‘Child centred’ and ‘child lead’ learning have become key phrases in recent years, but they aren’t ‘new’ ideas. Supporting children to think and wonder; to apply their ideas for themselves; to develop new skills to answer their own ‘wonderings’, are key to creating the great minds of tomorrow.
But making this happen in the classroom takes skills of our own and requires practical advice that makes sense. Practical advice that can be applied easily and lead you to develop your own ideas.
The premise behind this website is less of advertising myself, and much more about sharing the advice and suggestions along with the materials that have helped develop practise:
‘This year not only have we all enjoyed science more, but science writing has been used as moderation for Year 6 for English -
Deputy Head and PSTT Fellow.
Feel free to browse, email and ask questions or to download (there is a small charge for a complete resource). Hopefully find a few things that may spark your own ideas, supporting you to develop your practice at the same time as developing the skills of your children.
Get them Thinking
Instead of reading during registration, have a thinking skills activity on the board…
If this is the answer, then what is the question. Post answer that require a bit of creative thinking For example putting up the answer: ‘12’ can lead to both maths answers as well as science ones -
I wonder what the pattern is? Is there always a smaller one next to a larger one? Are the pips only in the large segments?
Use Science Writing for your English Moderation
Sounds ambitious doesn’t it? However by providing a structure for writing and prompt questions, just as we would in English you too can use Science for English Moderation.
Take in a balloon for each member of staff -
This may sound backwards, but it will encourage staff to be more creative with the activities and equipment they use in their topics.
Read All About It…
It may be old fashioned but either set up a physical news sheet (A3 paper folder over) or a page on the school website for titbits and a competition. Children love weird facts and these can be found on the Internet (e.g. Sciencekids) or set an activity to be done at home (e.g. Steve Spangler or the Science Museum website have lots of ideas)
Making It Practical
Practical Advice that Makes Sense