What makes a good science lesson?

  • One that helps the children develop citizenship skills by providing opportunities to develop respect and learn to care for living things.
  • A good lesson is one that helps children to develop investigative work through engaging them in the work that is being presented, this can be helped by carrying out tests, recording results and by drawing simple conclusions.
  • Raising topical issues that are related to the children and having group discussions about these issues to help progress everyone’s understanding.
  • The use of ICT within the lesson helps stimulate learning within the lesson and helps develop basic ICT skills.
  • Making experiments that show what the children have been learning can help with their understanding as they are seeing it rather than just hearing about it. For example, Jonathon gave the example of showing us an easy simple example of how you can explain gravity, this to us was very simple however when shown to children can make it a lot easier for them to comprehend.
  • Sometimes children do like to work on their own because that’s what they find to be more stimulating however the power of letting the children observe and record can be very beneficial to the lesson and then letting them share their learning with each other.
  • When children hear things from a peer it can sometimes stick in their brain more than if they just hear it from you as the teacher.
  • Through daily outdoor activities, children will not only develop their natural environment skills, develop their creativity and their problem-solving skills it also links to their health and wellbeing skills.

Most of the time if these concepts are used within your teaching you will produce a science lesson that is stimulating, engaging, interesting and fun.

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