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Working Scientifically

This half term, we are looking at 'Working Scientifically' and will complete different investigations that explore the different scientific skills expected in Year One. We include these skills throughout the year but also have a few weeks dedicated to stand-alone investigations. These investigations aren't themed or on the same topic, but instead focus on exploring all the different skills. 

 

Before starting this week's investigation, have a look at the picture below and think about which image is the odd one out. Is there more than one answer?

 

 

There are four investigations for you to choose from this week. Each of them develops the children's ability to 'perform simple tests' and 'observe closely'. Before completing the investigation you have chosen, please write a sentence explaining what you think will happen in the investigation. 

 

Make sure that you are watching closely to observe what happens. Describe to a grown up what is happening then write down your observations (or ask them to write it for you - that's fine for this part). Once the investigation has finished, draw a picture of the final result and write a brief sentence explaining it.

 

Are there any other questions or thoughts you have about what happened? Talk to your grown ups about any changes you could make to the investigation. If you are able, make these changes and try the investigation again - record if it makes a difference or not! 

Paper Towel Colour Mixing

For this investigation you will need: water, kitchen roll, plastic glasses and food colouring. 

When thinking about any changes that could be made, you could consider: mixing food colours, changing the material dipped in the water, the temperature of the water.

Rainbow Colour Mixing

For this investigation, you will need: a bowl, milk, food colouring, washing up liquid. 

When thinking about any changes that could be made, you could consider: changing the distance between the food colouring drops, changing the liquids used to see if it has the same effect. 

Dancing Raisins

For this investigation, you will need: raisins, still water, sparkling water, two clear glasses.

When thinking about any changes that could be made, you could consider: the temperature of the water, the number of raisins in each glass. 

Skittle Colour Mixing

For this investigation, you will need: Skittles (or other fruity, rainbow-coloured sweets), warm water, plate. The sweets don't need to be placed immediately next to each other - they can be spread further around the plate. 

When thinking about any changes that could be made, you could consider: the temperature of the water, the distance of the sweets. 
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