Aberdeen Biodiversity CPD Opportunities 2017

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5th September 2017 – Resourceful Rainforests – 16:00 – 18:30

  • The CPD session aims to train teachers in the use of the excellent resources and facilities found in Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre and Cruickshank Botanic Garden. This will enable teachers to lead activities that increase their pupils’ awareness and experience of the natural world.
  • Teachers will explore the different types of rainforests, their location around the world and their distinct characteristics.  Using microscopes, they will investigate the process of pollination and discover its importance for both local and global biodiversity.
  • This session also incorporates outdoor learning in the botanic gardens. Self-led visits can be booked following the CPD, within a specific timeframe.

Completion of this session will enable teachers to confidently deliver the “Resourceful Rainforests” workshop to their classes at the ABC through interactive and  outdoor learning whilst:

  • enhancing their own knowledge and understanding of the different types of rainforest in the world, and their characteristics.
  • increasing scientific literacy and creating greater curiosity.
  • comparing different areas of the world and developing an understanding of the important resources that exist in these significant places.

To book a place please use the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/resourceful-rainforests-registration-36713686625

27th September 2017 – Amazing Animals – 16:00 – 18:30 

The CPD session aims to train teachers in the use of the excellent resources found in the Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre and Zoology Museum. This will enable them to lead activities that increase the child’s awareness and experience of the natural world. Self-led visits can be booked following the CPD, but within a specific timeframe.

Through interactive, resource-based learning which develops the child’s observational and investigation skills they will explore the classification of the animal kingdom.  They will also have the opportunity to use microscopes to further examine characteristics of the different vertebrate groups.  The majority of the session utilises the handling collection and facilities

Completion of this session will enable teachers to use the Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre and Zoology museum to confidently deliver the “Amazing Animals” workshop to their classes through interactive learning whilst:

  • enhancing their own knowledge and understanding of the complexity and classification of the animal world, while at the same time as developing transferable skills.
  • increasing scientific literacy, creating greater curiosity and developing understanding of the natural world and the relevance of science
  • developing strategies to deliver science topics in the classroom

To book a place please use the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/amazing-animals-registration-36683917585

2nd November 2017 – Winter Outdoor Learning Skills – 16:00 – 18:30 

This CPD session aims to develop primary teachers confidence in teaching science outdoors during the winter. It will emphasize the benefits of outdoor learning and why it is important in general and the importance of viewing the outdoors as an integral and essential tool to teach science effectively, rather than seeing outdoor learning as an ‘add on’ in the sciences. We will provide some suggested activities that can be done in the school grounds or other outdoor areas to meet particular outcomes in the Winter months. A number of loan boxes will also be available on request to teachers who have completed the CPD with resources to help them teach the activities covered in the CPD. It will cover activities which are suitable for both first and second levels with potential for differentiation depending on the ability of the children being taught.

The CPD session will cover most of the outcomes from the Biodiversity and Interdependence strand of the experiences and outcomes in the sciences which have an outdoor element.

Completion of the session will:

  • Build teachers confidence and knowledge in outdoor learning and why this is important and beneficial to learning in the sciences.
  • Provide some suggested activities to allow teachers to cover experiences and outcomes from the Biodiversity and Interdependence strand in an outdoor setting in the Winter months.
  • Build teachers confidence in the additional health and safety requirements of learning outdoors in the Winter months

Give teachers access to loan boxes to help them deliver science activities in an outdoor setting, and also access to Cruickshank gardens to deliver these sessions if the outdoor area in their school session is limited.

To book a place please use the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/amazing-animals-registration-36683917585

7th November 2017 – Fossils, Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life – 16:00 – 18:30

The CPD session aims to train teachers in the use of the excellent resources found in the Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre and Zoology Museum. This will enable them to lead activities that increase the child’s awareness and experience of the natural world. Self-led visits can be booked following the CPD, but within a specific timeframe.

Through interactive, resource-based learning which develops the child’s observational and investigation skills they will explore how fossils are formed, and what they can teach us about dinosaurs and other prehistoric life. The session will look at how dinosaurs lived, and why they and other life forms became extinct.  The majority of the session utilises the handling collection and facilities at the ABC and some time will be spent in the adjoining Zoology Museum.

Completion of this session will enable teachers to use the Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre and Zoology museum to confidently deliver the “Animal Adaptations” workshop to their classes through interactive learning whilst:

  • enhancing their own knowledge and understanding of prehistoric life and the fossil record.
  • increasing scientific literacy, creating greater curiosity and developing understanding of the natural world and the relevance of science
  • developing strategies to deliver science topics in the classroom

To book a place please use the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/amazing-animals-registration-36683917585

16th November 2017 – Night and Day in Nature – 16:00 -18:00

The CPD session aims to train teachers in the use of the excellent resources found in Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre handling collection and the Zoology Museum. This will enable teachers to lead activities that increase the child’s awareness and experience of the natural world, through interactive, resource-based learning which develops the child’s observational and investigation skills.

Teachers will investigate the impact of the earth’s daily rhythms on animals and learn how to use ‘hands on’ activities to explore this topic with their class. Various aspects of biodiversity will be covered, specifically how an animal’s behaviour and use of its sense organs have adapted to daily rhythms to increase the survival success of that animal. Self-led visits can be booked following the CPD within a specific timeframe.

Completion of this session will enable teachers to use the Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre and Zoology Museum to confidently deliver the “Night and Day in Nature” workshop to their classes through interactive learning whilst:

  • enhancing their own knowledge and understanding of how animals have adapted to circadian rhythms.
  • increasing scientific literacy, creating greater curiosity and developing understanding of the natural world
  • developing strategies to deliver science topics in the classroom

To book a place please use the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/amazing-animals-registration-36683917585

21st November 2017 – Animal Adaptations – 16:00 – 18:30

The CPD session aims to train teachers in the use of the excellent resources found in the Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre and Zoology Museum. This will enable them to lead activities that increase the child’s awareness and experience of the natural world. Self-led visits can be booked following the CPD, but within a specific timeframe.

Through interactive, resource-based learning which develops the child’s observational and investigation skills they will explore how animals and plants are adapted to survive in different habitats around the World.  The majority of the session utilises the handling collection and facilities at the ABC and some time will be spent in the adjoining Zoology Museum.

Completion of this session will enable teachers to use the Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre and Zoology museum to confidently deliver the “Animal Adaptations” workshop to their classes through interactive learning whilst:

  • enhancing their own knowledge and understanding of different world habitats and the organisms that survive there
  • increasing scientific literacy, creating greater curiosity and developing understanding of the natural world and the relevance of science
  • developing strategies to deliver science topics in the classroom

To book a place please use the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/amazing-animals-registration-36683917585


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