Scintillating Science Stuff To Do! (during school closure - March 2020)
During this time of school closure, there is a great opportunity for some home based science. The activities and websites below are packed full of ideas for you to have a go at!
1. Stem science.
Teachers use this website and the activities are designed for use with a class but do have a look through as it is packed full of ideas.
Try Don’t Tip the Ship on page 12. You could also have a go at What kind of taster are you? on page 18. DO THIS WITH AN ADULT PLEASE!
2. Super fun experiments from Mr Duck. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McVpXiSttnU
You won’t believe how much you can have with a packet of m&ms (or Skittles)! Watch the film clip and have a go! My favourite here is The Rainbow Plate – AMAZING!
3. This website from New Zealand has some great activities for you to try. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McVpXiSttnU
My personal favourite is Bucket spinning to explore centrifugal force. Mind you do it outside in your garden or there could be trouble! Also, try the taste testing. By holding your nose, you can fool your taste buds!
4. Science Fun for Everyone. This website has a bank of home science activities for you to try. It uses American terms but there are some great fun things to do.
Try the Dry Erase activity using a whiteboard (dry wipe) pen (one in your pencil case?), a glass plate and some water. I couldn’t quite believe my eyes!
Dorling Kindersley have a great range of books for science at home:
Whole project Take it Outside – Spring
This is a wonderful project that you can undertake at home and in your garden, if you have one. Read the story Saving Spring, do some spring art (see below for ideas), listen to Vivaldi’s Spring from his Quatro Stagione (Four Seasons), grow some beans from seed and watch the new life as it grows.
STORY AND IDEAS
Read about William Morris and his gorgeous prints - https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t2-a-105-new-william-morris-powerpoint. Find out about Georgia O’Keefe https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/ks2-spring-art-resource-pack-t2-t-10000438 to inspire your art.
Grow a bean in a jar. Watch its progress each day. Record with photos or drawings. Describe what is happening.
Have fun with science and stay safe!
The National Curriculum for Science
Purpose of study
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
The National Curriculum in England 2014