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Beyond Fair Testing: Teaching Different Types of Scientific Enquiry

The materials provide teachers with examples of different enquiry types, e.g. classifying and identifying, developing systems, and pattern seeking.  The booklet provides an overview of the enquiries and the particular approaches used. Scientists use many different ways to collect evidence, but a survey undertaken...

States of matter: scientists

This resources give details of six lessons on states of matter aimed at  Year 4. Children explore solids, liquids and gases and investigate how materials can change from one state to another, through a large range of simple practical enquiries. They then arrange a science fair in which they demonstrate what they...

Animals, including humans: keeping healthy

Produced by the Hamilton Trust, these resources give details of six lessons on food, diet and digestion. This includes lesson plans, practical activities and all student materials. Students find out about food groups and a healthy balanced diet. They look at the human digestive system and the diets of herbivores,...

Everyday materials: let's build

This resources provides six lessons on everyday materials aimed at Year 1. Explore different materials and sort them into groups before writing songs based on their properties! Consider what it would be like if the tables were made of jelly or the chairs were chocolate! Then recreate the story of the three little...

Everyday materials: materials matter

This block of resources provides 6 sessions on materials aimed at Year 2. They explore the useful properties of materials with a range of investigations involving absorbency and flexibility.  These include activities for finding out which type of kitchen towel or cloth is most effective at mopping up spills,...

Forces and magnets: amazing magnets

This resource provides six lessons on magnets aimed at Year 3. Children are asked to help Mr Andrew Newton of the British Scientific Society  to develop some exciting activities on the theme of Magnetism to delight visitors at their annual science fair.  Using this context they are introduced to the mysteries of...

Second look science: sports

Produced by the Hamilton Trust, these resources give details of six lessons on separating materials. This includes lesson plans, practical activities and all student materials. Students separate solids using sieves and magnets. They then identify solutions and mixtures before removing materials by filtering and...

Electricity: design challenge

Produced by the Hamilton Trust, this resource aimed at Year Six gives details of six lessons on balanced forces. Children learn about gravity, air resistance, friction and upthrust of liquids. Working scientifically they investigate what happens when an elastic band stretches under force and develop an...

Light: crime lab investigation

Produced by the Hamilton Trust, these resources give details of six lessons on light and vision. This includes lesson plans, practical activities and all student materials. Students identify sources of light and revise facts such as light travels in straight lines and opaque objects form shadows. They understand...

Electricity: it's electric

Produced by the Hamilton Trust, these resources give details of seven lessons on electricity. This includes lesson plans, practical activities and all student materials. The lessons reinforce students' understanding of simple circuits and the use of symbols to draw them. They go on to investigate which materials...

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