Date: July 3-7   Time: 9:30 - 14:00

CPD Summer Course for Teachers

Department of Education and Skills approved Summer Course for Primary School Teachers (participants qualify for 3 EPV days)

The European Space Education Office (ESERO) Ireland, is offering places for teachers on a 5 day professional development course at two unique space related locations in Cork and Lough Gur, Co Limerick from 3 – 7 July 2017.

Course 1: Using Space to teach Science through Inquiry – 3rd to 6th Class

Venue: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory
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”

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.” Testimonial from previous participant.

COURSE CONTENT
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 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 maps and models, Maps 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 Blackrock Castle Observatory.

Course timetable is available Senior Timetable BCO 3-7 July 2017

Cost for 5 day course €50 (includes tea/coffee/ lunch).

Book a place

July 3 – 7 CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory (Cork)
Book on-line at Cork Education Centre
http://www.cesc.ie/index.cfm/page/courses/courseId/1861

 

Course 2: Junior Rocket Scientists: Using space as a cross-curricular theme

Venue: Lough Gur Heritage Centre, Honey Fitz Theatre

Primary Level: For Teachers of Infants to 2nd Class
The course ‘Junior Rocket Scientists: Using space as a cross-curricular theme’ explores space-related activities and teaching approaches that develop scientific and numeracy skills in an integrated way across the curriculum, particularly through Science and Geography. The focus will be on inquiry based learning.

COURSE CONTENT
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 skills:

Mathematical skills: applying and problem solving, integrating and connecting, communicating and expressing, reasoning, understanding and recalling.
Science and Geography Skills: A sense of place, a sense of space. Questioning, observing, predicting, investigating and experimenting, estimating and measuring, analysing, recording and communicating.

The course will include 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 new resources from the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO), the International Space Station Education Kit from the European Space Agency, the EU Universe Awareness education programme (UNAWE) and a range of other resources including the on-site exhibits and facilities at Lough Gur Heritage Centre.

Course timetable is available JuniorTimetableLoughGur2017

Cost for 5 day course €50 (includes tea/coffee/ lunch).

Book a place

July 3 – 7 Lough Gur Heritage Centre (Honey Fitz Theatre)
Book on-line at Limerick Education Centre
http://lec.ie/courses-limerick-education-centre/summer-courses/84-junior-rocket-scientists-using-space-as-a-cross-curricular-theme.html

For further information:

Contact: Frances McCarthy
Phone: 021 432 6121
Email: frances.mccarthy@bco.ie
Web: www.bco.ie