Fake Science: A Unit for Examination of Science in the Media

The media is all around us, and informs our opinions and impressions of the world every day. This is especially true for science reporting, and children should know how to regard media representations of scientific discoveries, theories and public information with a critical eye. This sequence of lessons aims to facilitate pupils’ deeper engagement with such content.

This poster will be presented at the RSE Conference on Interdisciplinary Learning in January.

Featured Image © NASA 1969, modified with original photo © Nick Hood 2011

Sustainability of Vanilla

Vanilla is one of the most common and powerful ingredients found in many sweet treats worldwide, however, the story of its production is anything but vanilla! Being the second most expensive spice in the world after saffron; per kilo vanilla has a value greater than that of silver, which isn’t helped by the fact 80% of the world’s vanilla supply is grown by one island nation – Madagascar. During this unit of work, pupils will use a variety of interdisciplinary learning to understand the below topics of interest related to the overall sustainability of this fascinating orchid.

This poster will be presented at the RSE Conference on Interdisciplinary Learning in January.

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Sustainable Food

This unit of work is designed to provide pupils with information on where their food comes from and how we can produce food for a sustainable future. Pupils will undertake a wide variety of activities to enhance their understanding of the topic and to develop valuable life skills. The topic will use active learning though discussion and outdoor learning to enable the pupils to develop a deeper and more personal understanding of the unit.

Pupils will also use enquiry skills to evaluate their own diets to lead them towards healthier life choices. Pupils will look at the local community and how the surrounding area has in the past provided sustainable food sources as well as how it can do this in the future. In this unit questioning will be used to guide and support topical discussions such as a debate on GM crops. Through this pupils will develop a wide range of skills relating to literacy, health and wellbeing and science. The topic will be linked to information that has been previously covered by other subject areas as well as topics yet to be covered in other subjects to provide an interdisciplinary experience for the pupils.

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