Session 1 Contents
1 : Introduction to Moti-Lab
a) General Usage, Philosophy and Scope
This is a quick overview of the kit and contents and how children interact with the equipment at different levels. How this style of learning can benefit all learners and the breadth of learning that can be brought about using Moti-Lab. The basics of scientific thinking and scientific inquiry are covered and how they relate to learning exercises on Moti-Lab.
b) Combining Maths and Science
To integrate Moti-Lab to its fullest, emphasis should be placed on the ability to use Moti-Lab to learn and demonstrate knowledge of mathematical concepts in a practical way. Here we help teachers get away from the idea that science and maths can only be taught as separate subjects and how integration of maths in all experiments is key to success.
c) Building Moti-Lab into Topic Work
This section shows teachers some of the more creative ways Moti-Lab can be used and how through lateral thinking standard experiments can be adapted directly into topic work to fit in with termly planning.
d) Further learning (Language, PSHE, Resilience etc)
Highlighting further learning that can be encouraged and observed whilst using Moti-Lab. Emphasis can be placed on scientific thinking and inquiry, how improving language and vocabulary can be fostered, PSHE benefits, problem solving skills and other learning highlighted.
End of experiment assessments. How to draw out the learning during the experiments and re emphasise it at the end of the experiments through active participation from the children, discussion and evidencing on the board. Photographing / filming and vox pops as assessment.
Post experiment exercises to bring in writing skills. Using other resources (existing worksheets, schemes of work) as evidence.
f) Risks (removing fear) and benefits for teachers and children
General Health and safety risks. Behavioural risks with children and averting these. Changing styles of learning / teaching and removing fear for teachers.
How Moti-Lab can deliver more time to teachers through less planning. How Moti-Lab can benefit all learning styles and particularly those not suited to class based learning. Immersive learning and deepening understanding.
a) Setting up the equipment
How to set up Moti-Lab ready for the class.
b) General features and safety
Overview of the main features of Moti-Lab, the magnetic modules, using the whiteboard for results, vocabulary and assessment, using the reservoir itself.
c) Introductory lesson with teachers
With teachers acting as the class we will run through a simple experiment this is a great way to give teachers a better idea of how children will interact with Moti-Lab and tips on recognising and drawing out different learning outcomes.
3: Digital Help
a) Website, login and lesson plans
An overview of the website, accessing the teaching resources and where to find lessons for particular learning outcomes or topics.
b) Video, social media and email support
Looking at further support provided by for teachers through social media and email, not just Moti-Lab related support but links to other useful resources. A brief look at the lessons we have filmed and how they can help planning.
c) Questionnaire (optional)
5 minute questionnaire on attitudes towards teaching science and practical maths in primary. This gives us a baseline assessment that we can look at again after a year of using Moti-Lab to see if we have been able to improve teacher confidence with science and practical maths to get an idea of the impact Moti-Lab has on provision.
4: Suggested Assignment
Task each class teacher to run at least one taster session with their class on Moti-Lab over the next 2-3 weeks.