How to make primary pupils curious about science

Could ‘concept cartoons’ that provide possible alternatives to reality plus a simple questioning strategy be used to boost reasoning and curiosity among Year 5 pupils? Science teacher Callum Woolman put his strategy to the test

Can cartoons help to engage pupils in science lessons?

The snowman is at the centre of a circle of children and they are trying to work out whether putting a coat on him is a good idea.

One child says: “Don’t put the coat on the snowman – it will melt him.”

Another replies: “It will keep him cold and stop him melting.”

And finally, one child takes the middle option: “I don’t think the coat will make any difference.”

No, this is not an off-the-cuff primary science lesson in the snow – it’s a concept cartoon by Stuart Naylor and Brenda Keogh. In each of their cartoons, children explain a scientific phenomenon: one offers the scientifically ...

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