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Transcript of Smart Science
User name: lwebster
Using the Website Newly Released
NOW RELEASED - Year 1/2 and Year 3/4 resources! These new resources are reading for you to try out - they are in addition to the Smart Science pack and we are delighted to be able to offer them to you for free.
View additional resources and download Sticky Fingers, Smart Hunt, Indie's Fleas and others.
Remember to send us your feedback - it's VITAL that we know if you like these new activities.
ALSO - cross curricular links for each and every Smart Science booklet - ready now!
choose one of the four to focus on
display the posters in classroom Hedgehog Crime Scene
Creativity and Problem Solving: to consider Why? How? and What if?
Investigate skills: to make comparisions between pieces of evidence. Generic Task
Support Cards Evidence AfL Key Stage 1 example: What is Smart Science?
This pack is for teachers working with children of around 9-11 years of age. It introduces 'Smart Science' - a way of developing children's Personal Capabilities. It embeds the Personal Capabilities of teamwork, self management, creativity, problem solving and communication into science learning activities and reinforces work in thinking skills and personal, social and emotional development. The pack helps all teachers, teaching assistants, senior managers and parents or carers to help improve children's self awareness and Personal Capabilities. It is not just for Science teachers.
The pack is significant in the way that it helps schools to address key areas of the Every Child Matters, Assessment for Learning and Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning educational improvements.
The Smart Science pack builds on The Personal Capabilities™ in Science Programme, born in 1999 at the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University. This research showed that by proactively using Personal Capabilities children are increasingly scientifically capable and responsible learners. ...
The activities will help your children know more about themselves and their abilities as well as providing powerful ways to demonstrate them in science. As well as many other benefits children will have:
•improved understanding of 'how' to learn
•better learning of science
•greater motivation to learn science
•increased engagement in learning science
•improved personal responsibility when learning science. ...
Learning Science the Smart way
Smart Science incorporates learning objectives from the English Science National Curriculum. It focuses largely but not exclusively on Scientific Enquiry, developing both Ideas and Evidence and Investigative Skills. The activities enrich and broaden the scope of science learning for 9-11 year olds by using stimulating contexts. Children are challenged to think abstractly and aply their science knowledge and skills creatively in varied contexts.
Although Smart Science activities infuse the Personal Capabilities through science the skills and capabilities are generic and apply across the whole curriculum. For example, many of the generic tasks in Smart Science apply to much broader contexts and can be extended into other subject areas, as well as Circle Time, Religious Education and Personal and Social Health Education.
About the Pack
The Smart Science pack provides:
4 Smart Science Poster Sets
- to be used as display and reinforcement cards in the classroom
- 4 for Self Management
- 4 for Communication
- 4 for Teamwork
- 4 for Creativity & Problem Solving
All activities include:
- a generic Personal Capability task: to teach children about a specific Personal Capability objective as a stand-alone activity - activities appropriate for any curriculum area, Circle Time, after school clubs, PSHE, RE etc.
- a Personal Capability task embedded into science: to develop and exemplify the use of Personal Capability in science learning - activities to be used during science lessons, after school Science Clubs etc.
- ideas for assessment for learning through self, peer and teacher assessment
Using the Resource - Getting Started
How often should I use the tasks?
The ideal is to tackle one generic and one embedded task at least every half term.
When in the year are the tasks appropriate?
The tasks can be tackled at any time. Linked generic and science embedded tasks are best undertaken within the same week.
All of the tasks are context based and many encourage the use of different science ideas and concepts. Most are suitable for use in either Year 5 and 6; however teachers may choose to link them to a science topic they are covering.
How long will they take?
Generic tasks - minimum of 15-20 minutes.
Science Embedded tasks - minimum of 1 hour.
Together - a morning or afternoon session. ...
How should I use a generic task?
As an introductory activity to help the children to understand more about the Personal Capability objective.
How should I use a science embedded task?
To contextualize and put to use the Personal Capability the children have been introduced to.
To broaden and enrich science curriculum.
To support the development of Scientific Enquiry Skills.
Are the activities differentiated?
All the science embedded tasks incorporate Support Cards or suggestions for additional support. These will assist teachers in differentiating the tasks.
Smart Grids (Assessment for Learning)
Each Smart Science activity incorporates opportunities to involve the children in self and peer assessment using a Smart Grid. These encourage children to use the 'Thumbs Up' approach to review their learning against the success criteria. It extends this idea by prompting them to give reasons or examples for their choice and to consider how this will influence their learning in the future. Website
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