Working Scientifically

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

08 Aug 2018

Identify Sounds and Observe Soun...

Resources needed: Sound clips Corresponding pictures Tissue paper Glass bowl Speaker/sound system Cling film     Ask the children to close their eyes and listen carefully to the sounds around them for one minute. When the minute is up, ask for a list of sounds which the children heard. These […]

08 Aug 2018

Parachutes - Gravity and Air Res...

Resources needed: Laptops or computers Books about Sir Isaac Newton Paper Feather Tissue paper Plastic bags Cotton Scissors Small figure/toy   Ask the class to use the laptops/books research Sir Isaac Newton. What was he famous for? What did he discover? What were some of his other ideas? Make a […]

08 Aug 2018

Reducing and Increasing Friction

Resources needed: Scenario cards Small ball or marble Tubes and ramps Sandpaper Fabric Plastic.   Ask the children to discuss with each other what they know (or think they know) about friction. Gather some of the ideas together on the board and then challenge any misconceptions. Give each child a […]

07 Aug 2018

Flower Dissection

KS1 Science: Identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees.   Resources needed: Large petal flowers such as tulips or daffodils Labelled diagram showing the simpler parts of a flower (adapt to group/class ability) Piece of A4 paper per child Pencils and pencil […]