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ERIC Number: EJ1001149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
Smith, Kevin
Primary Science, n125 p30-33 Nov 2012
As a science adviser, the author visits many schools and experiences many approaches to teaching and learning and the curriculum. Over the years, he has developed a very close working relationship with a very "special" school, Marjory Kinnon School, in Bedfont, Middlesex. The pupils present moderate and complex learning needs or autism, and approximately one-third come from families who speak an additional language at home. In some respects the school is no different from any other primary school, with a thematic curriculum it had already developed in literacy, numeracy, and humanities. This was based around the storybooks that were frequently used in the classroom and was already working well. The school wanted to take this positive experience and extend it by bringing in science: to use the existing themes and weave in the "science." What was needed was to get creative and match these units to the existing themes, ending up with titles such as "Craig the Crab" and "Out and about with Barnaby Bear," ensuring that science was incorporated as good practice with a range of approaches and resources that could engage and stimulate pupils. In this article, the author shares how he supported the development of a thematic science curriculum in a special school. (Contains 5 figures, 2 boxes, and 5 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom