Rainbow adds drama to science

29th April 2005 at 01:00
I have recently introduced drama into my Year 1 science by trialling a series of mini-dramas. A recent one was during the topic "Light and Colour".

A length of grey chiffon helped us play townspeople who woke up one day to a world that had turned grey. In our story, everyone was so worried that the mayor called a meeting to discuss what to do. We talked about why we would like to have certain colours back - red to make us feel warm, yellow to feel happy, green for the grass and trees, and blue for water. We wanted colourful flowers, clothes and food.

Then a bag dropped out of the sky. What should we do now? Should we open it?

We sat in a circle and talked about what might happen, and although many of the children were content to think the colours would return, some were worried that even the grey might disappear and everything become transparent.

Eventually, we decided to open the bag, and out came a rainbow - an easily constructed strip of coloured chiffon made by sewing together seven two-metre lengths - enough to stretch around the whole class. "Wow!"

chorused the children, as each new colour unfolded from the bag. Gently swaying and singing a rainbow song finished off our colour drama.

The children are still talking about it and asking to repeat it. They enjoyed it so much they didn't realise just how much science they had encountered - colours, light, dark, materials, rainbows.

Caroline Palmer Year 1 class teacher and science advanced skills teacher, St Clement's and St John's Infant School, Bournemouth

* See next week's free poster in Teacher on colour and rainbows

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