Science

03 Aug 2016

Making a Simple Dichotomous Key

This fun activity for KS1 children to make a dichotomous key for their friends to use is an interesting way to introduce the concept of classification of living things. It can also be extended for KS2 by applying these principles to real living things found in an outdoor environment using […]

23 Nov 2020

6 Festive Challenges

Try these Christmas themed challenges that will help to develop children’s problem solving skills, creativity, and critical thinking. 1. Hanging Christmas Mobile Everyone loves decorating their homes at Christmas. Set your class the challenge to design and create the latest, extra special Christmas hanging mobile. One that would be worthy […]

20 May 2019

Seasonal Detectives (KS2 English...

Resources: Clipboards Pencils Plain paper or sketchbooks Outdoor clothing including wellies Bug pots Trays Magnifying glasses Outdoor education kit – including first aid kit   Learning Outcomes: English – Spoken language Listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge of […]

20 May 2019

Make a Boat that Floats – Floa...

Resources: Water tray and water Variety of materials for building boats Scissors Joining materials (Glue, tape, pins etc.) Whiteboards and pens Pictures of a range of different boats and ships   Learning Outcomes: Science – Working scientifically Ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways Observe […]

10 Apr 2019

Magic Magnets (KS2 Science, Y3)

Overview: A short investigation to demonstrate that magnetic forces (fields) work from a distance and do not need physical contact. Resources: magnets Paper clip Thin card/paper Ruler Programmes of Study: Science Working scientifically Lower KS2 Make systematic and careful observations Forces and magnets – Year 3 notice that some forces […]

10 Apr 2019

Poles Apart (KS2 Science)

Overview:A short experiment to look at what magnetic poles are and how magnets attract and repel each other. Resources: Bar magnets HORSESHOE MAGNETS Button magnets Magnetic pole marbles Range of testing materials – wood, plastic, metal etc. Iron fillings Paper Image of the Earth showing North and South Pole Recording […]

09 Apr 2019

Introducing Magnets (KS2 Science...

Overview: An investigation that allows children to understand the properties of magnetism and grouping materials by properties i.e. magnetic and non-magnetic. Resources: Bar magnet Paperclips Wooden blocks Paper / card objects Plastic objects Hoops Post it note Pens White boards & pens Aluminium cans Steel cans Programmes of Study: Science […]

27 Mar 2019

Building Spaghetti Bridges (Lowe...

Resources: Dry Spaghetti (thin wooden dowelling rods or straws) Marshmallows (playdough or modelling clay) Thin Cardboard (for extension) Small toy cars (for extension) Pens / pencils (for extension) Paper (for extension) Learning Outcomes: Science – Working Scientifically Asking relevant questions Making observations and measurements Reporting findings Design and Technology Evaluate […]

26 Mar 2019

Nature Walk

KS1 Science: Y1: Identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees Resources needed: A digital camera A clipboard or notebook and pen per child Illustrated books on plants and trees Explain to the children that you are going to find and name […]

08 Aug 2018

KS1/2 Science: Magnetic or Not?

    KS1/2 Science: Magnets Activity: Discovering which items are magnetic, and which are not. Resources needed: Large magnet per pair/group of children Lots of small-sized materials to test (fabric, foil, coins, plastic bottle tops, hair grips etc.) 2 x Paper and pencil per pair/group. Iron filings Smaller magnet Sheet […]