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ERIC Number: EJ933523
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Taking Science Home in a Box
Qualter, Anne
Primary Science Review, n90 p22-24 Nov-Dec 2005
It is amazing how many interesting projects are going on in schools that nobody else knows much about. Teachers in St Peters Primary School have, over recent years, been involved in projects on emotional intelligence and in particular have developed a special interest in the use of puppets and role-play in their teaching. A concern to ensure a fully rounded education for the children led to a review of the curriculum and the introduction of a topic-based approach to curriculum planning. On a visit to a beacon school in a less advantaged area, these teachers had been impressed by the school's very successful resource boxes, developed for children to take home to share with their parents. These boxes were being used to encourage parents to work with their children to develop their literacy skills. St Peter's staff felt that they would like to use the idea, but as a means to engage parents in learning which, although linked to literacy and the school curriculum, focused on children and parents having fun learning together. Once the idea was formed it took the teachers of St Peter's a whole year to raise funds and to make the big "role-play boxes" aimed at parents and children from reception to year 2 (5-7 year-olds). In this article, the author describes the use of role-play boxes to provide young children and their parents with cross-curricular experiences of the appliance of science. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom