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Year 8 Carbon Cycle

posted 17 Nov 2017, 03:30 by Tim Williams   [ updated 17 Nov 2017, 03:31 ]
The carbon cycle has been brought alive in lessons through model-making.
Year 8 students have been getting practical in their science lessons at Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, by making 3D models.
Science teacher Shanaz Wahid Ahmed said: “Part of the new Key Stage 3 content is to cover the earth’s climate. Since most students have covered global warming and greenhouse gases in Year 6 and 7, I focused on the causes of climate change and affect which lead onto the carbon cycle. “With the many challenges teachers face, particularly teaching complex science to students with English as an additional language or those with special educational needs, I wanted to find a way of breaking the lessons down and making learning more independent and creative. 
Students in my classes learn and engage with lessons which are visual and with models, so I got students working on creating their own carbon cycle models with stories to describe and explain the cycle.
“The aim was to engage and enthuse the students and break down complex information using visual and kinaesthetic models.”