Teaching science lessons includes teaching students how to investigate ‘IN SCIENCE’. This type of lesson is called a ‘scientific enquiry’. In a scientific enquiry lesson, students are learning how to think and work like a scientist by investigating nature and making observations for themselves, first hand.
Teaching science also includes teaching students ‘ABOUT SCIENCE.’ To learn about science, students read books and search sources online to find out what we know in science, how we know and who helped to make it happen.
In today’s video – I compare coming up with some Learning Objectives for a lesson IN science (a scientific enquiry) and coming up with the objectives for a lesson that is ABOUT science – well about a topic in science to be more exact.
Write a brief for a project in which your student will investigate a scientific topic – using secondary resources
Write a brief for a project for your student to work on independently. Choose a topic or question that has a connection with science. You could include some focus questions for your student to address. You can also supply some or all of the resource materials that children will need. That’s particularly relevant if children are learning at home and don’t have lots of books or access to the internet.
By design a ‘project brief’ – I’m wanting you to think of a project that the children could do – so it’s going to have some research by children and will be independent work – the kind of thing they can work on during lockdown at home or in a school library using mostly secondary sources of information eg books or internet or asking for the opinions of parents and others in their home.
So here are some examples of projects for a child in Year 5 (age 9-10) and I have a theme of ‘food’ for all of them!!”how has the equipment and technology we have in our kitchens for cooking changed over the last 30 years?” Or “how do people cook their food in this and other countries – what could we do to reduce the amount of energy we need?” or “how is food transported around the world – and what solutions or changes have happened during lock-down?”
You can use the session planning tool as usual to design your project brief. That’s because even though the work doesn’t fit snugly into one lesson, you will still need to know what are the objectives and how will you assess learning.
So what is ‘science’ – exactly?
Science asks and investigates questions about the natural world – so the world of natural objects and events. It does so by making sense of ‘observations’ – what we can see, hear, touch, smell and taste. This kind of ‘evidence’ is the kind of evidence we can all experience.
In a scientific enquiry – we are working scientifically to make and analyse observations for ourselves.
The activity you are creating this time, however, will not involve practising observation and enquiry skills in science. For this project your student will be researching using books and other sources.
Good topics include space travel, endangered species, lighthouses, snails, new waterproof materials, the Antarctic, volcanoes, perfumes, flight and lots more!
SESSION PLANNING TOOL
This link will take you to a survey that will help you to decide on your learning goals for children and also plan a teaching session.
We recommend you use the tool many times. You can choose which sections you answer each time and print / save your answers at the end of each visit.