Reviews from Schools and teachers who have booked Footprints in the Sky - A Unique Science Show for Schools
Science shows for Primary Schools - An Exciting Primary School Science show for Children to get key stage 1 and key stage 2 (KS1 & KS2) kids interested in science.
Hilarious comedy theatre science shows based on the national science curriculum key stage 1 and key stage 2 (KS 1 & KS2) that aim to stimulate children's interest in science and the environment, and develop curiosity and questioning skills.
Shows to make Science Fun for Kids
The shoes are based on what children can observe about nature and the natural world, and the natural environment, rather than being technology based. The connection to the National Science Curriculum is then developed by the use of follow up material and lesson plans.
Science demonstrations and science workshops are also available following the show
Science Shows for Primary Schools are available foe schools in South West England and the West Country.
Counties in which Children's Science Shows are available include most of Devon Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset, and Parts of Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire
Shows about Science for school kids are available for primary schools in Bristol, Bath, Dorchester, Taunton, Yeovil and most of South West England. Also parts of Berkshire and the Camberley area
A Science Show for Schools
Footprints in the Sky is an award winning science show for primary schools, devised, written and performed by a former research scientist and teacher with over twenty five years professional experience of performing children's theatre - A cross curricular comic performance for primary age schoolchildren, that stimulates curiosity and interest in science, additionally linking to the arts, drama and literacy curriculum. It has now been touring successfully for seven years
"The children were utterly engaged in the performance and brilliantly entertained. As a teacher of twenty years I thought it was phenomenal - certainly one of the best things we have ever had in the school. It concluded our science week superbly, highlighting what science is all about - asking questions! Pitched perfectly - you understand what children need.
CG - Science Coordinator, Sedgemoor Manor School
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'I learned to ask lots of questions for science and it made me think because it made science sound good and funny' - Luke Age 10
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Science Show - A Brief Synopsis
The story begins, as all stories should, with our hero setting out on an adventure. He meets an old man who gives him a Book of Questions, and it is through learning how to ask good questions that he is able to acquire knowledge.
Introduction to Forces
A slapstick piece investigating the nature of different forces and their effects on objects. So how does a walking stick stand up unaided then fly through the air and whack our hapless hero on the bottom just when he bends over to pick up something that fell down due to the force of gravity?
A honking cushion, a tempestuous trumpet, and
a crazy kazoo, conspire against Will to demonstrate some of the properties
of sound: It has a source and travels through a medium and it gets quieter
as you move away from the source.
The Book of Questions now presents a riddle about air leading to a section in which experimentation brings an understanding of the buoyancy and density of the atmosphere. This develops into a colourful and balletic piece ending with a spectacular magic trick that leads into properties of rainbows, then carries us into the next section on investigative skills
An amusing optical illusion demonstrates that although you use your senses to observe, they can deceive you, thus demonstrating the need for objective measurements.
Application of what has been learned
Our hero now uses some of the information he has recently acquired about how gravity can be balanced with the buoyancy of the atmosphere to enable him to perform an entertaining trick. (In which he manages to walk with a large feather balanced on his nose).
Teachers are supplied with a pack with
classroom activities and experiments, with suggestions for how the show
might be linked to topics in the science curriculum, demonstrating that
asking good questions is a prerequisite to learning.
The show has a running time of about 70 minutes, and can be performed for audiences of up to 250 children.
It is primarily aimed at 4 - 9 year olds, although 10 and 11 year olds will enjoy it too.
An after show discussion with a smaller group can usually be included.
There is currently a reduced rate for small schools (under 120 pupils) please ask for details.
Footprints in the sky was written by Mike Rawlinson and directed by John Lee
Project Supporters include:
For more information phone Mike Rawlinson
The show is available in South and South West England including Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Avon, Wiltshire, Bristol, Bath, Blandford, Dorchester, Exeter, Poole, Salisbury, Taunton, and Everywhere in between
Now Available in parts of Berkshire and Surrey including Bracknell, Camberley, Farnborough, Aldershot and Guildford.
Primary Science Education in the Twenty First Century
It we are to successfully teach any subject to children, especially primary school kids, then the subject matter must be relevant to their lives, and be interesting and engaging.
Science is generally considered one of the more difficult subjects in primary education as it is often seen as boring or irrelevant to the lives of pupils, or they just don't get why they are having to learn it, or it seems to be dull and uninteresting.
Footprints in the sky is a theatre show that aims to overcome some of the obstacles by making science fun, interesting, and relevant to the lives of children. It isn't all about flashes and bangs as this approach can lead to false expectations, nor is it a science demonstration that is a science lesson in disguise. In this show the aim is to engage children in a narrative that gets them involved in what science is really about – developing good questioning skills, and taking an interest in the world around them. Oh and the other vitally important thing is to make it funny, and in this respect Footprints in the Sky is in a class of its own.
Children are adept at learning to use technology, better than most adults in fact, but the science behind it is a different matter. Children must first learn to develop curiosity and take an interest in the world around them, and in an age of addictive computer games this isn't always easy to instil. So what matters is to start with what interests children and take it from there into science education: Most children are interested in dinosaurs, some are fascinated with stars and planets, others want to learn all there is to know about snakes, and of course most children are interested in bodily functions.
If we begin by asking questions, we can take this interest further. For example learning about the diet of dinosaurs takes us into plants and botany, and how things grow, which takes us via photosynthesis to learning about the sun and the atmosphere. And of course we need to know what dinosaurs drink from which we learn about water and then what happens to the water after they have drunk it, and before we know it we are into climate and weather (not to mention the fact that we are all drinking the same water that was once dinosaur pee!) so we learn about climate, and climate change and the atmosphere. Before we know it children are learning about gasses, and liquids and solids, properties of materials, and reversible and irreversible changes. And of course animals need to move to obtain food (and to avoid being eaten) and that requires energy from food and water, and we are learning more about life processes, and of course in order to move, muscles and limbs apply a force and forces is a whole new big topic to engage children's interest. And what sort of noises do dinosaurs make? And suddenly we are dealing with the properties of sound, and how it moves through the air, and we are back to air again, and so the journey continues, and almost the whole science curriculum can be fitted in to a question about a prehistoric animal.
This science show isn't actually about dinosaurs, mainly because I don't have a pet dinosaur to bring along. Instead it uses the immediacy of clowning and physical theatre to engage children in subjects as diverse as physics, forces, and the essential understanding of the properties of sound and how that relates to rude noises!
Science is fascinating and engaging and children love it if it is taught in a way that captures their interest and imagination, and above all, makes them laugh.
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Science Show for Schools - More Information
Recent performances include Sampford Peverell C of E Primary School, Wilcombe Primary School, and Sidbury C of E Primary School, all part of the East Devon Schools Federation. The show was a huge success with staff and pupils
The educational work is slowing down now as we prepare for the Christmas season where once again, the ever popular Christmas Show is in great demand.
Touring will resume in January and the show will have some new additions so watch this space ...