Get It & Get It Across: Science

A Social Language Scheme for Science

Get It and Get It Across (GIGIA) is a scheme to help pupils understand language concepts underpinning core subjects and to communicate what they’ve learned – to teachers, family and friends! It is designed for pupils aged from around 4 up to 13+. It is suitable for pupils who have moderate to severe learning needs and more able children who have specific learning/communication needs, some of whom may have been diagnosed with Developmental Language Disorder or be on the autistic spectrum. I have also designed it to appeal to pupils who have become ‘disengaged’ with learning perhaps because of emotional- behavioural problems.

GIGIA draws upon the ideas of the linguist David Crystal who identified the importance of teaching related vocabularies in sets or categories and the linking of concepts the child already knows to learn new ones. It incorporates a metacognitive approach (knowing what you know) so that pupils appreciate the purpose of activities and also conceptual links within and across themes including 'chaining' to help pupils understanding more difficult or abstract concepts; this gives them a fuller understanding of the subject as a whole.
GIGIA incorporates interactive games, picture sequences and cartoons to up the fun. Teachers can use GIGIA with individual pupils (the social component is then between teacher and pupil) but it is best taught with pupils in pairs or small groups. Each scheme includes an assessment so that you can check for gaps in the pupils' understanding and use of language for each subject and monitor their progress.

GIGIA Science covers the following themes and concepts:

 Life Processes & Living Things – Humans. Body parts out & in, body needs, processes and systems: digestion, food & nutrition, breathing,       
   circulation, urinary system, movement, senses and sensing, reproduction. Changes to the body over time: growth and development.

  Life Processes & Living Things – Other animals. Animal categorisation, needs and body processes.

 Life Processes & Living Things – Plants. Plant parts; photosynthesis

  Seasonal changes to nature; concept of temperature across seasons

  Sound and Light. Concept of pitch and loudness, concept of light and dark, transparent, translucent & opaque.

  Matter. Recognising/identifying common materials, concept of liquid, solid & gas, atoms and particles, reversible and irreversible changes
   measurement, density, concept of sinking and floating, colour and colour shades.

 Forces & Energy. Concept of a force, types of forces, how things move/change, concept of speed, electricity, gravity, how things stay still.

  Planets and the Concept of Space. Concept of Earth as a planet, other planets, position and movement of Earth in relation to Sun

Each theme is followed through to a level that is appropriate considering the pupil’s development and National guidelines.

What’s different about GIGIA? GIGIA emanates from Wendy’s earlier work Language Concepts to Access Learning and incorporates strategies from her work on organisational language/planning. Both of these schemes have been commented upon favourably by Ofsted as improving standards and they have proven effective with children who have special needs at primary and secondary school, including students who have difficulty remembering or who have struggled with more difficult Science concepts for a number of years. Baseline and on going assessment in line with teaching targets showed substantial progress maintained at the end of a two year period. Children developed their understanding and use of concepts, from concrete to abstract; word finding and planning abilities also improved. Because GIGIA focuses more on the language concepts before linking these to Scientific concepts and processes it has helped pupils with special needs understand and gain more from the practical aspects of Science and Scientific experimentation. The emphasis on interaction and communication to others reviews and extends the application of skills included in the Social Use of Language

GIGIA Science comprises the following components
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Teaching Manual and lesson records
Picture books in colour
Book of interactive focus games to start each session
Concept stories (when you buy GIGIA for primary school children)
Picture Plays (when you buy GiGIA for secondary school/college students)
Assessment Manual, Assessment Picture Book, record booklets and summary profile

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The GIGIA Science Teaching Manual explains the principles and rationale
underpinning the programme. It lists all the activities, in the order they should
be carried out for effectiveness. The manual comes with lesson plan records
for three stages of teaching:

Stage 1: Get It (comprehension of concepts and vocabulary; inference)

Stage 2: Get It & Get It Across (meaningful use of vocabulary, including word finding strategies)

Stage 3: Get It Across (pragmatic language for explaining concepts, including planning and organisational skills)

You can book an introductory online session with Wendy who will take you through the principles of the programme including some takeaway tips.

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The GIGIA Science Picture Books 1 and 2
contains over 100 pages of A4 pictures in colour.
 The pictures are used in conjunction with the activities described in the manual to introduce and check concepts.

If you would like to additionally show the pictures on a screen there is an option to buy  an encrypted PDF file at a small additional charge.

You can view some sample pictures by clicking on the adjacent picture
but please note that it’s hard to represent these books adequately
with samples!

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The GIGIA Science Focus Games Book contain fun, interactive games to focus concentration at the start of each session.

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The GIGIA Science Early Learning Concept Stories are supplied with
GIGIA when you buy it for children at primary school.
The majority of the pictures are in colour; some are black and white.
If you would like to additionally show the pictures on a screen there is an
option to buy  an encrypted PDF file at a small additional charge.

Story Titles:

The Sense Sensations

Happy Healthy Eating

Moby and Woof Go Walking (Seasonal Changes in Nature)



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The GIGIA Science Picture Plays are supplied with GIGIA when you buy it for pupils at secondary school and feature the popular characters, Jeff & Kate. It comprises around 200 A4 pictures with a cartoon text style.

The Nutrition-Know-It-All covers the concepts and conceptual links that have proved successful in enabling students to understand about digestion, nutrition and diet. The pictures are in colour.

The Sex Factor covers concepts to enable students to understand about reproduction and sexual relationships, including emotional elements. The pictures are in black and white.

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The GIGIA Science Assessment enables you to identify gaps in the pupil’s comprehension and language use/word finding and monitor effectiveness of
the GIGIA Maths teaching programme. The summary profile enables you to share findings at a glance with colleagues, pupils and parents to show the
areas you need to work on with the pupil and their progress. The picture book assessment checks the pupil’s understanding and use of language with
picture pointing and naming/explaining.

The GIGIA Science Assessment comprises:

Manual and picture book with full instructions on how to use the assessment and what to say to the pupil.

Pack of 20 record booklets including the summary profile



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