Let's Think Science or CASE

Let’s Think Science supports the development of reasoning and problem solving from Early Years to Key Stage 3. The lessons are designed using interesting starting stimuli, to catch the attention of all learners. This concrete preparation gives the relevant knowledge and understanding such that the learners can be drawn into more challenging and surprising

problems. The teaching model involves the  careful and strategic use of group work and  whole-class teaching to stimulate the construction of new ideas. Teachers deliberately attempt to cause cognitive challenge so that children (and teachers) work in their ‘discomfort’ zone. This leads to an increased awareness and application of reasoning to prepare the mind for new learning.

All of the Let’s Think Science resources have been written following the tried and tested pedagogy of the original authors of CASE.  Michael Shayer, Philip Adey and Caroline Yates developed and researched the KS3 programme over many years and this was then extended to provide a coherent programme of lessons to support the development of scientific thinking from ages 7 to 14.

Below are two exemplar KS3 CASE lessons for you to try as well as links to all the published Let’s Think Science resources. The published resources are available for purchase, and several are offered at a discounted rate to teachers on our programmes. In fact, we strongly recommend teachers using these resources attend Let’s Think professional development in order to understand how the pedagogy relates to the lessons

If you are using CASE in Australia or New Zealand then why not get in touch with: Tim Smith (Tim Smith [email protected]), Neil Gordon ([email protected])  and Sonia Hueppauff (@shippoff1)

If you are interested in CASE, are using CASE or would like to help others and share ideas then why not join the CASE Network?

In response to the fact that many schools are both revisiting and seeking help to get started with CASE we have decided to launch a discussion group dedicated to CASE. CASE has been around for so long that we now need a flexible forum that supports new and old advocates and one that facilitates the further development and evolution of CASE.

It is envisaged that this forum will be the first port of call for those who are new to CASE and come with questions and will be a collaborative space for tips, shared practice, research and alerting people to the evidence of effectiveness and information that broadens and extends thinking beyond the Let’s Think approaches.

Please email Alan Edmiston ([email protected])  if you would like to be part of the CASE Network.

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