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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

Einstein

"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."
                    Einstein

 

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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.

 

Theatre in Education - Hilarious Science Shows for Schools 1

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

 

It's 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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Science shows for Scools in Devon. Looking for science shows for schools in Devon? Professor Paradox is a former research scientist who provides science shows and science workshops in Noth East Devon

Science Shows for Schools in Dorset. Looking for a science show for primary schools in Dorset? Professor Paradox provides hilarious science shows for primary schools in iSouth and West Dorset.

Science Shows for Schools in Somerset. Science shows for Key Stage 1 and key stage 2 primary school children are available in most parts of Somerset.

Science Shows for Schools in Wiltshire Ė Hiarious science shows for schools cover some areas of Wiltshire, including the following areas of Wiltshire: Bradford on Avon, Radstock, Trowbridge, Warminster, and the villages in between.

Science Shows for Schools in South West England. Science shows for primary schools are available in most parts of South West England

 

 

A Science Show for Primary Schools

Paradox Theatre presents

A show for schools and children based on the National Science Curriculum KS1 & KS2 ~

But before you read about the show, first read the reviews from schools

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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

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There is also follow up work for teachers to use in class with ideas for experiments - you can preview it here:

follow up work

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.

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 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

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This Project received support from the following:

Take Art,   Spaeda,   Arts Council England,   Somerset County Council Education Department, South Somerset District Council

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Footprints in the Sky is suitable for children with disabilities including impaired hearing, learning difficulties and autism.

The show 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

Now Available in parts of Berkshire and Surrey including Bracknell, Camberley, Farnborough, Aldershot and Guildford.

 

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"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."
             Albert Einstein

 

Project Collaborators Include:

John Lee
Theatre Director who has directed performances by Kneehigh Theatre and show at the National Theatre. Now Senior Performing Arts lecturer at Winchester University

Rupert Lovesy
Associate Advisor for Primary Science, Somerset County Council

Chris Fogg
Regional Theatre Development Officer for Arts Council England

Michael Dacre
Storyteller with Raven Tales

Fiona Collins
Storyteller, Primary School Teacher and School Governor

Tony Gee
Workshop facilitator and performing artist. Performing Arts Lecturer University of Exeter

Alice Crane
Artistic Director, Somerset Partnership for Arts in Education Development Agency

Mike Rawlinson
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 ..?