So as I may be science co-ordinator next year it got me to musing on the fantastic science program we had during my PGCE at The University of Manchester. There were so many fantastic ways to make science exciting, engaging and memorable so I’ve decided to reminisce and share the most active of the many.
Where to start…
I remember this one because it was active, enjoyable and the kids really understood the tricky concept of current. On the floor marked out was a single circuit. One child was the cell and another was a bulb. All the other children served as the electrical current. The battery gave each child a little push each time they went around the circuit and each time they ‘went through’ the battery the bulb jumped. Great fun!
The kids really liked the movement involved in this one. When looking at solids, liquids and gases the children act as particles- obviously for solids the children are all locking arms and ‘vibrating’ quickly, for liquids they are spread out slightly and for gasses spread far apart. This is great for showing solids melting too as you can speed up the vibrating or slow it down by the use of a tambourine!
Balloons are a necessity when teaching science! Here’s just one of the reasons why:
You need someone to be the heart, someone for the lungs, someone to be the brain and someone to be the rest of the body. The rest of the children are blood cells. The blood (chn) move on a heart beat a beat of a drum). When chn reach the lungs they are given a balloon (oxygen), they go up to the brain then make their way to the rest of the body. The chn burst the balloon to show the oxygen being used up then make their way around the circuit to pick up more oxygen. Sounds complicated but works brilliantly!
This one I came up with on a spur of a moment question from one of the children in my class when I was telling them it was important to sit up straight for singing.
Me: Make sure you’ve got nice straight backs to get lots of air in your lungs
Child: Miss what’s a lung?
Me:…..well imagine you’ve got two balloons under your ribs (rubs ribs after realising eash if they don’t know what a lung is!) Every one take a deep breath in… your balloons in your chest have blown up now and they are nice and full and big. Now breath out…now your balloons have got all small again and have no air in them.
I then told the children to scrunch over and try to breath in-
Children: ‘Ah miss that’s hard!’
Now they all have lovely straight singing backs 😉
There were so many more but these are just a few of the more get up and get involved ones. If I’m teaching you to suck eggs then I apologise but if not I hope they are of some use to you!