Literacy teaching ideas

28th January 2000 at 00:00
Use a thesaurus to make a list of circle words and group them into nouns (ring, wheel), verbs (cartwheel, whirl, spin) and adjectives (round, wheel-shaped). Collect up words to describe a Ferris wheel, a spinning top, or a cartwheeling acrobat. Use them to draft a short poem and write it in a circle. What makes the wheels of a bicycle go round? Bring one into class and ask children to make a labelled diagram, showing the way in which energy is transmitted from the pedals to the wheels. This could be developed into a piece of explanatory writing.

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Science

Through their work in science, "pupils are helped to understand major scientific ideas, to appreciate how these develop and contribute to technological change, and to recognise the cultural significance of science and its world-wide development." Pupils should be taught "about examples of things used in everyday life which are developed using science and technology".

Technology

Pupils should "consider the design and technology that exists both now and in the past and consider its uses and effects".


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