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Often it's easier to link certain themes when learning a language to the rest of the school curriculum than others, and Science often seems to get missed. So here are some ideas to link KS2 language learning to what the children are doing or have recently covered. Not only does it serve to 'embed' the lessons within the rest of the curriculum so that French/German/Spansih/whatever is no longer an 'add-on' or after-thought, but it provides an opportunity to reinforce key points and do some revision, supporting children who might not have quite 'got it' the first time around and offering an extension to those that did:
- lots of freebies to print out and some make'n'do stuff too from http://www.teteamodeler.com/dossier/sciences.asp
- see unit 18 all about space and the solar system http://year5french.wikispaces.com/Unit+18+Les+Planetes very simple level which you can make more complex/simpler as appropriate to your children, includes the book 'Mimi la fourmi de l'espace' ideas and worksheets all free
-Try the Brainpop francais site with lots of great videos http://www.brainpop.fr/
- lots of science games here http://www.jeux-pour-enfants.com/sciences.htm
- Or you might want to look at a science project in English based on a French theme:
For example Louis Pasteur as part of an investigation into bacteria and microbes, The Eiffel Tower to look at forces and/or materials, Marie Curie as an inspiration to girls or Andre Ampere and electricity/circuits...?
- try Ciencia.net http://ciencianet.com/ for videos and ideas pitched at a simple level
- lots of simple worksheets and ideas from this Spanish teachers site http://www.primeraescuela.com/themesp/ciencia.htm - I particularly like the animals in the jungle with lots of simple colouring and copying
- Helen and Lisibo have uploaded their own resources for 'La comida sana' and 'Los planetas' in this forum discussion for everyone to share http://primarymfl.ning.com/profiles/blogs/738935:BlogPost:23151
For projects in English in Science with a Spanish feel try Josep Comas i Solà (1868–1937), Pedro Duque (born 1963), astronaut, Arnold of Villanova (c. 1235–1311), alchemist and physician or José de Acosta (1540–1600), one of the first naturalists of the Americas.
- Kids and Science (German) http://www.kids-and-science.de/ some online scientific fun and games
- A huge list of sources for German resources is on http://www.tryscience.org/de/parents/se_5.html
- For projects in English in Science with a German feel try this list for inspiration from Spartacus School http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/GERscientists.htm and then maybe explore some 'rocket science' linking to http://www.scientistsandfriends.com/ and of course how can you investigate forces without mentioning Albert Einstein?!
(This post was inspired by a question asked by Laura on the forum that I missed at the time - sorry!)
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