Science is a very fun and active subject for children because it enables them to develop investigation skills: when they record, measure, collect and analyse data they are enhancing skills they will use in everyday life. This is important because it allows children to understand how the world around them works. Why do plants need sunshine for growth? How do batteries convert chemical energy to electrical energy? This is a subject where children learn by ‘doing’, rather than ‘seeing’. By allowing them to engage in outdoor learning is the most efficient way to make sure they are receiving best opportunities outwith their classroom.
As a teacher it is important to be passionate about the subject as this will really reflect upon the children. In order to do this, I will need to make sure I am fully involved in the lesson but more importantly, active engagement from the children is essential because they are the ones learning. Rote learning will not help children use their knowledge in practice as they are only memorising the information whereas conceptual learning allows children to link what they have learnt to everyday life processes. This will further allow children to ask questions if they are unsure of anything which will then enable them to remember this question and answer.
Another important way to deliver a good science lesson is by creating opportunities for team work. It allows children to challenge their thoughts and work together to come to a conclusion, but also explore why others may think differently. If they are carrying out an investigation or building a moving object, every pupil will have different expertise therefore by allowing them to work together they are able to share responsibilities amongst one another.