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Dramatic Science for KS 1 Report on an innovative project funded by Astra Zeneca. ASE : January 2011 Friday 7 th Jan : 11.30 – 12.30 : HUMSS 126 Dr D.

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1 Dramatic Science for KS 1 Report on an innovative project funded by Astra Zeneca. ASE : January 2011 Friday 7 th Jan : – : HUMSS 126 Dr D. McGregor (University of Wolverhampton) Dr W. Precious (Staffordshire LA)

2 Aims of the talk Introduce and outline the AZ project Introduce and outline the AZ project Introduce you to the ‘Drama’ techniques Introduce you to the ‘Drama’ techniques Enable you to appreciate the drama techniques Enable you to appreciate the drama techniques Reflect about where the techniques may be best used Reflect about where the techniques may be best used Consider the application of dramatic science to teach concepts! Consider the application of dramatic science to teach concepts!

3 Background to the project The need for more active, engaging, participatory and exciting science learning Where has the third core subject gone (Blank 2008)? Many children experience rather limited, somewhat unexciting, but safe transmission of appropriate science knowledge (Pollard et al, 2000; Reay & Wiliam, 1999) “Children and teachers are increasingly turned off science as it becomes a content-led, vocabulary-heavy subject where personal curiosity is thwarted and opportunities for children to develop investigative, questioning and thinking skills are limited” (Alexander & Flutter 2009 : 28)

4 Outline of the approach The 8 different approaches : On the table On the table Spontaneous role play Spontaneous role play Hot Seating Hot Seating Mind movies Mind movies Miming movement & Miming movement & Freeze frame Freeze frame Modeling Modeling Mini-historical plays Mini-historical plays

5 On the table Observe carefully Observe carefully What does it seem to be? What does it seem to be? Why do you think it might be this? Why do you think it might be this? Keep watching do you change your mind? Keep watching do you change your mind? Why? Why? Reflection : What kinds of scientific skills are being developed through this technique? Reflection : What kinds of scientific skills are being developed through this technique?

6 Spontaneous role play You are in the toy shop – there are games, soft toys, DVDs, sports equipment, etc…. You are in the toy shop – there are games, soft toys, DVDs, sports equipment, etc…. You have to buy a present for : You have to buy a present for : Your baby sister Your baby sister Your eight year old brother Your eight year old brother Your teenage cousin Your teenage cousin There are three of you (Mum, sister & brother) There are three of you (Mum, sister & brother) Discuss what your character would advise about which toy to buy and why. Discuss what your character would advise about which toy to buy and why. You must discuss safety, the materials the toy is made of and how it works before you decide what is best. You must discuss safety, the materials the toy is made of and how it works before you decide what is best.

7 Miming Movement & Freeze frame You are in the toy shop – the clock chimes midnight…all the toys come alive…….think about which you might be…..and be ready to mime its movement. You are in the toy shop – the clock chimes midnight…all the toys come alive…….think about which you might be…..and be ready to mime its movement. Rehearse your movement Rehearse your movement Be ready to show Be ready to show Which toy is being represented? Which toy is being represented? Why did you think that? Why did you think that? How do you know? How do you know?

8 Mind Movie, MHP & Hot Seating In small groups (practice with the narrative) In small groups (practice with the narrative) The Harbutt story The Harbutt story Characters : Will Harbutt (born 1844 in Newcastle upon Tyne) Characters : Will Harbutt (born 1844 in Newcastle upon Tyne) Old Soldier : Williams helper Old Soldier : Williams helper William’s daughter : Olive William’s daughter : Olive In the hot seat: In the hot seat: William Harbutt William Harbutt Olive Harbutt Olive Harbutt Old Soldier Old Soldier

9 Modeling You are a ball of plasticine…what happens? You are a ball of plasticine…what happens? Dropped on floor Dropped on floor Dropped in bucket half full of water Dropped in bucket half full of water Bucket filled with water Bucket filled with water Reflection point: Reflection point: How does this strategy help you teach science? How does this strategy help you teach science?

10 Achievements The aim and objectives of the project : Improve teacher’s knowledge and understanding of science (at KS 1) through development of these Dramatic Science materials. Support the development of scientific understanding of and about teaching science at KS 1. Increase children’s interest in and understanding of science at KS 1. Design and produce at least 45 interactive, inclusive, engaging and thought provoking activities that help teachers teach and children learn science through drama at KS 1. Evaluate the effectiveness of varied forms of drama that engage children in learning Develop a useful and sustainable form of teaching science that is appropriate to share more widely (even internationally) with environmentally aware communities.

11 Some Findings 1 The Teachers’ Learning Story 1. Recognising and realising opportunities 2. Drama can provide revelations! 3. Succeeding despite the challenges 4. Becoming more confident and creative 5. The finale

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15 Evaluating the impact Reflective journals Reflective journals Evaluation of the workshops Evaluation of the workshops Any questions? Any questions? Thank you for listening Thank you for listening If you would like to know more please contact us : If you would like to know more please contact us :


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