teachers will have the opportunity to
  • 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 freeBursary Amount £130

12th May 2020

9.15am - 3.15pm

Antrim Board Centre

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14th May 2020

9.15am - 3.15pm

Antrim Board Centre

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Science at Sea – STEM on HMS Caroline

Summary

The unique setting for this course is HMS Caroline, a First World War-era naval vessel that has been transformed into a floating museum with a fascinating story to tell. Be immersed in life aboard this unique vessel – lone survivor of history’s greatest naval engagement…. the Battle of Jutland.

This course is packed full of ideas for teachers wanting to develop fun and engaging STEM activities within a local real world context. Teachers will have the opportunity to explore this historic ship and find out about the learning opportunities on board including workshops, trails and learning packs. Teachers will experience practical STEM activities such as voice pipes and sound, morse code and even code breaking.

Outcomes

Teachers will have the opportunity to

  • experience a range of fun curriculum linked STEM activities based around the theme of Science at Sea, and consider how these could be used back in the classroom
  • explore how HMS Caroline could be used a teaching context, and learn about support available through museum workshops and trials

Course Fee freeBursary Amount £130

19th May 2020

9.00am - 3.15pm

HMS Caroline, Belfast

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27th May 2020

9.00am - 3.15pm

HMS Caroline, Belfast

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Where’s the Evidence?

In this course participants will be encouraged to use opportunities for supporting children in exploring scientific concepts, helping them to develop skills to learn effectively. Links will be made with scientific ideas and using evidence, leading to opportunities for assessment. A Line of progression in scientific explanation and understanding will be explored and developed for use in the primary classroom.

Participants will:
  • Experience a range of activities where the teacher and pupils are involved in a collaborative process with the teacher helping the children to gain knowledge, skills and concepts.
  • Become familiar with the potential for science learning through an exploration of the use of evidence leading to the development of enquiry skills.
  • Be encouraged to create an effective, hands on curriculum where children are guided through challenging and effective questioning towards a range of possible solutions.
  • Be enabled to engage children in activities, giving them the opportunity to explore basic science concepts and relate them to the world.
  • Be introduced to the use of progression in the technology process to follow a framework that allows for the stages of development through which children naturally pass when involved in designing and making activities to support scientific learning.

Course Fee £175Bursary Amount £570

23rd and 24th January, 24th April 2020

9.00am - 4.00pm

Fortwilliam Education Centre, Belfast

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30th and 31st January, 23rd April 2020

9.00am - 4.00pm

Antrim Board Centre, Antrim

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Home Grown Science

Home Grown Science is a course designed to support and encourage teachers in developing their pupils’ scientific knowledge and understanding within their delivery of the World Around Us area of learning.The practical activities are designed to encourage the development of the Scientific Process to help children to find answers to questions about the world around them.

Participants will:
  • Know how to apply the Scientific Process to support scientific enquiry.
  • Have experience of practical activities which encourage children to use their imagination and inventiveness to find their own solutions.
  • Acquire a range of skills and work with a variety of materials to develop scientific skills and concepts within the world around us.
  • Become familiar with the potential for science learning within our localities.
  • Be introduced to examples of how to use the technology process to equip children to design and make models.

Course Fee £175.00Bursary Amount £570.00

17th and 18th October 2019, 6th March 2020

9.00am - 4.00pm

Fortwilliam Education Centre, Belfast

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7th and 8th November 2019, 27th March 2020

9.00am - 4.00pm

Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon

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A Toolkit for World Around Us, Numeracy and STEM Coordinators

This 3 day course provides a vital toolkit for World Around Us, Numeracy and STEM co-ordinators. Sessions 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 mathematics forward in your school.

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

Course Fee £175Bursary Amount £570

27th April, 1st May and 29th May 2020

9.00am – 4.15pm

Omagh Technology Centre, Omagh

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