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Science Lab!

Do you like research and analytical study?  Well the Science Lab could be the place for you!  Like mathematics, in science you can study a wide range of topics or specialise in a particular field such as physics, biology, chemistry or health.  Science can also cross over with geography, especially if you're interested in learning more about our planet and would like a career discovering solutions to environmental issues.  Get that lab coat on and report for duty. 

Ms Addison
Science Subject Leader

Nature Table

Whilst you are in your garden or out on walks, what could you collect to add to a nature table?  What categories might you group your finds into?  Can you identify all the specimens on your table and create labels or fact cards? Take a photo of your finished nature table and send it in.  You could also send it to a friend or relative to inspire them! 

Colourful Flowers

Do you know how water moves upwards through a plant?  Find out by carrying out this investigation with food dye.  Follow the instructions on the PowerPoint and try the experiment with different flowers.  What have you found out?  how will you share your findings with others?  Don't forget to send in any fabulous photos of your experiment!

Flower_Dye_Experiment_PowerPoint

Space

Watch this short video on the International Space Station:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfYJEI6KjFg 

Select a short part of the video and produce your own ‘voiceover,’ using your imagination and knowledge.  Present your version to a member of your family. 

Basking Sharks

Basking sharks are fascinating creatures.  Have a look on this website for photos and information:

www.sharktrust.org

Here are a set of instructions for making your own ‘Bottle Basking Shark’. The instructions use a plastic bottle which is hard to cut.  Read the instructions but then experiment using other materials

Bottle_Basking_Shark

Rocket Mice

How high can a paper mouse go?  Try this fantastic idea from the Science Museum to find out.

learning.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/learning-Activities-Rocket-Mice.pdf 

There are some fabulous questions to talk about and investigate:

  • What makes your rocket fly? 
  • What makes it come down again? 
  • How do you think a real rocket works?
  • How could you make your rocket travel higher?
  • How could you make your rocket go more slowly?
  • Can you make your rocket spin as it falls?

Bird Spotting

Grab a piece of paper, a pencil and some colours and find a place where you can sit comfortably for a while (it might need to be shady if the sun is out).  When you see a visiting bird, quickly sketch it and add the colours you can see.

When you are back inside, you can use the RSPB website to help you identify the birds you have seen.

www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/identify-a-bird

Try this over a few days – do different birds come into your garden at different times?

Dunking Championships

This was a popular activity from Mrs Skouros!  Which biscuit do you think will be the best for dunking? Choose a few different biscuits and some cups of warm water.  Dunk each biscuit in the cups in turn.  Which lasts the longest without breaking? Remember to check with an adult before you start.

What do you think makes a biscuit a good dunking biscuit?  What will you do with your results?  Will they inform your next family shopping trip? 

Spinners

I had fun with this spinner and target game.  You will find the instructions here.

pstt.org.uk/download_file/3190/873

I didn’t have paper, but used blue tack at the bottom and it worked just as well. I think Sellotape would do the trick too.

There are many more science activities on the Primary Science Teaching Trust website:

pstt.org.uk/resources/curriculum-materials/Science-Fun-at-Home

Don't forget, there are lots more links to activities here on the 'Home Learning' page of our website:

www.st-peters-sch.uk/Our-Learning/home-learning