SHOUT ABOUT SCIENCE
In this blog we’ll be looking specifically at the way in which presentation skills are a focus in our ‘Young Ambassadors’ training days.
“The national curriculum for science reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their scientific vocabulary and articulating scientific concepts clearly and precisely. They must be assisted in making their thinking clear, both to themselves and others, and teachers should ensure that pupils build secure foundations by using discussion to probe and remedy their misconceptions.” (Key Stages 1 and 2)
As well as looking the part and knowing their stuff, an essential part of being a Young Science Ambassador is being able to communicate this science to others. We help your ambassadors to become expert science entertainers! They learn the skills required to attract an audience, keep them entertained and teach them loads of fun science facts! Our programme helps children learn the skills to communicate to groups of people of all ages so they can adapt their role to different situations.
Many a staff room conversation revolves around the feeling that as teachers we also become performers and entertainers the minute the children enter the classroom. An important element of the day’s training is specifically focused on interactive performance skills; the children involved will be the ones who go forward to enthuse fellow pupils, staff and parents – the ambassadors! Specific skills the children are taught include:
- Clear communication at an appropriate volume
- Using ‘hooks’ to encourage curiosity and engage an audience’s attention
- Energy and enthusiasm
- Contagious emotions (modelling how you want an audience to feel)
- Interaction; questions and volunteers.
So, your ambassadors are now equipped with all the skills they need to sally forward! What now? The possibilities are endless. School fair? That’s one of your stalls sorted! Stuck for an assembly? Your Young Ambassadors will entertain the troops for hours! Don’t have time to plan a lunchtime club? Just leave it in the capable hands of your new science specialists. And the list goes on … science week activities, playground busking, entertaining parents and children as they wait for parents’ evenings…
Sounds like just what your school needs? What are you waiting for? You’ll be wondering how you ever did without them!
“Great teamwork, presentation skills, new experiments, how to be funny in quiet moments on stage.”
“Enjoyed all the pop-up, easy to replicate science experiments. Great fun and really keen to enthuse the whole school.”
Find out more: http://scienceambassadors.steamworks.org.uk
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org