Teaching Through Inquiry
Themed DPSM/ESERO Frameworks for Inquiry
As part of the DPSM/ESERO CPD programme, we are developing a range of themed activities using the DPSM/ESERO Framework for Inquiry. These bring together a number of the activities which can be found in the Classroom Activities section of the website under a specific theme. You can download the themed frameworks here:
In the Investigating Light DPSM/ESERO themed framework Learn, pupils investigate aspects of light and discover that light is a form of energy. Using rainbow spinners, they can learn that not only can white light be broken up into the rainbow colours, but also that the rainbow colours can be brought together to produce white light. This leads to investigating the reflection of light on various surfaces and at different angles and apply what they have discovered to how satellites work. Finally, they investigate refraction using different types of lenses and make a model telescope.
Engineering our Environment
Engineering our Environment provides an opportunity for pupils to be engineers. Using the DPSM/ESERO Framework for Inquiry, they investigate how materials may be used in construction, how forces act on objects, and identify some ways in which science and technology contribute positively to society. It brings together DPSM classroom activities such as Design a Bridge, Design and Make traffic lights and investigating amazing triangles in an Engineering themed framework for inquiry. The resource kit also includes cross curricular ideas and examples of how is was used in Scoil Chaitríona Junior School in Galway.
Our Solar System
Our Solar System Framework includes background information on the Solar System for teachers, a variety of activities, and a DPSM/ESERO themed framework for senior classes (3rd to 6th). Pupils investigate the sizes and scales in the Solar System: how big is big and how do all those planets fit into the solar system? The cross-curricular links section includes ideas for linking the Solar System to other areas of the primary curriculum.
Mars: the Red Planet
Working through this framework, pupils investigate could we ever live on Mars. The Mars Framework for Juniors has pupils designing Martians and wondering what the Martian landscape looks like. The Mars Framework for senior classes has the pupils investigating why Mars is red and how Martian canals formed. Includes the Primary Science classroom activities and some great pictures for your Interactive Whiteboard. Check out the cross-curricular Links page for great ideas for linking Mars to other areas of the primary curriculum.
Falling Things - Gravity and Air Resistance
The Falling Things - Gravity and Air Resistance focusses on investigating how forces act on objects. In the Framework for junior classes, pupils investigate how various objects fall, record their findings, and look at what does gravity. In the Framework for senior classes, a video of Felix Baumgartner’s Skydive from Space stimulates pupil discussion and questioning about gravity and the effect air resistance has on falling objects. Pupils design and make parachutes and analyse which parachute design is most effective.
A Journey into Space
Using the Journey into Space Framework, you can provide pupils with the opportunity investigate some of the key aspects involved in Space travel. Using the framework, pupils will design and make a foam rocket, investigate how best to clear dirty water while in space, and design a space buggy to get around when they get to Mars. Also contains ideas for linking to other areas of the curriculum.
The Power of Water
Floods are a natural and inevitable part of life in Ireland. The Power of Water booklet contains inquiry based classroom activities and background information for teachers. Explore some effects of climate change on flooding and then design and make model flood defences.