Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

My Best Lesson - A Race to Learn How Our Bodies Function

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

My Best Lesson - A Race to Learn How Our Bodies Function

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The lesson I always enjoy is about body awareness. The children, who are aged 4-5, usually work on the topic of the body for three weeks and, in the last lesson, they have to apply all the understanding and knowledge they have acquired. By body awareness, I am referring to whether students can name parts of the body and whether they know how each part moves and what its function is.

The children start by lining up behind a cone in two teams. I explain the rules of the game: this will be a relay race to draw a life-size picture of the human body, using their own bodies as a template.

A teaching assistant and I each place ourselves at the head of a team, with a large sheet of paper and a pen. On my call, the first student in each team has to run towards us. As I call out the name of a body part, the child has to lie on the sheet of paper and point to that part. If they are correct then the teaching assistant or I draw around that body part. If not, the child returns to their team. …

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