Tara Mawby, Primary Science Consultant
Primary Science, Sept/Oct 2009
'This series of resources [Six Minute Science (Years 3,4,5,6)], which is part of the Ginn New Star Science scheme, contains simple, but catchy experiments that can help to set the scene for a topic or to create a challenge for pupils... The activities themselves help to promote thinking and scientific discussion; they not only illustrate some science, but also a context in which it might happen in real life, with extension ideas too. For example, in the year 5 book, one of the 5E activities (QCA Earth, Sun and Moon) sets a challenge about eating against gravity, by hanging upside down. The thinking side of questions whether there are any bodily functions that might be influenced by gravity. This I can see being of particular fascination to children! As a busy teacher and consultant, I have found these books incredibly useful. I can find something very quickly that will fascinate most of the adults and children I work with, and get that all-important scientific discussion going.'