Science - Resource of the week

25th November 2011 at 00:00
Science Investigation Cards

Uploaded by jlo (presumably not the Ramp;B diva), these are cards for complete primary science lessons, split into three age groups and crossing all strands. They include objectives, relevant resources, key questions and space for making recordings.

My favourite lesson idea is Superb Sound for key stage 1, where children explore and describe sounds that can be made by using various materials. Most classrooms have a box of donated junk, so just add beaters and some string.

In the lesson, children experiment with getting a sound from different objects by shaking or beating them. Introduce the idea of suspending objects with string and discuss how the sound changes. Do bottles of different sizes make different sounds? Does the type of beater change the effect? Which materials are better at producing sound? Draw out observations, such as suspended objects will usually make a better sound as they can vibrate more freely.

The Materials lesson for KS2 asks pupils to use knowledge of the properties of materials to make a model boat and to test, then record, their results. How could wax crayons or paint improve the boat further?

Resources and links at

Sara Carroll.


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