Teaching Science through inquiry with DPSM & SEAI
Monday 2nd to Friday 6th July 2018
Primary Level

Teaching Science through inquiry with DPSM & SEAI

Discover Primary Science & Maths and SEAI are offering places for teachers on a 5 day professional development course in 4 venues throughout Ireland: Dublin (Airfield Dundrum & Rediscovery Centre Ballymun), Tralee IT and NUI Galway from 2nd to 6th July 2017. Includes 1 day tour/visit of Airfield, Rediscovery Centre, Brigit’s Garden and Blennerville Windmill/Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre.

The course explores teaching approaches that develop numeracy skills in an integrated way across the curriculum, specifically through Science and Geography with a focus on inquiry based learning.


The objective of the course is to assist participants to teach Science and Maths through inquiry using Discover Primary Science & Maths resources and SEAI’s Exploring our Energy Programme. 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.

The course will include 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.

SEAI’s Primary Schools Programme, developed by DCU (formerly St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra) will be covered in the latter part of the summer course. The programme is designed to support children develop their knowledge about energy, energy efficiency and conservation within the SESE curriculum. During the 2 days, teachers will do hands on activities and explore energy and science in a real world way, expanding their knowledge about how and why as a society, we need to develop new ways of looking at our energy resources.

Resources include programme booklets, interactive whiteboard resources and teacher guidelines. All of the investigations and activities are directly related to the content in the strand units of the Primary Science Curriculum.

Participants will also have an opportunity to undertake the Airfield, Rediscovery Centre, Brigit’s Garden & Blennerville Windmill/Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre DPSM programmes at these accredited Discover Primary Science and Maths Centres which involves a range of fieldwork and classroom based activities.

Cost: €50 (includes tea/coffee/ lunches)

Dates for all courses: July 2nd to 6th 2018

Airfield Dundrum, Dublin

Book online Blackrock Education Centre

Rediscovery Centre, Ballymun

Book online Drumcondra Education Centre

Tralee Institute of Technology

Book online Tralee Education Centre

NUI Galway

Book online Galway Education Centre


Emer Barry or Aoife Cannon

Education Programme Executive

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

t 01 808 2049



Stephanie O’Neill


T 01 607 3014