Primary Courses

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Primary Course

Enthuse, Excite, Explore!

This science course will provide teachers with a range of ideas guaranteed to inspire, enthuse and excite both teachers and pupils alike. The practical activities will highlight methods leading to the development of independent, scientific exploration and enquiry skills.

Outcomes
  • Participants will explore how to make scientific enquiry exciting and challenging in their classrooms.
  • Participants will be introduced to the Scientific Method/Process to support scientific enquiry.
  • Participants will become more aware of the potential for developing scientific exploration and investigation both inside and outside
    the classroom.
  • Participants will be familiar with scaffolding the children’s learning to equip them with the skills needed to become independent investigators.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of how to link science within the World Around Us to other areas of learning across the curriculum.

Course Fee £65 Bursary Amount £420

11th and 12th March, and 15th May 2019

9.00am – 4.15pm

Antrim Board Centre

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21st and 22nd March, and 17th May 2019

9.00am – 4.15pm

Lough Neagh Discovery Centre

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Tomorrow’s Science for Today’s Children

Learners of the future need to be adaptable ‘knowledge workers’ who can work creatively, independently and in collaboration. To this end there is an urgent need for an emphasis on developing scientific processes and skills to prepare children for the STEM careers of tomorrow. This course is designed to optimise children’s potential as flexible discoverers and investigators through the process of exploring, testing and finding out.

Outcomes
  • Participants will become familiar with activities which will engage children in independent, enquiry- based learning
  • Participants will be aware of how past discoveries shape present and future thinking.
  • Participants will be more confident in fostering scientific skills, attitudes and understanding alongside scientific knowledge.
  • Participants will be introduced to ideas for using technology effectively to enhance scientific understanding.
  • Participants will have opportunities to explore concepts by designing and constructing, and so engage in deeper and more complex thinking.

Course Fee £65Bursary Amount £420

21st and 28th January, and 6th March 2019

9.00am – 4.15pm

Antrim Board Centre

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22nd and 29th January, and 7th March 2019

9.00am – 4.15pm

Fortwilliam Education Centre

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23rd and 30th January, and 8th March 2019

9.00am – 4.15pm

Lough Neagh Discovery Centre

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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 £65 Bursary Amount £420

31st January, 1st February and 29th March 2019

9.00am – 4.15pm

Antrim Board Centre

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