The European Space Education Resource 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.
Department of Education and Skills approved Summer Course for Primary School Teachers (participants qualify for 3 EPV days)
Cork Course: 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.
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
For further information:
Contact: Frances McCarthy
Phone: 021 432 6121