Why on earth?

an approach to science with a global dimension at key stage 2

This handbook was written by a group of teachers with an interest in developing a global perspective to science at key stage 2.  It was published in 1991 following a range of work responding to, and making use of, new pressures to improve science provision in Primary Schools. 

Margaret Barnfield, who led the project, reflected on the experience in an interview in The Elephant Times [Issue 4 April 2021]

Why on Earth? shows how children's scientific investigations can be rooted in what is going on in the world around them. It provides a framework for planning which builds on children's knowledge and interests. It illustrates how children's investigations can help them to explore issues.

Why on earth? suggests how science can help to challenge attitudes and assumptions about lifestyles different from the children's own. 

Why on earth? offers strategies for developing an open-ended active learning approach which starts from the children's experience. It em­phasises the development of skills and the exploration of attitudes as well as building children's knowledge. 

Why on earth? suggests practical ideas through four themes; Shelter, Food preservation, Soil and Energy. Each contains activities, investi­gations and resources to support a global dimension.  

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