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Science in the Primary School
Transcript of Science in the Primary School
Tillie Parkman, Christopher Prior,
Emily Quinn and Fiona Robertson
in the Primary School Curriculum
The importance of
The importance of
Science is magic!
and working scientifically
can be woven throughout
The entire school curriculum
What does working scientifically actually mean?
How is it important for learning?
What is a misconception?
How do they arise?
Children are constantly observing the world around them and making their own ideas of how it all works.
They fit these ideas
An idea or explanation
of science that is
Ideas are introduced
that are completely
foreign to them.
Can a misconception be corrected?
But it can be met with resistance!
The first step is to establish
There are a number of ways to do this...
Evidence doesn't support theory?
Once you have discovered the misconception, it needs to be corrected.
What is this
"Light pokes you in the eye,
or I will!"
They had to move the
mirror to 'see' an object
What is a material?
"Something that is used to make clothes and buildings."
It is something made from matter.
Why do we have to eat food?
"To give us energy."
Different types of food are needed for a whole
variety of reasons!
How do seeds germinate?
"They need light."
Seeds don't need light to 'germinate' - they're under the soil when that happens!
Can sound be stopped?
"Sound can't travel
Yes it can!
Why do we have night and day?
"The Sun moves around the Earth."
The Earth moves
around the Sun.
Why do giraffes have long necks?
"Because their ancestors' necks
got longer as they stretched to
reach leaves high in the trees."
Their necks were already long, they were just better suited to survive than giraffes with short necks so passed this on to the next generation.
How it fits into our curriculum.
Experience vs Experimentation
Our observations are often flawed or incomplete!
Humans are hardwired to learn via experience.
Cross Curricular Skills
Generally, one of the core subjects in a school's curriculum
A key area in which a child's knowledge is developed
It involves a vast number of topics
So why is it important??
Exploration of the individual's mind
ALL aspects have relative importance.
The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observations and experiments.
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