Push the Cat and Pull the Apple

A science show for key stage 1 and 2, exploring the topic "Forces and Motion"

"an exciting, enjoyable and informative show for Key Stage 1 and 2 Science pupils ...You are one of the few presenters catering for KS1 in a meaningful way" Carolyn O'Donnell, Manager, Setpoint Bedfordshire & Luton

Ian Saville's show is a story about Eric the gardener, "Push" the cat and "Pull" the apple. Ian uses puppets, ventriloquism and magic to introduce the topic of forces and motion to children in key stages 1 and 2 of the National Curriculum. By helping to solve Eric's problems, children are led into an understanding of the following areas of the National Curriculum in science:

Systematic enquiry / focused exploration
The nature of scientific ideas (and the image of the scientist)
Planning experimental work
Obtaining and considering evidence
Science in everyday life
Pushes and pulls as examples of forces
Describing movement
Speeding up, slowing down and changing direction
Forces changing the shape of objects


By the end of this 45-minute show children will have considered questions about the nature of pushes, pulls and forces, and will have thought about what a scientist really is. They will have begun to see themselves as scientists, devising fair tests and exploring ideas about the world.

As well as being a performer, Ian Saville is a qualified teacher who has worked with all ages from primary school to University. His one-man shows have won him a Time Out Theatre Award, and he has performed at theatres throughout Britain.

Push the Cat and Pull the Apple is available for booking by schools, for audiences of up to 100 children at a price of 250 (plus travel expenses for schools outside London). This show is zero-rated for VAT.

Follow up material for teachers will be provided at no extra cost. 
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Email me for further details or write to Ian Saville, 8 Aylesbury Street, London NW10 0AS

Tel: 020 8621 0157
Mobile: 07949 164793

Fax: 020 8621 5488 (ring first to send fax)