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GatBB Bitesize Online CPD

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The GatBB team have put together a series of one-hour CPD courses, which are delivered using Zoom. The courses are informative and interactive, equipping teachers to tackle tricky areas of the curriculum where science and faith collide. Bookings are £50 per teacher. For group booking rates, please get in touch.

 

Endorsements for GatBB Bitesize:

  ‘I have been teaching RE for 20 years and never had CPD on this, it’s really needed’

‘The units sound really good and look like they would support an increased confidence for teachers when working with their pupils to explore and develop understanding in these areas. Improving the confidence and knowledge of teachers of science in the primary phase is vital.’

‘Wow, these sound fantastic and are very much need for staff CPD. Our aim is always to keep God at the centre of our teaching, particularly in subjects like science and these will equip the staff to respond to the big questions children may have.’

Primary Teachers

Lower Key Stage 2: Rocks and Fossils- How do billions of years and the days of Creation coincide?

In Lower KS2, pupils should be encouraged to ask their own questions and be curious about what they observe. What happens when they start exploring different kinds of rocks and researching how living things become trapped in rock and form fossils over billions of years? How can they reconcile this information with the Creation story they learn about in RE? Teachers can expect to be equipped with knowledge and practical approaches to prevent pupils making a false-choice between science and faith at the earliest opportunity.

Upper Key Stage 2: Evolution and Genesis- Sources of Knowledge for Creation

In Upper KS2, pupils should be encouraged to talk about their ideas, ask their own questions and recognise that science changes over time. Learning about adaptation, variation and evolution and the value of the fossil record may lead some pupils to question the Creation stories of Genesis. Teachers can expect to be equipped with the tools to lead pupils through an exploration of the Genesis texts and scientific evidence as sources of knowledge for understanding Creation

Upper Key Stage 2: Planets and Purpose

In Upper KS2, pupils should be encouraged to talk about their ideas, ask their own questions and recognise that science changes over time. Learning about other planets and about how ideas on the solar system have developed over time can spark questions on the enormity of Creator God and the purpose of humanity. Teachers can expect to be equipped with knowledge and resources to explore awe and wonder at the power and majesty of the Universe as well as the unique relationship humans share with God.

Senior Leadership: Headteachers as Christian leaders in the area of science and faith

Does science make it difficult to believe in God? Can science support faith in God? Informed  by data collected from across the country, this course will teach Headteachers the key  concepts to ensure that a false-choice between science and faith is not being made by pupils.  In light of the updated SIAMS inspection framework, this session will provide ideas on how to  give pupils the opportunity for awe and wonder and to create a question-rich environment  within school communities.

To register interest for any of these courses, please email sarahmoring@manchester.anglican.org

Secondary Teachers

 First Cause Argument and The Big Bang Theory

 The course will equip RE teachers with the scientific knowledge to confidently teach the Big Bang Theory, in order to enhance depth of understanding and attainment of their students.  The developments of the Big Bang Theory will be introduced from the first concept by Fr George Lemaitre, initial rejection by Einstein and many leading scientists, accumulation of scientific evidence and current acceptance as the best scientific explanation of the origin of the universe.   Divergent views of Religious and non- religious beliefs re the Big Bang Theory, will be explored. Current scientific understanding of the Big Bang Theory will be related to the First Cause argument of Thomas Aquinas, to align with the RS curricula and demonstrate the compatibility of science and faith (Special Motion 1V Manchester Diocese), with reference to sources of wisdom and authority (Genesis 1: John 1; Hebrews 1 ; Psalm 19; Psalm 104)

 The Design Argument and Fine Tuning

The course will equip RE teachers with the scientific knowledge to confidently relate the scientific evidence for the fine tuning of the universe to the Design argument, in order to enhance depth of understanding and attainment of their students.  Divergent views of Religious and non-religious beliefs, re fine tuning will be explored, including ‘Multiverse theory’. Current scientific evidence for fine tuning of the universe will be related to the Design argument of William Paley, to align with the RS curricula and demonstrate the compatibility of science and faith (Special Motion Manchester Diocese), with reference to sources of wisdom and authority (Genesis 1-2: Job 38-39; Psalm 19; Psalm 104; Jeremiah 33;  John 1; Hebrews 1)

Evolution and the Genesis Creation story

The course will equip RE teachers with the scientific knowledge to confidently relate the scientific evidence for evolution to the Genesis creation story, in order to enhance depth of understanding and attainment of their students. Darwin’s work of origin of species and understanding of ‘survival of the fittest’ will be explored, together with contemporary evidence of evolution eg transition species.   Divergent views of religious and non-religious belief re evolution, including Creationism, Theistic and Atheistic Evolution will be explored. Leading contemporary evolutionary scientists will be studied, ie Richard Dawkins and Francis Collins (Head of NIH in USA and leader of the Genome project). Religious and non-religious views of genetic engineering will be discussed Current scientific evidence for evolution, including common descent of life via the fossil record and DNA, will be related to the creation story, to align with the RS curricula and demonstrated the compatibility of science and faith    (Special Motion Manchester Diocese), with reference to sources of wisdom and authority (Genesis 1-2:  Psalm 139)

To register interest for any of these courses, please contact suzannekalka@manchester.anglican.org