My job for today was to 'facilitate' an online discussion of papers published as part of day 6 of the current iNet Online Conference on 'curriculum'. One of the supporting papers by the Head of Science of Fuchun Primary School in Singapore, describes how they approach teaching, or rather 'introducing' science, through stories. The subject is not taught separately in Singapore in years 1 and 2 because of their concentration on literacy and numeracy (is this how they get their incredible results on all sorts of international tests?). They have found that introducing science in this way makes students far more interested in science in the latter years. I recommend reading the article, and will post it here as the iNet publication will finally disappear. Kieran Egan's work on Teaching as Storytelling, and on the use of imagination in teaching, is germane to this idea from Singapore
and is very powerful across the curriculum, not just in the teaching of science. His idea that stories are naturally compelling, and that to devise the structure of a class in the same way as that of a story, will keep students interested (probably regardless of age!) is one that we could all bear in mind when planning our teaching... Here is a link that points to the introduction to his book.