Department of Education approved Summer Courses for Primary School Teachers
(in association with ESERO Ireland & Blackrock Castle Observatory)
Course Title: Using Space to Teach Science through Inquiry
Relevant for teachers of: 3rd to 6th Class
Dates: 2nd – 6th July 2018 from 9:30 – 14:00 daily
Book with Limerick Education Resource Centre by following this link: https://www.lec.ie/courses-limerick-education-centre/search-result.html?search=Lough%20Gur
Course details: Department of Education and Skills approved Summer Course for Primary School Teachers (participants qualify for 3 EPV days). The European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) Ireland, is offering places for teachers on a 5 day professional development course at the Honey Fitz Theatre, Lough Gur from the 2nd – 6th of July 2018. The course ‘Using Space to Teach Science through Inquiry – 3rd to 6th Class’ explores teaching approaches that develop numeracy skills in an integrated way across the curriculum, specifically through Science and Geography, with an emphasis on the theme of Space. The focus will be on inquiry based learning and how
to use the “DPSM/ESERO Framework of Inquiry.
Testimonial from previous participant:
“This course provided me with the materials, resources and confidence to bring
science to life in my classroom. I am looking forward to the coming year and
having fun with the children through science.”
The objective of the course is to assist participants to develop a cross-curricular approach to teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) using Space as a theme. The course will have an emphasis on inquiry based learning and provide opportunities to apply skills and knowledge to real life situations. The main curriculum areas covered by the course are SESE (Science, Geography) and Mathematics with a focus on the following skills:
Mathematical skills: applying and problem solving, integrating and connecting, communicating and expressing, reasoning.
Literacy skills: developing competence and confidence in oral language and using a scientific vocabulary. Developing cognitive abilities through oral language.
Science and Geography Skills: Observing, estimating, measuring, predicting, designing and making, recording and communicating, a sense of place, a sense of space, using pictures, models and globes. The course will commence with hands-on sessions based around the DPSM/ESERO Framework for Inquiry and a range of classroom based activities, which have been developed, tested and used widely by primary teachers.
The DPSM/ESERO Framework for Inquiry has been developed by DPSM facilitators & teachers working with science education specialists and is designed to be used in the planning and teaching of a topic, or theme, on the SESE Science curriculum.
The Space related theme of the course will be developed using the International Space Station Education Kit and a range of other resources including the on-site exhibits and facilities at the Honey Fitz Theatre, Lough Gur, County Limerick.
Cost for 5 day course €50 (includes tea/coffee/ lunch).
Book a place: July 2 – 6, 2018 Honey Fitz Theatre, Lough Gur, County Limerick
Book with Limerick Education Centre: https://www.lec.ie/courses-limerick-education-centre/search-result.html?search=Lough%20Gur
For further information on course content:
Contact: Kate Harrold
Phone: 061 385186