Playful Approaches to Science: Fair Testing Tracey Regan – Stranmillis University College.
The concept of fair testing was introduced using a combination of role play and ICT (wiki). The children are introduced to Santa’s head elf (‘Superelf’ the teacher). Using the scenario that Santa and his elves are sick and there is a backlog of toys that need to be made. Santa sends audio messages to the children which are then implemented by Superelf.
This poster describes a scheme of work based upon the topic of toys and how the concept of fair testing was introduced.
Opportunities for sorting and classifying materials in order to carry out a fair test. Using the child’s prior knowledge to encourage the individual child’s creativity and imagination (CCEA 2007).
Examples of cross curricularity and pupil engagement:
Time should also be given to the all important tea break!
Bronström. S., (1996) Frame play with 6 year old children. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 4:1, 89-102.
CCEA (2007) Northern Ireland Curriculum. Belfast. CCEA.
Using their fine motor skills to test their product.
Whilst encouraging their literacy and communication skills to decide on a design for their teddy. The children were using their thinking and personal capability skills to decide which teddy was the softest and which teddy was the hardest.
After a class vote – The Winner!!