Everyone’s back to school with the Ribble Discovery Centre

Annabel Rushton

Friday 6 September 2019

The RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre are celebrating their recent success and are inviting teachers to turn into students this autumn, to experience the exciting outdoor adventures that the Fairhaven Lake site has to offer.

Following on from a very successful, exciting Summer Term and in a bid to help boost teacher confidence in science teaching, the centre are playing host to a Continuous Professional Development Day (CPD) for primary school science leaders.  The day will be run in partnership with the local Science Learning Partnership (SLP) and STEM ambassadors. 

The event, to be held on Monday 7 October 2-4pm, will provide teachers with an opportunity to understand how to encourage pupils to apply their knowledge and understanding at deeper levels and in different contexts.  The teachers themselves will become the students and experience the RSPB’s unique mud habitat study first hand.

Jo Taylor, RSPB Learning and Visitor Officer at the Ribble Discovery Centre said:     “All our sessions are curriculum linked and are very hands-on and exploratory in nature.  They empower pupils to investigate and discover and provide a link to the intention and substance of the science curriculum. The mud habitat study is one of the most popular sessions as it is so unique, it provides a totally different habitat to the ones children experience at school. The range of vocabulary we can use in this environment is extensive and it’s great to see children apply what they have learnt in school, here.”

With the introduction of the new Ofsted framework due in September 2019, there will be greater emphasis on the delivery of a broader science curriculum.  This CPD event will provide an opportunity to see how this works in practice as well as showcasing the outstanding learning experiences on offer at the Ribble Discovery Centre.

Sarah Conron from the Science Learning Partnership said: “Lancashire Science Learning Partnership are delighted to be working collaboratively with Ribble Discovery Centre to provide hands on CPD to local primary teachers. This is a fantastic opportunity for teachers to experience how pupils can learn effectively outside the classroom and apply their knowledge and understanding at a deeper level in unfamiliar contexts. There will be a limited number of spaces so book early to avoid disappointment, as we are anticipating it being very popular.”

The Ribble Discovery Centre will also be offering a special 2 for 1 discount to teachers who attend the CPD and subsequently book a school visit in the Autumn Term.  

The RSPB’s well-known programmes can enhance learning that has already taken place in the classroom and can also support the introduction of a new topic or project, giving children an exciting, hands-on experience in nature.

Jo Taylor concluded: “We have had a very successful and busy Summer Term with a high number of school visits.  Our feedback has been fantastic with teachers stating children have learnt lots, that the sessions have supported and enhanced their science and topic work in school and that children were engaged the whole time!”

To book your exciting outdoor learning day and for full details of the schools programmes available at the Ribble Discovery Centre visit www.rspb.org.uk/ribblediscoverycentre.

For further details on the Development Day for teachers and to ask questions, email jo.taylor@rspb.org.uk. Or to book please access www.stem.org.uk/cpd/452809/rspb-ribble-discovery-centre-lytham

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