Gloria Barnett BA (Science), MA (Education)
Science Education Consultant, Author,
Underwater Film-maker and Master Scuba Diver
Gloria is a qualified Science Teacher and Education Consultant, with many years’ experience in training teachers and running workshops for children. She is committed to providing creative and exciting learning experiences.
These Underwater Days provide an insight into BIG ideas in science.
Pupils will discover the wonder of the underwater world, and develop their learning skills in a most amazing way.
— SCHOOL VISITS —
Underwater Days – Sample Content
KS 1 – KS 2 and Year 7 of KS3
Discover the importance of Oceans on Planet Earth
Find out why Astronaut Major Tim Peake learnt to dive before living in space
Discover basic science concepts through ‘Science of Diving’ experiments
Have fun communicating like a diver
Discover the ‘Alien’ Underwater World ….. a firm favourite
Learn about really Weird Monsters of the Sea
Original Sea Creature Story-time
‘Where Life Began’
‘Wild and Dangerous’
Biology of the Sea – Food chains and photosynthesis
Science Workshop – or Wall Art Workshop
Use Science and Technology to plan an ‘Adventure under the Sea’
‘Weird Monsters’ – Biological Adaptations ….. not to be missed !
….. and many, many more !!
– choose your own bespoke day. Discuss your pupils ability/age with Gloria and she will adjust the work to the appropriate ability level.
Contact Gloria to discuss your choices for designing your own Underwater Day.
Design your own WeirdFish Lady Day
Mix and Match activities can be chosen from any of these areas:
1) Illustrated Discussions
3) Research Adventures and
1. Illustrated Discussions
a) Ocean World
The WeirdFish Lady will introduce children to the fascinating world beneath the waves. With extra-ordinary footage filmed by Gloria herself, the children will learn about the Ocean World of Planet Earth and encounter some of the millions of different creatures that live in marine ecosystems.
b) Where Life Began
Children are taken to the Oceans of the past to see the bizarre creatures which roamed the seas millions of years ago. They will hear about everything from the very first early life forms up to the fish that eventually ‘walked’ onto land; about the time of sea ‘monsters’ and the aquatic reptiles that lived in the sea long before humans lived on land. They’ll even be able to handle fossils of ancient sea life !
c) Weird Adaptations
Creatures from the Oceans have developed amazing physical and behaviourial adaptations for survival. How have creatures managed to survive in the dark waters of the deepest Oceans? Children will be able to question the reasons for adaptations, and how marine species have adapted their own method of survival. Original film clips will be included.
Practical ‘hands on’ pupil activities which can provide rich experiences in mathematics, science, art, geography and English
a) Science Workshops
Choose from 7 different science topics. All experiments provide opportunities for National Curriculum work in Science, observation, written work and further research.
’Dive into the Underwater World’ – Science of survival in harsh marine conditions.
’Submersibles – Animals and Machines’ – experiments to show Buoyancy and Density.
‘What colour is the Sky and Sea?’ –Science of Light – what is white light?
’Oil & Water’ & ‘Bubbles in the Water’ – experiments to show environmental problems such as oil spillages, and excess carbon dioxide in the oceans.
’Volcanoes Under the Sea’ – experiments and discussions about the crust and mantle of the Earth.
’How Hurricanes Form’ – experiments and discussions on how weather is ‘created’ by the Oceans.
‘Animals who can make Light’– demonstration showing bioluminescence – discussions on its use by creatures from the deep.
b) Wall Art Workshops
Choose from: 1, Food Chains or 2. What creatures live in the sea
A clear display area will be needed for a Learning Wall
Pupils will work in teams to produce incredible information for display on a wall. Each of these Wall Art Workshops can transform your classroom into a mass of pupil produced information.
3. Research Adventures
Our WeirdFish Lady introduces the dilemmas, brings along the resources for understanding and teams will be assigned to investigate the problems. Pupils are encouraged to also use online research to prepare a presentation. Access to IT is essential.
These are learning-focused experiences which are collaborative, independent, inquiry based, problem solving and aligned to the current National Curriculum and depth of learning is adjusted to the age range.
KS1 – My adventure under the water.
Using learning guides, pupils can decide how they want to ‘visit the ocean’ – snorkel, scuba dive or submersible, then write about the details of what they need to do and what they expect to see. They have to decide how to solve their dilemmas of staying safe, looking after the sea creatures and they need to report back to others.
KS2 and Year 7 – A choice of three Research Adventure areas are available.
Pupils will follow up an enquiry or dilemma culminating in a solution. The pupils will consider a problem, conduct research and attempt to resolve a current and controversial issue affecting life in the Ocean and report back to an audience.
These Research Adventures are designed so teachers can continue with project work after our WeirdFish Lady’s visit.
Do you want the audience to be the rest of the class at the end of the day, or an assembly report to the school? Pupils could make their presentation to parents, make it part of a Science Activity Week or use the delivery as part of a Youth Speaks Competition to find a team to represent the school in a nation-wide competition. You decide !
KS1 – Sessions can end with an original story of Undersea Creatures.
KS2 – Story-time gives older children the opportunity to hear a chapter from a 9-12 year ocean adventure book, then start a story-writing exercise.
Please contact the WeirdFish Lady to discuss which of the areas you would like to include during the day. Each visit is individually designed for your pupils’ age range and to fit in with your curriculum plans. Activities can be arranged by tables around the classroom.
The Weirdfish Lady will need both the classroom teacher and a teaching assistant to be present at all times to ensure these activities are safe and the children learn accordingly.
Perfect for a one-day inclusion into your Science Week !
This can’t be possible – how can one person do all this in one day?
Well – you haven’t met our WeirdFish Lady yet – she’s a bundle of energy! it is possible to have numerous year groups or the whole school (depending on school size) experiencing this work throughout the day, as all class teachers are given the resources they need to do Ocean work with their pupils whilst the WeirdFish Lady works with individual groups throughout the day.
Start the day with a WeirdFish Lady school assembly – and feel the pulse of energy and excitement when the children go off to their classes to take part in the activities for the day.
What teachers had to say:
“The WeirdFishLady could answer all the pupils questions whether it was about deep sea monsters, or fossils from the sea. I think I learnt as much as the children. A great fun day which the children are still talking about.”Fiona, Kent
“I couldn’t believe how exciting the day was for pupils and for me. I had enough material and ideas to make our project work last for weeks, and it was so simple to add in the national curriculum targets. My pupils were delighted with their day.”Alison, Kent
What children have to say:
“I am writing to say thank you for your perfect and wonderful day here at my school. We lurnt so much on how the Lionfish is poisness and the amazing divers hand signs. I enjoyed your vidios because you where filming them and especially loved the turtal that came up to you and the fish that always says hello. THANK YOU ! All the class love you.”Alice
“I am writing to tell how fascinating your assembly was. I enjoyed the video of the octopus blending into its surrounds and trying to scare you away. In the afternoon I like when we acted out that we were underwater. Thank you again for coming to teach us about life under the sea.”May
If you want your school to have a visit from the WeirdFish Lady, then contact Gloria by email to arrange a discussion on your choices for your own special Underwater Day. Book Gloria for a visit to your school and be prepared for your pupils to get very excited.
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