Primary Courses

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Primary Course

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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