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ASE NI - Inquiry based learning in the KS2/KS3 Classroom

Date: Saturday 13th September 2014

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Location : Bloomfield Collegiate School, Astoria Gardens, Belfast, BT5 6HW

Cost : Members (Free) / Non members (£30)

Chris will share some of the learning and ideas from her work on the European Project SAILS  (Strategies for Assessment of Inquiry Learning in Science) which looks at ways of approaching science learning in an authentic and innovative way.  The focus of the project is on maintaining curiosity in science, through raising questions, investigating ideas and creatively approaching science so that children come to understand the many facets of science and how it moves its boundaries rather than view it as a body of knowledge. The project also incorporates a modern view to assessment where formative assessment functions as the day-to-day process of informing teaching and learning with the potential to inform summative assessment at key stages in the year.  We will look at some of the activities teachers have tried and how they found they worked in the classroom. 

This will be valuable for developing inquiry and independent learning within our revised KS3 Curriculum and also to our KS2 primary teachers with the 2011 TIMS and PIRLS indicating the need for more enquiry based learning in our primary schools.

About the Presenter: Dr Christine Harrison

Chris Harrison works at King’s College London where she leads the research team that has taken Assessment for Learning internationally. The studies she has carried out both raised attainment and refocused teaching. She is presently Chair Elect of the Association of Science Education and takes up the role of Chair of the ASE in August. Christine was also the co-author of ‘Working Inside the Black Box’ with Dylan William. 

To register for this CPD course please e-mail ASE Region Secretary, Lorna Monroe at

Please include the title of the workshop (SAILS – Inquiry based learning in the KS2/KS3 Classroon), your name, school, contact email and contact phone number. 

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Membership for primary school as well as individuals is available.