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Come to your Senses with RCSI (RCSI primary science for teachers initiative)

The RCSI Primary Science for Teachers Initiative (PSTI) is a workshop-based programme that uses the theme of 'My Body' to allow primary school teachers to develop their interest and enthusiasm for teaching science with direct relevance to the primary school curriculum (Social, Environmental and Science Education (SESE) and Social, Personal and Heath Education (SPHE).


When do the workshops take place?

The five day summer course has been held annually since 2009, generally in July. Places are limited to 25 participants and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. The workshop has been approved by the Department of Education and Skills for three EPV days. The next course is scheduled to take place 1-5 July 2019. Email for registration details.


Workshops introduce participants to some of the ways scientists work and allow them to conduct simple experiments which they will subsequently be able to perform with confidence in the classroom. Through the experimental activities, we hope to provide teachers with background knowledge in scientific concepts but also the experience of 'learning though doing' and encourage them to develop their confidence and enthusiasm in science education in their own classrooms.

PSTI is an initiative of the REACH RCSI Programme which promotes recreation, education and community health. The programme 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 Junior and Leaving Certificate Grinds Club, science workshops, sports and health programmes as well and education information service.

PSTI 2015

Primary school teachers from across Ireland taking part in 'Come to Your Senses' 2015 


Unique features of the PSTI programme include:

  • Themed content introducing scientific concepts with direct relevance to the SESE and SPHE primary curriculum;

  • Workshop based programme involving ‘hands-on activities';

  • Take-away handouts with clear instructions of all activities and suggestions for integration with other subject areas;

  • Classroom activities designed with readily available, low cost materials;

  • Activities suitable for all class groups (infants to sixth class); and

  • Follow-up support to teachers via Moodle; the RCSI online virtual learning environment.


Primary school teacher taking part in the PSTI Sense Walk.


Contact details

Address: RCSI Primary Science for Teachers Initiative, C/O REACH RCSI Programme, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 123 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.