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Primary Science for Teachers Initiative brings science alive in classrooms

06 July 2012
Primary school teachers from around Ireland are participated in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) ‘Come to Your Senses' summer course which took place in the College from 2nd-6th July and helps support the teaching of the primary science curriculum. The course is part of the Dublin City of Science 2012 programme.
 

Pictured is Sam Maher, RCSI, speaking to teachers at RCSI's ‘Come to Your Senses' Primary Science Initiative (PSTI).
  

‘Come to Your Senses' is part of RCSI's Primary Science Initiative (PSTI) which aims to support the teaching of science in the classroom. The Initiative is a component of the REACH RCSI programme which promotes Recreation, Education and Community Health. It is approved by the Department of Education and is fully funded by RCSI.

The course used the theme of the human senses to enable primary school teachers to develop their interest and enthusiasm for teaching science with direct relevance to the primary science curriculum for Social Environmental and Science Education (SESE).


Pictured (l-r) are Colm O'Reilly, RCSI, and Sam Maher, RCSI at the ‘Come to Your Senses' Primary Science Initiative (PSTI). 
 

The RCSI PSTI team are Dr Jacqueline Daly, Dr Marc DeVocelle, Ms Maria Kelly, Dr Maria Morgan and Dr Kenny Winser. 25 primary school teachers participated in this summer initiative. 20 per cent of the places on the course are reserved for schools that are part of the DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) programme.
 
The workshops introduced primary school teachers to alternative, hands-on and fun ways of teaching science to children, without the need for expensive materials or equipment.


Pictured at RCSI's ‘Come to Your Senses' Primary Science Initiative (PSTI) is Martina Healy, teacher at St. Enda's School, Whitefriar St, Dublin.
 

Professor Hannah McGee, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at RCSI said "At RCSI, we are committed to the advancement of science education and enthusiasm for this needs to begin at primary school level. The ‘Come to Your Senses' course is a novel way for teachers to develop their science teaching skills, giving them the confidence and enthusiasm to conduct hands-on activities and experiments in the classroom which will inspire children to develop an interest in science."
 

Pictured (l-r) are Joanne Murphy, Scoil Aonghusa, Tallaght; Carol Gannon, St. Stephen's National School, Navan; and Robert O'Brien, Esker Educate Together, Lucan Pictured is Mary Comiskey, teacher at Scoil Mhuire, Lucan, at RCSI's ‘Come to Your Senses' Primary Science Initiative (PSTI).
 
Dr Jacqueline Daly, Director of the Initiative said "As well as providing an important opportunity for teachers to network and share experiences with their peers, the ‘Come to Your Senses' course empowers teachers to bring new techniques back to their own school and pass these valuable skills on to their colleagues". 
 

Pictured is Joanne Murphy, teacher at Scoil Aonghusa Senior, Tallaght, at RCSI's ‘Come to Your Senses' Primary Science Initiative (PSTI), which aims to support the teaching of science in the classroom.
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REACH RCSI works in partnership with primary and post primary schools, youth and community groups together with the local community on the design and delivery of educational initiatives including Homework Clubs, Science Workshops, Sports & health programmes and an Education Information Service.


Pictured is Mary Comiskey, teacher at Scoil Mhuire, Lucan, at RCSI's ‘Come to Your Senses' Primary Science Initiative (PSTI).

 
 

Pictured are all of the primary teachers that took part in the Prmary Science for Teachers Initiative and the RCSI staff who organised the initiative.