A world of investigations offered an innovative approach to investigating science using photographs.  The approach encourages children at key stages 1 and 2 to generate their own questions ... and from these to plan, carry out and evaluate investigations. 

This pack includes photographs of communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.  These were selected to encourage children to set their investigations in a global context, by asking real questions about real people. 

This turned out to be a powerful approach. As one teacher said: 

"Normally when I ask children how their science investigations relate to the real world, I'm met with a sea of blank faces.  This approach is so effective, because it starts with real experiences which we can then investigate and discuss.  There was no stopping the children!" 

Photographs offer real contexts to investigations. They raise issues facing real individuals and communities.  These photos also raise questions that encourage children to make connections between the issues they investigate from the photos and what is happening in their own society.  This approach can be used across the whole science curriculum.  It leads into a range of other curriculum areas, in particular geography, technology, English and RE

'The real strengths of the pack are the two case studies from a year 1 class and a year 6 class showing the materials in action and the high level of pupil responses.'    

Ann Childs, VSO, Science Network Newsletter

Terracing in the Himalayas, cycle rickshaws in Dhaka, making bricks in Egypt and air pollution in Chile - these are examples of the photographs in this pack.

Resource details   ISBN-13: 978-0-948838-40-8

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