Special Educational Needs and Disabilities ideas

Demo Day is one amazing day to fire the curiosity of all students with something new, whatever their needs.

 To ensure that students with special educational need and disabilities get the most from the day, Dr Sarah Bearchell of Sarah’s Adventures in Science has this invaluable top 10:

  1. Keep class groupings the same if you can, as SEND students tend to be more comfortable in their own environment
  2. Use clues such as equipment and pictures to signal that you’re doing science. Wearing a white coat is a strong clue, but may scare some children so approach with caution
  3. Incorporate hands-on activity with the demo. Make it simple and multi-sensory so all children can learn by doing
  4. Be aware that loud noises, flashing lights, tastes and smells are a problem for some children
  5. Make the demo cross-curricular by adding countdowns, shape identification and new scientific language
  6. Ask your students to describe what they see
  7. Repeat technical language and ask students to repeat it back to you. Research relevant signs
  8. Consider arranging the chairs in a horseshoe so that students are clear where they need to focus their attention, and have space to leave if they need to
  9. Cater for the possibility of shorter attention spans by doing a demo that grabs attention from the get-go. It should last no more than 10 minutes for younger children and 20 to 25 for older ones
  10. Repeat the demo, either the same day or the day after to allow students to build on their knowledge

Take a look at our other tips and resources to help you make the most of your Demo Day.