Before we take up the issue of teaching biology in primary school, let us understand its place in the primary curriculum. At the primary level, children need to develop three kinds of academic skills.
Very often ecology is taught superficially and through dry classroom lectures as indeed is the case in most biology courses.
Teaching science is an art… the more creative and artistic a teacher is, the easier it is to draw a child into the realms of life science learning.
Microbiology is the study of organisms too small to be seen clearly by the unaided human eye. They are less than one millimeter in diameter and must be examined with a microscope.
Proteins, Proteins, Proteins – why are proteins so important? Why is such importance given to the intake of proteins by human beings?
In an era where children, parents and educators have easy access to descriptions of nature via multimedia technology and superb audiovisual documentation, the role of direct observation and sense-based learning as vital processes for the brain, seems to be increasingly in retreat.
In the past, the identification of plants and learning their names was probably a fun and interesting activity and not something considered a burden.
B R Sitaram
In recent years, there have been extensive discussions in all circles about the artificial divisions made between various branches of study.
Puppetry is an ancient art whose antiquity can be established through old scriptures. It was perhaps the primitive urge of men to create life-like movement through figures, which later developed into a theatre form, incorporating elements of all art forms.
Children by nature are curious about animals and other life forms. But, when they enter the biology classroom, the tyranny of the textbook takes over.