Primary Courses

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Primary Course

Developing pupils metacognitive capabilities to help them become empowered learners

This course will explore the research evidence linked to cognitive science. The course will provided a variety of classroom approaches that can be used to support pupils to build their memories, develop their reasoning capabilities and become empowered to be life-long learners.

You will be able to:

  • define what metacognition is and explain how it links to cognition and self-regulated learning
  • explain the importance of cognitive load theory and employ a range of ideas to support the reduction of it
  • use research informed approaches to build memory
  • develop and use a range of scaffolding approaches to help all learners achieve it
  • plan for how you would like to develop your practice in this area.

Course Fee £200Bursary Amount £400

Locations TBC

Primary Course

Tips and Tricks (NN222)

Cultivate curiosity and stimulate scientific thinking through fun and unexpected demonstrations that look like magic but are of course science!

This course is filled with simple to make, low cost investigations that don’t require any specialist knowledge to present. They are designed to grab pupils’ attention and imagination. Dr Matt Prichard has 13 years of experience as a science communicator and is an associate of the Inner Magic Circle. He will showcase demonstrations you haven’t seen before but will want to start using straight away. Evidenced by psychological studies, this course will explore the psychological benefits of using wonder as a tool when teaching science.

Learning Outcomes

learn a host of novel science tricks and curious investigations using everyday objects understand how to use the ‘Wow, How, Now’ model to guide pupils through the discovery process have a greater understanding of the role and benefits of wonder for both the pupil and teacher.

 

Dates

21st January 2022 (live online session, 9.30am – 11.00am)

28th January 2022 (live online session, 9.30am – 11.00am)

4th February 2022 (live online session, 9.30am – 11.00am)

Course Fee £175Bursary Amount £390

Locations TBC

Primary Course

Transforming Learning in Primary Science Using Formative Teaching Approaches (NN225)

Research evidence consistently shows that formative practices (Assessment for Learning (AfL)) are at the heart of classrooms where deep and meaningful understanding is nurtured, and greater learning gains are made. This course will look at a wide range of hands-on approaches that can be taken away and used immediately to help teachers build a classroom culture which links to the key areas identified from research.

Outcomes.

Participants will learn to

      • help children understand and achieve quality learning;
      • identify where children are in their understanding;
      • provide feedback that promotes learning;
      • respond to the differing needs of their children;
      • support children in working as learning resources for themselves and each other.

Dates

12th November 2021 (live online session, 9.00am – 4.00pm)

19th November 2021 (live online session, 9.00am – 4.00pm)

 

Course Fee £180Bursary Amount £450

Locations TBC

Primary Course

Ourselves and Other Animals (NN023)

This 3 day 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.

 

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

 

 Dates

Wednesday February 24th 2022 (not a live session, no sub cover needed)

Wednesday March 23rd 2022 (not a live session, no sub cover needed)

Wednesday May 11th 2022 (must be available – face to face, Antrim Board Centre)

 

Course Fee £180Bursary Amount £425

Locations TBC

Primary Course

Light and Sound in the Primary Curriculum (NN025)

This 3 session course will take a blended approach, being delivered by both online and a face to face hands-on practical workshop.  It will reinforce teachers’ subject knowledge of the topics light and sound and explore practical ways of extending pupils’ understanding through a

progression of activities across the primary curriculum. On the third day teachers will be given the opportunity to go through the design process and make a range of models to take back to school.

Teachers will also receive units of work which incorporate the progression of skills for the topics of light and sound.

 

Outcomes

Participants will:

  • experience a range of activities designed to engage and excite pupils in science and technology.
  • acquire a range of skills through hands on experience, designing and making models and consider how these can be used in the classroom.
  • explore ways of linking light and sound to other areas of the curriculum.

 

25th February 2022 (not a live session, no sub cover needed)

25th March 2022(not a live session, no sub cover needed)

13th May 2022 (must be available – face to face, Antrim Board Centre)

Course Fee £180Bursary Amount £425

Locations TBC

Primary Course

Tinkering with Space Engineering (NN026)

Bring engineering into your primary school through the exciting topic of Space Exploration. This 3 session course will take a blended approach, being delivered by both remote and a face to face hands-on practical workshop. The activities are based around the European Space Agency’s (ESA) new robotic rover Rosalind Franklin and NASA’S Mars rover, Perseverance. There will be an opportunity to design, build and test models using basic materials and the latest technologies for robots including robotic arms, rovers and space probes. Teachers will work through a complete unit of work on the progression of rocketry skills across the primary curriculum.

Outcomes

Participants will:

  • experience a range of activities designed to engage and excite pupils in engineering activities linked to space exploration
  • acquire a range of engineering skills, through hands on experience and consider how these can be used back in the classroom
  • reflect on the progression in scientific skills and consider ways to support colleagues back in school.

Dates

26th November 2021 (not a live session, no sub cover needed)

3rd December 2021 (not a live session, no sub cover needed)

21st January 2021 (must be available – face to face, Antrim Board Centre)

Course Fee £180Bursary Amount £425

Locations TBC