Galileo: A room out of time – Rhinegold Publishing

Galileo: A room out of time


This scheme of work combines science and philosophy to give students the tools to assess the world around them and think critically about what they are told, and what they experience. In this scheme, I strive to create an atmosphere where students can question what we accept as ‘the truth’ and find their own way to a deeper understanding of the world.

Having done this scheme with a wide range of age groups and abilities from Year 7 all the way up to degree-level students, I have chosen not to break the activities up into separate lessons, allowing the teacher to best gauge how to lay it out for their own students. Individual teachers will know how long certain exercises will take their classes.

Learning objectives
This lesson introduces the framework we will use to explore the concepts raised throughout. By the end, students should be able to provide a clear definition of ‘truth’, understand the difference between ‘truth’ and ‘reality’, and have knowledge of the story of Galileo and his struggle to be believed. They will also have a good idea of the physical scale of the universe and our place in it."

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