an overview of expectations and guidance from the government and other sources
I love teaching science. . . children getting totally absorbed in the knowledge and enquiry that science delivers if taught with a little imagination.
There should also be LOTS of talk, always be a practical element and most of the lesson should be experiential. Children should be ‘doing’ something; up out of their seats, moving around, fetching things, collecting information with a clipboard, wearing a lab coat or carrying a tape measure or camera! Yes, part of it is recording…. but the ‘nitty gritty’ of science is the discovery process! We ask a question or pose a problem or variable and then we go about solving or researching it with copious amount of conversation along the way. How exciting!
Set the scene,or have an immersion day at the beginning of the term / unit. Gather information about what the children ALREADY know during this time. Record initial ideas on video.
Throughout the unit– take 10 photos each week that summarise each lesson. Alongside the children, create a video timeline of learning which clearly shows how much ground you have covered as a class team! Play to parents!
Always make links back to the NC ,– The Working Scientific section! Are the children working scientifically? Are they asking questions as well as asking them? Are the children performing simple tests, identifying patterns or classify new information? Add these questions or intentions on the wall of the classroom to always make the science skills explicit or all.
Include information from the real world / topical events!YouTube is such a great tool and brings the outside in! Show the children experiments on a large scale, compare your thinking to that of others and watch science-based videos as a pastime! Visit Space, watch how the most venomous snake catches their prey or find out what the largest flower in the world is! There is so much out there! Be amazed!
Dynamic theory!Yes, we need to learn the science behind all the practical excitement – but that is not to say that this can’t also be fun. Use different sized PE balls to order the planets, dress someone up as a daffodil to name the flower parts or why not label someone head to foot with body part stickers! Make it fun and make that knowledge stick!
Resources I have Found Useful
Label the skeleton
Can the children use the correct scientific vocabulary to label the skeleton?
Materials short investigations
Three worksheets / activities for investigating & testing different materials topics. e.g. Why are materials used for different objects?
Mission Space: An introduction unit on SPACE
Create a space themed day and learn about the planets and the moon! So much fun to be had!
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