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December 04, 2011

Science e–learning review

I had to look at Emma Young's e-learning task for this review, and here are my thoughts on it!

First of all, excellent choice of books. Almost all the boys in the year 6 class I had on PP2 were reading one of the Alex Rider series, and demand for them from the library was high! So this is my first positive: this task would really engage the boys in their learning. (Girls too, I was a massive fan of the series when I was younger. I don't mind admitting that I own them all, even the latest one!)

My second positive is the range of possible ideas presented to the children. Giving several different areas which could be investigated gives the children some clue as to the direction their experiment could go whilst still allowing them some independence. Year six is all about transition between Primary and Secondary education, and giving them this sort of sounding board to develop their own scientific experiments properly helps ease them into the changing scenario.

I have to say, it was hard to choose which two positives to write about as there were quite a few! The science behind it is well thought out and clear, and targets several areas of the curriculum too which is a bonus!

October 03, 2011


Well I've started the directed time task, and am already loving dipping into some of my old favourite books. The first of these was 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen.

Bear Hunt

It's such a fun book to read! I think it'd be perfect for a regular story time for those in Reception/Foundation stages of school. There are also some really useful resources available for free online just by googling the book. For example, I found a powerpoint presentation of the book which was available to download. The only downside to that was that it didn't use the original drawings from the book, and they are well worth keeping in an e-version of the text.

The book allows plenty of scope for action and adventure to take place in a drama setting in the classroom, which children would absolutely love. It also allows for a good exploration of phonics and of onomatopoeic language. I loved reading it again. Not sure if that says more about the book or about myself...

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