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Mary Anning was born in 1799. She is famous because of her fossil discoveries and the important contribution they made to the scientific study of prehistoric life. See if you can find the answers to these questions by researching her life on the internet or in your library.
Did you know that dinosaurs lived on Earth for roughly 200 million years, whereas we humans have only existed for 200,000 years?! Look at this timeline. Can you do some research on the kinds of dinosaurs that were around during the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods? Find out what our planet was like then and what other animals were around.
Decide on a habitat that you want to research. Then use this spider diagram to make notes on your habitat.
For this investigation you will need to ask a parent or adult if you can borrow some glass bottles (milk bottles are ideal). Remember to be careful when handling glass and ask an adult to help you clean the bottles first.
Look at these pictures of different musical instruments. Which part is vibrating to make the sounds we hear – is it the skin, strings, metal, wood or air inside the instrument? Record which you think it is below each picture.
Think about the different joints in your body and how they work. We often refer to your body as having 3 main types of joint – hinge, universal and ball and socket. Have you learnt about these before? If not, why not research these joints to see how they work. Now see if you can identify these different joints needed for each of these actions to be carried out by the human body.
When we eat food our bodies break it down so that we can live. Food is our fuel and gives our bodies the things we need. This process is called digestion. Can you read the statements below and cut them out? Try to arrange them in the correct order to show the process of digestion.
We are constantly being told what is healthy and what is unhealthy. In this activity you need to use your reasoning skills to read the statement cards and sort out which ones you think are true and which are false.
Try this simple experiment at home to investigate the pitch of sound you can make using a ruler.
What foods you have eaten in the last 24 hours? Write them down in the table below. Can you identify the type of food you have eaten and the role it plays in your diet?
The shapes of objects made from some materials can be changed by some processes, including squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. Gather a selection of materials from home. Make sure that each object is made from a different material. List the object and the material in the table, then have a go at changing the object’s shape and note on your table what happens.Now have a go at making a glove.
A sundial tells the time by using the position of the sun. This is how it works: the sun casts a shadow onto a surface marked with lines indicating the hours of the day. As the sun moves across the sky the shadow aligns with different hour-lines. Do you think you can make your own sundial?
A guitar makes music when the strings vibrate. This simple experiment will help you make your own guitar and see how the length and tightness of the strings can affect the notes made.
We’re going to be playing with our voice sounds and muffling them using a kitchen roll. Make different sounds into the tube (ring a bell, clap, whistle, rattle some keys). Blindfold the person who is listening and ask them to guess what sounds you are making.
We breathe all of the time. Breathing is vital to ensure that oxygen is taken into our bodies and harmful carbon dioxide is taken out of our body… but how fast do we breathe? When does this change? Why? Complete the table and see if this helps you to answer these questions.
Resonance is described as the intensification and prolongation of sound, especially of a musical tone, produced by sympathetic vibration. Now ask an adult if you can borrow some glasses to investigate how the amount of water in a glass can affect the resonance sound made.
Create a healthy living questionnaire for your friends and family. Think of questions about sleep, food, drink, exercise and then do a survey of everyone’s habits. At the end of the week as a family decide what everybody’s new healthy goals are going to be. What could you do more of? What will happen if you make some changes to your life? Why?
Exercising and eating the right types and amounts of food help humans to stay healthy. Make a chart showing 5-10 different things you can do to be healthy. Add in a column for each member of your family. Ask people in your family to tell you every time they eat or do something healthy and record it on the chart. Try recording your data in bar chart form. At the end of the week decide, as a family, what everybody’s new healthy living goal is going to be.
Ask an adult to help you select different foods that you think may contain more fat than others. Carefully rub each food in turn in one of the circles. Label each circle so that you can see which food was in which circle. Leave the paper to dry. When dry hold it up to the light. You should be able to see which foods contained more oil and fat as this will be left on the paper!
Play a car game listing an A to Z of parts of the body, for example: arm, belly button, cuticles… If you get stuck you may need to be creative and think of variations (for example, digits instead of fingers). If you’re playing with older children they could also list internal organs!