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Keith’s Corner: Entry 23: Science

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It is great to get kids enthusiastic about science from a young age and there is no better way than through fun experiments. In this diary entry, Keith shows how to incorporate science into children’s learning so that they can learn through doing, a crucial concept at Anglia School!

Incorporating science into the curriculum

No matter what topic you’re focusing on, you can bring science into the equation. It can be just as easily incorporated into lessons as arts and crafts.

We recently studied the theme of transportation and did a few science experiments along the way. One that particularly stood out was that of creating a steamboat.

Here is what each group of children needs to conduct this experiment:

  • a large bowl (half-full of water)

  • a syringe

  • an egg

  • four nails

  • some polystyrene in the shape of a raft

  • a tealight

  • a match

  • some modelling clay.

We placed the items on a tray in front of the kids. We asked them if they knew what each item was called and what it could be used for.

Next, we had to extract the insides of the egg. We showed the kids one way to do this, which is by making two holes in the egg. You make one hole on each protruding end, one being slightly bigger than the other. Then, you blow through the smaller hole until the egg is completely empty. The children found this part most amusing!

Next, the candle is placed on the polystyrene and four nails are inserted around it. Using the syringe, spray water into the hollow egg and place it on its side on top of the four nails. Cover the larger hole in the egg with modelling clay. Then, the raft with egg-on-nails goes into the bowl of water. Using the match, light the candle and watch as, slowly but surely, steam starts coming out of the small hole in the egg and the boat moves along.

One thing the pupils have learned from all our science experiments is the importance of not giving up. At first, they would get disheartened whenever an experiment didn’t work out as planned. We would tell them to keep trying. After all, trial and error is what science is all about!

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