Over the last two weeks, our Year 9 students have been tasked with mentoring our soon-to-be Year 7 children in the science department...
"These past couple of weeks have been terrifying, to say the least!"
Teaching younger children and to try and get some order when all you want to do is play with the experiments yourself! It was our time to be the adults.
Last week it was my job to greet the children at the top of the stairs. Clamoring and chasing they ran as fast as they could to the top, most of them were out of breath, but they’ll get used to it soon enough we said. Sweaty and panting they gave us cheeky smiles and they were all so excited to play with some horrifyingly burning acid or make some things explode.
They filed into our classrooms one by one with a awe at the octagonal treetop tables. A moment of introductions and it was time to start the experiments! We could only control the children long enough to do a brief planning session until they would not listen any more, they had to play with things.
Startled, the children were fiercely independent and they handled things quite well on their own. Our job was to just sit back, chat with them and help them when needed. The activities ranged from making bread to going down to the field and experimenting with footballs. Chemistry to Biology to Physics, the activities were creative and fun to do, we had as much fun as the Year 6s!
The next week we had a completely new set of children and we were back to square one. We had to set up a sense of authority while doing another brand new experiment that were as diverse as making bread to acids and alkalis. All the children were ready to get “stuck in” and they controlled most of the experiment. As I’m writing this report my group are calmly smashing tablets in hydrochloric acid (but don’t worry, I’m watching them…..wink wink).
We spent hours laughing and making bonds that are special, I can’t wait to see those eager faces next year in secondary and if they need any help with anything, they can come to us! I’m looking forward to mentoring the Year 6’s further in the future and not just in Science.
Georgia | YR9 Student