Another day of Giant Tours – Science Rerhearsal today and I am so pleased with how it is all going. Having spent a lot of time worrying about the ethics of taking 60 children into the ear of a giant little girl, and giving them a chance to learn about her body from the inside, we have finally cracked the problem. We have begun creating a training programme for one of our crack team of giant experts, where he and the children get to explore a mock up of her body and meet all the exciting characters inside, and all of this as part of a practice run for when Ricky the Roady has to go inside her for real to unblock a blockage.
Filled with jokes about poo, and facts about keeping our bodies healthy, it is a very exciting workshop/performance and iI am so enjoying devising it.
And I have learnt masses in the process…
Did you know that our red blood cells only live for approxiamtely 120 days, (4 months). They do all this work, racing around our bodies, carrying oxygen from our lungs and and helping us get rid of CO2. And then after all this they head of to the spleem to die. Apparently the spleem is like the graveyard of the body.
And there are hard core killer cells patroling inside us, waiting for the white blood cells to call them so they can pounce on the vile viruses and beastly bugs.
Our bodies are amazing places and doing this project is giving me such an insight into all the exciting things that are happening in there that I have previously taken for granted.
Also it is such a rich source of story material.
Stories are incredible, because through them we can engage children in areas of learning far beyond the scientific areas specified for their particular age group. Thorough story we can gain greater understanding of complex ideas well beyond our years.
Having failed in both Maths and Science at school I am constantly amazed at how exciting and dynamic I find this work when we begin to shape these subjects into story form. If we truely are to turn around education and ‘raise standards’ as politicians continually demand, then story has to take center stage in our classrooms.