This is a list of possible discussion questions (and some simple activities) for children to take part in with their families at home. It’s currently in an early state, as it has been somewhat rushed together to provide for teachers who would like to keep their pupils engaged in science in the event of potential school closures, so apologies for any typos or errors! I’ll be looking to develop it in the future.
There are currently only links to Year 1-6, but anyone interested in tasks for Early Years pupils can head here to download sets of low-resource science activities for younger learners:
These cards were designed to help children frame their thinking in science lessons, supporting with posing questions, discussing investigations and explaining results. In my classroom, they’ve been cut out and turned into keyrings, and I often display the relevant card on the interactive whiteboard when we’re engaging in discussion. They could also be stuck into science books, displayed on tables or added to science displays. They could also be used to support pupils who can find talking through their ideas difficult, including pupils with SEND.
This list of stories linked to the curriculum includes possible investigation questions and suggestions of which key stages those questions could be used in. Worth a look when you’re making plans for your next science module!
This list was created to help develop pupils’ science capital by highlighting the range of STEM careers available to them. It is intended for use by teachers to select careers linked to their current science topic and discuss these with pupils, perhaps even having them take on the roles of these scientists in lessons. You could, for example, challenge students to be meteorologists in their seasons lessons, or horticulturalists in their lessons on plants. It would also be helpful to add the names for these different types of scientists to your vocabulary lists, displays and knowledge organisers.
This idea came to be after I saw a post on social media about how much plastic waste is generated by Christmas crackers. While the amount of waste stated in the viral post does not seem to be factually accurate, you can’t deny there is too much waste generated by these things! We’re making them for our enterprise project this Christmas; I thought others might like to too!