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'Come to Your Senses' with RCSI

06 July 2009

25 primary school teachers from schools throughout Dublin and the greater Dublin region will participate in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) ‘Come to Your Senses’ summer course from Monday 6th July to Friday 10th July to support the teaching of the primary science curriculum.

 
Primary school teachers from schools throughout Ireland participate in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) ‘Come to Your Senses’ summer course to support the teaching of the primary science curriculum
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A team from RCSI consisting of Ms Maria Kelly (REACH), Dr Marc Devocelle (Pharmaceutical Chemistry), Dr Maria Morgan (Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics, Dr Kenny Winser (Medical Physics) and Dr Jacqueline Daly (Biological Sciences) will run the week long programme. 

 
Pictured from (L-R) are Maria Kelly, REACH RCSI Project Manager with Primary School Teachers Patti Roche, Catherine McAuley Centre, Edel McLaughlin, Our Lady's, Clonskeagh and Jennifer Dodd, Our Lady's, Clonskeagh. Dublin.

The course will use the theme of the human senses to enable primary school  teachers develop an interest and enthusiasm for teaching science with direct relevance to the primary science curriculum (Social Environmental and Science Education (SESE).  The course promotes learning through doing, and provides teachers with practical experiments and novel ideas for teachers to use in the classroom. 


Pictured from (L-R) are Dr Marc Devocelle, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, RCSI with Primary School teachers Sinead Coakley from Gael Scoil Naomh Padraig, Lucan; Linda Wheatley, RPNS Rathfarnham and Elaine Lyons, Salesian Primary School Limerick at RCSI's science summer course 'Come to Your Senses' with RCSI.

Professor Cathal Kelly, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at RCSI said “’Come to Your Senses’ with RCSI is an innovative way for teachers to develop their SESE teaching skills and to develop confidence and enthusiasm for teaching science in the classroom.  In RCSI we are committed to the advancement of science and learning and this course helps teachers to bring science alive for children in the classroom.”

The Science Curriculum was formally introduced into Primary Schools in 2003 to encourage children to examine and appreciate how science and technology impact on their lives and on the environment.  ‘Come to Your Senses’ is part of RCSI’s Primary Science Initiative which aims to support the teaching of science in the classroom.  It is approved by the Department of Education and is fully funded by RCSI.