Ecolinc Primary Teachers Professional Development Opportunity – Monday 4th December 2017

19 October 2017

Ecolinc is offering a full day workshop Teaching Inquiry Science – Primary Connections in a STEM context on Monday 4th December. This is a free workshop and open to all Government School Primary Teachers.
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Ecolinc presents:

A Primary Connections Professional Learning Opportunity

Monday 4th December 2017.


As we know the primary years are crucial in establishing foundation skills, knowledge, understanding and curiosity about STEM concepts. PrimaryConnections is offering a workshop at Ecolinc to guide educators to unpack the teaching and learning of science as inquiry and explore how this approach strongly supports STEM instruction.

The full-day workshop ‘Teaching inquiry science – Primary Connections in a STEM context’ explores and consolidates the investigative and inquiry approach through an exploration of the Chemical Sciences by drawing on examples across Foundation to Year 6.

Designed to build efficacy with teaching inquiry from a STEM perspective, this workshop re-visits the key principles underpinning the Primary Connections teaching and learning approach. Participants engage in first-hand experiences that exemplify best practice in supporting students to develop science understanding and skills that build capability in STEM. Participants walk away with a re-imagined perspective and a toolkit of practical strategies to implement directly into classroom practice.

If you have used Primary Connections in the past and seek to better understand and engage in collegiate dialogue as to how to use the units within a STEM educational context this workshop is ideally suited to your professional learning needs.

Where: Ecolinc Science & Technology Innovations Centre
17-23 Labilliere St,
Bacchus Marsh.
When: Monday 4th December.
8.45am - 4.00pm
Audience: Primary Teachers
Note: This professional development opportunity is only open to Government School Primary Teachers.
Cost: Nil
Number of participants: Limited to 30 participants only.


Teaching inquiry science: PrimaryConnections in a STEM context

Session Time Focus
PRE-workshop 8:45 – 9:00 Introduction
Experience Estimators
ENGAGE 1 9:00 – 9:20 Where are we at?
1. Consensograms

2. Know and Do – your questions matter!

3. Challenges we face in building a scientifically and technologically literate community.
ENGAGE 2 9:20 – 9:40 The importance of being scientifically literate in a technological world.
EXPLORE 1 9:40 – 10:00 Working Backwards
1. The STEM context

2. How might education programs prepare our students?
3. PrimaryConnections – purpose and approach
EXPLORE 2 10:00 – 10:30 The 5Es inquiry teaching and learning model
1. Enjoyment V engagement

2. Developing conceptual understanding

3. The 5Es model
MORNING TEA 10.30 am - 11.00 am
EXPLORE 3 11:00 – 11:30 Unpacking the 5Es sequence in a Year 5 PrimaryConnections Chemical Sciences curriculum unit
1. The phases

2. Purpose of each phase

3. Teaching and learning focus
EXPLORE 4 11:30 – 12:30 Investigative and inquiry approach explored through Year 1 and Year 6 Chemical Sciences curriculum units
1. Why investigate?

2. Collaborative Learning strategies

3. Investigating in the Explore phase
4. Investigating in the Elaborate phase
EXPLORE 5 12:30 – 1:15 Communicating scientifically - science through literacy in a Year 4 Chemical Sciences curriculum unit
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
EXPLAIN 2:00 – 2:45 Putting it all together
ELABORATE 2:45 – 3:30 An overview of PrimaryConnections curriculum units in a STEM context
EVALUATE 3:30 – 4:00 A shared understanding of PrimaryConnections in a STEM context