Theme 5: Time

This is one of twelve student books from Science in Process and covers areas of biology, physics and chemistry related to the theme of time. The resource aims to allow students to develop their scientific enquiry skills using this broad theme as a basis for a variety of student led activities. The skills include observing, recording, presenting, inferring, interpreting graphs, hypothesising and predicting.

The fifteen double page spreads are presented alphabetically and were designed to be used in any order, either forming the basis of an entire course or to enrich an existing course. Although this student book was written for students aged 11 to 13, the level of demand and curriculum content of most of the activities would be suitable for Key Stage Two students or lower ability Key Stage Three students. The 'cut out’ sheets referred to can be found in the Teacher's Resource Pack.

This theme has the following curriculum links:
1. Candles – candles as timers
2. Corrosion – factors that affect corrosion, rust, oxidation, metals and acids
3. Cotton reel tractors – forces, kinetic energy, potential energy, friction
4. Dating – tree rings, pollen analysis
5. Extinction – fossils, extinction, endangered species
6. Human timers – pulse rate, reaction times
7. Ideas about the universe – observations of the Earth and Universe
8. Lines of time – timeline of history of the Earth
9. The night sky – constellations, making a telescope and a model of the night sky
10. Planets – solar system, orbits, year length
11. Rocks – layers in rocks, continental drift
12. The sun – sun dials, Stonehenge, shadow length
13. Swinging – pendulums
14. Timers – water clocks, sand timers
15. Timing chemical reactions - colour change, reaction time, concentration

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