This project is based on what a person sees any day on a visit to the countryside, and the changes that take place with the seasons. Pupils go for nature walks, list what they see and they use this list as the basis for further study. Some games and worksheets (with links) are included on the site. All worksheets are based on the children’s own experiences, and the idea is that any experiment can be replicated anywhere in the world where similar methods/materials are employed All worksheets contain links to other suitable sites. This heuristic, hands-on method is suitable for all children, but especially for those who may be unable to bank abstract concepts in their minds, and the emphasis is on verbal descriptions, later followed by the textual representation of same. In so far as possible, all five senses are used to acquire knowledge, and the textual/visual/verbal representation (or all three)!
Primary English, SESE Environmental and Art. The material in the project addresses the English Language, Visual Arts and the SESE programmes, through viewing the objects, describing them verbally/visually/textually in an interesting way, suitable for children of mixed ability.
What You Need
Children between 9 and 12-year should find this interesting and open-ended enough to be stimulating, but not too demanding for those less able.
Teachers can use this site as a stimulus to get children write about ordinary everyday things, and to do some experiments using same. “A picture paints a thousand words” – the children take photographs of everyday things using a digital camera, and these are displayed along with the child’s words, some of which are newly-acquired. Sometimes we can neglect the ordinary, and this is a great pity.
- November 19, 2010