Online German Activity for Year 5 up to Year 10

The Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes in collaboration with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, is organising an online German activity – Frohe Weihnachten! / Merry Christmas!

Students in Year 5 and Year 6 as well as students learning German in Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 are invited to participate in this online activity. This is a great opportunity for students to explore Christmas celebrations in German speaking countries and find creative ways to describe them. All participants will get a certificate of participation and a pack of resources will be given to all schools. The schools (Primary and Secondary) with most entries will get an extra pack of resources.

Interested teachers are kindly requested to send the students` videos, photos or presentations by Friday 3rd December 2021 to Ms Erica Kawka Armeni on erica.kawka.armeni@ilearn.edu.mt. Collaborative work is also encouraged. For further information please either access the following link:

https://education.gov.mt/en/foreignlanguages/german/Pages/German-Event-2021-2022.aspx

or contact Ms Erica Kawka Armeni on erica.kawka.armeni@ilearn.edu.mt.

ROBOCAOCH Free Online Coding Sessions for 5 – 7 Year Old Students

Introducing Children to the Love of Coding !

The course aims to help learners to develop an understanding that specific objectives can be attained by following a sequence of instructions or commands. Learners will be ushered to the world of robotics whereby they will develop their curiosity to discover more. This programme will introduce them to technological terms to gradually increase their knowledge on coding and programming. Various technologies and gadgets will be used to jumpstart their interest in robotics while enjoying fun activities.

These are FREE online session, sponsored by eskills Malta Foundation, for which an invite will be received upon confirmation of registration. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Sessions will be held every Tuesday from 16:00 – 16:45, starting from the 12th of October and will run until the 11th of November.

You can register by clicking on this link: Register HERE!

For more information, visit the Robocoach Website here: https://robocoach.com.mt/

Malta Junior Science Olympiad 2021

Heads of School are kindly informed that the Science Centre (Pembroke) within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes (DLAP) is organising the 8th edition of the Malta Junior Science Olympiad (MJSO). The MJSO will be held at Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School, Naxxar, on Saturday 20th November 2021.

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Ġnien Dinja Waħda at Għar Dalam

Heritage Malta would like to invite students from Year 6 to participate in its new thematic programme: Ġnien Dinja Waħda at Għar Dalam. The activity is divided in five 30-minute-long activities that students will follow on a rotation basis:

Station 1: Ġnien Dinja Waħda – Pond Dipping, Għar Dalam curator will show students how to pond dip. Students will then be invited to help identify the creatures and discuss habitats around and in the pond.
Station 2: Għar Dalam Cave Tour – Tour will focus only on the cave as a natural habitat.
Station 3: Observing Nature – The activity will focus on the natural aspect of Għar Dalam with activities aimed at helping the students to connect with the environment around them through observations. A short activity sheet will be used to take note of these observations.
Station 4: Bark Rubbing Activity – An art teacher will show students how to do bark rubbing, students will then be invited to rub on different trees with the aim of creating different patterns. So as to follow Covid19 regulations students are asked to bring their own crayons and paper.
Station 5 (final activity to be carried out prior to leaving): Seed Sowing Activity – Students will be given seeds, pot and soil and given instructions on how to plant them. The pots will subsequently be collected by Heritage Malta staff in May and the trees and other wild plants planted at Għar Dalam and other areas.

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Thematic STEM Debate

The Science Centre (Pembroke) within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes is launching the 3rd edition of the Thematic STEM Debate which has been extended to the Primary Sector. The aim of this initiative is to engage students to become active critical thinkers and skilled debaters. Through active participation in the debate, students will:


• Examine ideas, reports, audio-visual material and policies;
• Verify the value of evidence for concepts;
• Recognize strengths and weaknesses of arguments;
• Engage with opposing views and speak strategically.

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Reading for Pleasure Programmes

For the upcoming scholastic year (2021-2022), the National Literacy Agency, within the Ministry for Education will be organising the reading for pleasure programmes ‘Magic of Stories / Seħer l-Istejjer’ and ‘The Pleasure of Reading / Gost il-Qari’. These sessions will be held in-person in schools. ‘Magic of Stories / Seħer l-Istejjer’ is specifically designed and intended for children in kindergarten and the first two years of primary whilst ‘The Pleasure of Reading / Gost il-Qari’ is intended for primary classes from Year 3 up to Year 6.

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OTPC Tablet Training 2021/2022

The Directorate for Digital Literacy and Transversal Skills will be delivering an online tablet training course for new Year 4 – 6 educators, during this scholastic Year 2021/22. Interested educators should apply via https://bit.ly/OTPCTabletTraining. Those educators who are going to attend the morning sessions should download the approval form from this link https://bit.ly/OTPCTabletTApproval and upload it in the application once it is filled in by the Head of School. NQTs do need not apply since they already attended this training.

Esplora Education Programme 2021 – 2022 Launched

The Esplora Education Programme for scholastic year 2021/2022 was launched during a press event organised at Esplora Interactive Science Centre.   Dr. Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, Executive Chairman of the Malta Council for Science and Technology, Dr. Frank Fabri, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry for Education, the Hon. Justyne Caruana, Minister for Education and the Hon. Owen Bonnici, Minister for Equality, Research and Innovation were present and delivered speeches during this launch. Esplora Interactive Science Centre offers a range of inspirational and engaging learning experiences for schools. These include science shows, workshops, planetarium films, 200+ interactive exhibits, exhibition gallery activity packs, artistic performances, events and CPDs for educators. The Education Programme is a great tool to use by educators who are planning a visit to Esplora with their students. The Education Programme can be downloaded from here: https://esplora.org.mt/education-programme-20212022/