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Teaching using Magenta principles

Posted on: 21 Apr 2016 by Weston Green School | Category: Key Stage 2, Year 4

Teaching using Magenta principles

In school at the moment, we are having a big focus on how to teach lessons in different and cross-curricular ways, using a set of principles know as the Magenta principles. It's all about getting children to talk and do; how can the children interact with information that they are given to remember it and use it in interesting ways? 

As an example, in science we have been looking at paintings to see if we can spot any scientific ideas in them, and also thinking about the jobs and thoughts of characters in the picture. Following a science experiment looking at the buoyancy of an orange, some of the Year 4 children had to write up the experiment, but convey it through a short story about an orange who floats, but needs to be able to sink to retrieve something from the bottom of a pool, pond, or similar. They had to discuss the different scientific elements to display their understanding, which was very amusing to read and very successful! The children have been encouraged to think more widely about the content of their lessons and how this could have an effect in other areas. For example, what would the world be like now without science? 

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