By Ali Gregory (Science)
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What I did:
I have continued a project which I began last year using 3D printed models to assist in memorising an entire topic within the Science curriculum. The topic is divided into 8 sections, and each section has an associated symbol or model. For example the nervous system which covers the structure of the nerve, the eye, accommodation and the reflex arc is modelled by a pair of glasses. Other models used in the study have included a cross section through an artery, a DNA double helix and an apple.
Feedback from pupils has been positive, some have managed to successfully compartmentalise the entire unit into the 8 symbols.
What you should consider if you want to do this:
Think carefully about the symbols – they need to be specific enough for students to remember one thing, whilst still be an every day object that all pupils can identify with.
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