Science

Below are some Science activities you could try at home! 

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Fun STEM activities

 

  • Design a parachute to protect an egg
  • Design and build a catapult
  • Design and build a strong bridge
  • Make a structure using spaghetti and marshmallows
  • Design a marble run or paper rollercoaster
  • Set up a balloon rocket
  • Make a boat that floats

Fun activities to research and have a go at!

 

  • Slime
  • Volcanoes
  • Paper spinners
  • Paper aeroplanes- which one will go the furthest?
  • Water cycle-put water in a sandwich bag and tape it to the window- can you describe the water cycle?

  • Solar systems-create one-Papier mache, different fruits to represent the sizes of the planets, collage, pictures...

  • Use old wallpaper or large paper and draw around your body. Label the body parts and organs. Can you find out what they all do?

  • Dissect a daffodil and identify all the key components

 

Some useful websites

 

 

Below are the Scientific skills for each Key Stage

Name
 EYFS Working Scientifically Checklist.pdf Download
 KS1 Working Scientifically Checklist.pdf Download
 KS2 (Y3&4) Working Scientifically Checklist (1).pdf Download
 KS2 (Y5&6) Working Scientifically Checklist.pdf Download
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Find Curriculum activities listed for each Key Stage below.

Early Years and Key Stage 1 (Years Reception, 1 & 2)

      PLANTS

                http://www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/activities/pdfs/pdf_minibeast_palace.pdf

    • Check on your palace after a week – has anyone moved in? You could also try attracting some butterflies to your garden by making a butterfly feeder:  

                http://www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/activities/pdfs/pdf_butterfly_feeder.pdf

 

        SEASONAL CHANGES

    • Keep a weather diary.

            http://www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/activities/pdfs/pdf_weather_diary.pdf

    • In the Spring and Summer we get warmer weather because the Sun is closer to the Earth.

            Sunshine increases the temperature. Using tin foil to reflect the sun, see if you can use  sunlight to melt food in our current season. Use how much              the sun has melted your food to decide which season we might be in.

            Instructions: https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/solar-oven/

  • FLOATING AND SINKING

     

    • Can you sink the boat? Tin foil normally floats but as we add more weight to it the downwards force becomes too much. Try different designs and see which works best.

               Instructions: https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/150-science-experiments/force-movementexperiments/sink the-foil-boat/Dancing sultanas! Watch                     little air bubbles help sultanas raise to the top of a glass and then POP so that the sultanas sink back down again.

               Instructions: https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/150-science-experiments/force-movementexperiments/dancing-sultanas/

     

    Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4)

     

    PLANTS

    • All plants need water to survive. Water is transported around all parts of a plant. See this process, known as ‘transpiration’, by trying out the Coloured Petals activity.

            Instructions: https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/150-science-experiments/botany-experiments/makecoloured-petals/

            N.B. You can do this activity with a range of different plants including daisies that you pick and even celery!

    • Water is transported around plants to keep them healthy and give them the nutrients they need. In leaves, the veins transport the water. Watch this video and replicate it yourself to create leaf skeletons which show each individual vein!

            Video demonstration and instructions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW-6H-aP5ys

     FORCES

    • Friction is a force that happens when one surface/object meets another while moving. It opposes this and can slow objects down or stop them moving – this can be useful when designing tires on bikes and cars. Either: Test which shoes in your house create the most friction (are hardest to move) over carpet OR which surface in your house creates the most friction with a trainer.

            Enquiry page: https://www.ogdentrust.com/resources/phizzi-enquiry-slippy-shoes

    • Why are people told to leave an object in a wound if they are penetrated by something, eg. If an arrow is shot into their toe? It’s all to do with friction! Once the hole is created, the friction of the object and your skin creates a temporary seal and stops the blood coming out. See this yourself by testing the Leak Proof Bag idea.

            Instructions: https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/150-science-experiments/water-science-activities/leakproof-bag/

    • Go on a magnetic material hunt. Using a fridge magnet (if you have one available), go around your house, get up close to different objects and test if they are magnetic. If the fridge magnet sticks to something (or something sticks to your fridge magnet) it must be made of a magnetic material. How many items that are magnetic can you find on your magnetic material hunt at home?
    • If you find some magnetic materials on your hunt, why not make a magnet maze game. Instructions: https://www.science-sparks.com/mini-magnet-maze/ or https://www.sciencesparks.com/lego-magnet-maze/
    • Did you know that compasses work because of magnetism? Make your own compass using simple household materials to find true North in your home.

           Instructions: https://nationalmaglab.org/education/magnet-academy/try-at-home/make-a-compass

           BBC Bitesize has loads of good explanation videos about the different forces.

    SOUND

    • Investigate the relationship between volume and vibration strength.

            Instructions: https://www.outstandingscience.co.uk/index.php?action=view_page&page=purchase&product=osy4

    • See the effects of sound waves traveling through the air in this simple investigation where sound waves actually make things move!

            Instructions and Video Demonstration: https://mocomi.com/cansound-move-objects/

    LIVING THINGS AND THEIR HABITATS

    • An underwater habitat is very important for underwater creatures – but what happens when we pollute our waters? Simulate water pollution by filling a bowl with water and then adding different polluting materials to it (string/thread, cling film, oil, cotton wool). Now run your hand through the water. What happens to your hand? Why might this be dangerous for creatures that live in underwater habitats like the ocean?
    • Filtration is one way that we can clear our oceans. It can also be very handy for making water drinkable for land animals! Create your own water filter at home to see how we can remove waste from our natural water sources.

            Instructions: https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/150-scienceexperiments/biology-environmental-science-projects/create-a-water-filter/

    Upper Key Stage 2 ( 5 & 6)

    EARTH AND SPACE 

    • Rockets ‘blast off’ because hot air helps them to rise. Make a teabag rocket to see this for yourself (with adult supervision in an outdoor area).

            Instructions: https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/150-science-experiments/space-science-projects/make-atea-bag-rocket/

            Video demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdzPix9CKck

           What do you notice about the height you drop the rock and the size of the crater you create?

    • Constellations are groups of stars and/or galaxies that astronomers use to map the sky. Model the constellations in the night sky at home.

            Instructions: https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/150-science-experiments/space-scienceprojects/constellations-in-a-canister/

           (Film canister could be substituted for a toilet roll tube and a dark room – no bicarb is actually needed).

    FORCES

    • Gravity is a force that that pulls toward the centre of the Earth (downwards) and Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion says that once an object is moving it will continue moving in that direction unless a new force is applied. Prove this by completing the Egg Inertia challenge.

            Instructions: https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/150-science-experiments/force-movementexperiments/egg-inertia/

            Video demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gzCeXDhUAA

    • Friction is a force that happens when one surface/object meets another while moving. It opposes this and can slow objects down or stop them moving – this can be useful when designing tires on bikes and cars. Either: Test which shoes in your house create the most friction (are hardest to move) over carpet OR which surface in your house creates the most friction with a trainer.

            Enquiry page: https://www.ogdentrust.com/resources/phizzi-enquiry-slippy-shoes

    • Air resistance (drag) is a force that acts against gravity – as an object is pulled downwards, the air resistance pushes it upwards. Air resistance is how parachutes work. Test falling paper with a small surface area (scrunched up into a ball) and a large surface area (left as a flat sheet) when dropped from the same height – what do you notice about how quickly they fall? Use what you learn to design a parachute with good air resistance. You could make your design out of anything and test it out your window (with adult supervision).

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4Jgh9V9gwE

    • BONUS: You learnt in Year 4 that liquids are made of molecules that all like to hold tightly to each other. When the water ends (because there is no water molecule to grab onto) it creates a surface (the top of the water which acts like skin or elastic) where the molecules hold even tighter to one another. Because these molecules are holding each other so tightly, they create a force called surface tension. Watch what happens when you change the surface tension of water by adding washing up liquid to it in the Soap Powered Boat experiment.

            Instructions: https://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/150-science-experiments/force-movementexperiments/soap-powered-boat/

            Video demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLLSJ9kRUHM

            BBC Bitesize has loads of good explanation videos about the different forces.

    ELECTRICITY: