RCSI hosted a five-day science course for 25 primary school teachers, from all around Ireland, that aims to ignite passion in primary school teachers in the subject. The RCSI ‘Come to Your Senses 2017’ programme ran in July.
Now in its eight year, the course uses 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. The programme puts an emphasis on learning through doing and provides teachers with alternative, hands-on and fun ways of teaching science to children, without the need for expensive materials or equipment.
Professor Hannah McGee, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at RCSI said, “We are committed to advancing healthcare education and research, building on a core of scientific training. Enthusiasm for science begins at primary school so the ‘Come to Your Senses’ course is a unique way for our academic staff to work across the educational sectors by supporting primary school teachers to develop their delivery of the science curriculum.
“This course provides instructions on activities and experiments for use in the classroom and in doing so, inspires the next generation of primary school leavers to value and maintain an interest in science subjects and careers in science and healthcare.” concluded Professor McGee.
‘Come to Your Senses’ is part of RCSI’s Primary Science for Teachers Initiative (PSTI) which supports the teaching of science in the classroom. The initiative is a component of the RCSI REACH (Recreation, Education and Community Health) programme and is approved by the Department of Education and funded by RCSI.
Dr Jacqueline Daly, Director of the Primary Science Initiative, RCSI 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. Teachers on the course will also take part in ‘Science in Action’ sessions where they will visit RCSI Researchers from the Departments of Anatomy (Biology), Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics, Physiology, and the School of Pharmacy. to see first-hand how important and influential the passionate teaching of primary science is in developing researchers of the future.”
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.
RCSI is ranked in the top 250 institutions worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2016-2017). It is an international not-for-profit health sciences institution, with its headquarters in Dublin, focused on education and research to drive improvements in human health worldwide