Get excited for the Great Science Share for Schools!
This year’s Great Science Share for Schools is all about sustainability. It falls on 16th June and we've got a great variety of activities to help you make the most of it!
16th June, 2020 marks the 5th anniversary of the Great Science Share for Schools – a national campaign to inspire children to ask scientific questions and communicate their investigations with new audiences. It’s all about celebrating the scientific and creative process of working scientifically, which we at Explorify are passionate about supporting.
To help you make the most of the Great Science Share for Schools we’ve put together a selection of activities that are guaranteed to get your children asking questions and sharing ideas about global sustainability for you to do in the week leading up to the big day! Together, you’ll learn all about sustainability, and engage in fun activities focused on discussion, questioning and reasoning. By the end of the week, you will have so much learning to share.
Do as many or as few of the activities in the lead up to the Great Science Share for Schools as you can fit in – even if you manage just a few you’ll get a great introduction to this year’s theme!
Seeds of life: A great start to this sustainability-centred week! Use this Odd One Out to encourage your children to think about where their food comes from.
Rich pickings: Using this What’s Going On? video you can spark a discussion about where different food grows and how growing food is an important part of creating a sustainable future.
What if we did not plant trees? Engage your children with this challenging question about the vital role trees play in the world.
Make a plant self-watering device: Let children link what they have already discussed in the first 3 activities to use recycled materials to make a device that will water a plant all by itself. They could even use one of the seeds they discussed in the first Odd One Out!
Take your turn: Use this Odd One Out to introduce your class to the idea of renewable sources of energy. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of renewable energy and other sustainable sources.
Power up: Continue the discussion of renewable energy with this Zoom In Zoom Out of the solar panels on the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ExoMars rover.
What if all transport was electric? Have a discussion with your class about what impact electric transport will have on the world.
How could you measure the benefits of walking? An opportunity to plan a fun investigation together with your class about why walking is good for you.
How would you travel around the globe without flying? A Big Question that will challenge your children to link their learning about sustainability and think about other ways of travelling. Does their plan consider the environmental impact of global travel? The previous activities will have really got their brains buzzing!
So, now all you have to do is think of an audience to share your learning with…
Using these activities for the Great Science Share for Schools is a fantastic introduction to the benefits of Explorify. Come September you will have a great resource up your sleeve! Changing year groups? Not to worry, Explorify is designed to support science teaching and learning throughout Key Stage 1 and 2.
Still got questions about the Great Science Share for Schools? Register for the event on Eventbrite to find out more. Explore the handy resources on the Great Science Share for Schools website, or read the ABC of running a great event.
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