Science Shows for
KS1 & KS2
Science Shows for Schools:
Shows for primary schools related to science and the environment,
suitable for schools, theatres, and science events for key stage 1 and
key stage 2 children
Resources and ideas for teaching science to primary school children
Footprints in the Sky is a funny but informative theatre
show based on the national science curriculum key stage 1 and key stage 2
(KS1 & KS2).
ďIt is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.Ē
"Actually on the whole curiosity doesn't survive most formal education"
William B Curious
"The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing."
Science shows for kids
Footprints in the Sky is a funny but informative theatre show based
on the national science curriculum key stage 1 and key stage 2
(KS1 & KS2).
Running time is about 70 minutes and it can be performed
to audiences of up to 250 children with an age range of 4 - 11
It is unique in that it isn't a science demonstration or
a science lesson, and it doesn't even try to teach a lot of science.
The aim is to help children to develop curiosity and questioning skills
about the natural world and so develop their interest in science.
Here Will investigates the properties of sound. it isn't
very tuneful, in fact it sounds more like something do do with life
processes and digestion, but its very funny and we learn that sound has a
source and it travels through a medium
Now this is a magic trick and it is
going to go wrong and somebody's going to get
wet. Will it be one of the teachers......?
A practical introduction to the water cycle
amazing how a walking stick, a chair and a suitcase can come to life to
create great comedy, a whack on the bum (for William), a demonstration of
gravity, and an understanding of forces in action. Ouch!
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A show for schools
based on the National Science Curriculum KS1 & KS2 ~
But before you read about the show, first read the reviews from schools
Background to Footprints in the Sky
It's not difficult to do spectacular tricks with fire and explosions, and
there is no doubt that this gets children excited for a short time, but
this can give a wrong impression of what science is really about, which is
developing a spirit of enquiry and curiosity about the world.
Footprints in the Sky is the result of a collaboration between a former
research scientist, a children's theatre performer, a storyteller, a
theatre director, and a science teacher, and it has now been touring for
over seven years.
Shows are normally performed to the
whole school and are suitable for children aged 4 - 11 and teachers!
The aim is to teach children how to ask good questions, how to become
curious, and how to develop an enquiring mind, which are the true
prerequisites to stimulating interest in science.
Footprints in the Sky isn't a science demonstration or even a science lesson - it is a
theatre performance (a very funny one) and the fact that it is even about
science is not revealed until the very end of the show. It isn't like
anything else you might have come across, so what is the show about?
Combining slapstick, storytelling, magic, clowning, and audience
participation, this is a story of a quest that subtly introduces
scientific concepts, without ever referring to science directly.
It starts and ends with asking questions, and the
discovery that good questions lead to more questions. The narrative of the
show is driven by a book of questions in which the hero of the tale is
inspired to find out more about the world around him.
Why do a fern head and a snail shell
have similar spiral patterns even though one is a plant and the
other is a house built by a small slimy creature?
The story begins long long ago, in the days of old, when Will was young
and when schools were horrid and the favourite occupation of teachers was
cruelty and nastiness, particularly beating children, and children
certainly weren't allowed to ask questions.
Will sets off on an adventure that takes him on a
hilarious romp through much of the science curriculum KS1 and KS2. He
wants to find out why slugs are slimy, why grasshoppers creak, why birds
don't fall out of the sky, why fish don't drown in the sea, why nettles
sting, why dirty feet pong, and just about everything else you could think of.
He meets some interesting characters along the way: Mr
Willy-why-when-what-where-how-who, a curious little fellow who lives up a
mountain, smells like old fish, and knows the answer to just about
everything (but wonít tell you). And thereís Harry Stottle, an old Geek
(or is that Greek) fellow, who asks lots of questions and decides that
there are seven colours in a rainbow. An idea developed further by none
less than Sir Isaac Newton, who defined the colours of the rainbow that we
know today. In fact they were both wrong - details at the end!.
Mr Willy-why-when-what-where-how-who gives Will a Book of Questions
that he takes with him everywhere, finding new questions and riddles to
solve as he goes along. The narrative of the show is driven by the book of
questions, and the adventure becomes a journey of discovery.
As the show unfolds, Will is whacked several times on the bottom by a
flying walking stick as he learns about forces; he discovers the
properties of sound with a battered trumpet that he can't play very well;
there are riddles to solve, and interesting things like buoyancy and properties of light are
revealed. The finale is a very funny piece in which a magic trick goes
wrong and Will gets rather wet and learns about the water cycle. For a
full synopsis click the link below
There is also follow up work for teachers to use in class
with ideas for experiments - you can preview it here:
The show can be performed for audiences of up to 250 children with an
age range of 4 - 11. Running time is about 70 minutes, get-in time is
about an hour, clear out about forty minutes. It is usually possible to
include a follow up session with one class in which the ideas of asking
good questions can be developed. Prices are reasonable and it is sometimes
possible to allow a discount for small schools.
And as for the colours in the rainbow? It started with Aristotle
who thought that there should be seven, as there were seven notes in a
musical scale. At that time the Greeks used the same word for blue, light
green, yellow and grey, and the rainbow was seen as a series of hues
rather than colours. It was Newton who came up with the Red,
Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet that we all take for granted
today. But Indigo isnít a colour, itís a
shade of blue, so there are actually only six principal colours, three
primary (Red, yellow and blue), and three secondary (orange, green and
purple). If we count all the
shades in between, there are thousands of colours in a rainbow. But the
idea of seven colours is simply wrong. Itís
always good to question existing knowledge that we take for granted!
Fascination, wonder, and above all
laughter as children learn without even realising it
This Project received support from the following:
Take Art, Spaeda, Arts Council England,
Somerset County Council Education Department, South Somerset District
Footprints in the Sky is suitable for children with disabilities including
impaired hearing, learning difficulties and autism.
is currently available in South and South West England including Cornwall, Devon,
Somerset, Avon, Wiltshire, Bristol, Bath, Blandford, Dorchester,
Exeter, Poole, Salisbury, Taunton, and Everywhere in between
Available in parts of Berkshire and Surrey including Bracknell, Camberley,
Farnborough, Aldershot and Guildford.
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reviews from schools
reviews by children
follow up work
"I have no special
talents. I am only passionately curious."
Theatre Director who has directed
performances by Kneehigh Theatre and show at the National Theatre.
Now Senior Performing Arts lecturer at Winchester University
Associate Advisor for Primary Science,
Somerset County Council
Regional Theatre Development Officer for Arts Council
Storyteller with Raven Tales
Storyteller, Primary School Teacher and School Governor
Workshop facilitator and performing artist. Performing Arts
Lecturer University of Exeter
Artistic Director, Somerset Partnership for Arts in
Education Development Agency
Former research scientist and teacher. Performing artist.
"A curious person will never be bored"
Will B Curious
The Book of Questions that Will takes with him
on his travels
"The more curious you are, the more interesting your lives will be
Will B Curious - The last line of the show
Craters of the moon or the seeds of a dandelion?
Why do leaves change into such lovely
colours before they fall off the tree and why do they fall off and
why do trees have leaves anyway ..?