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Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be transferred from one store into another. In these pictures, which items do you think use energy? Which ones store energy? Do they all store/use the same type of energy? Cut them out and sort them into groups.
When a moving surface slides on a stationary surface it rubs against it, which slows it down. This is due to friction, a force which resists the movement of one object sliding past another. Understand more about friction with a fantastic practical project: make your own balloon hovercraft!
Quiz questions to encourage your child to think about how scientists work and why they do the things they do.
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.
Plants, just like animals, are able to adapt to their environment – they have to do this to survive. Sometimes this is a short-term change; they can also evolve to change permanently. This investigation looks at how plants adapt to meet their need for light.
Can you use your knowledge of gases and research skills to find out how each gas is being used? Record your notes next to each picture.
Look at the cards and diagram. Can you complete the diagram to show the reversible changes of freezing and melting? Don’t forget to label the states of water too!
When we look at habitats we often look at food chains to see the feeding relationships within them. Sometimes, though, more than one animal feeds off others. This is when we make food webs. Look at these cards. Can you cut them out and arrange them on the table with the arrows to show which animals feed off each other?
Ask an adult to help you conduct this simple experiment into reversible and irreversible changes. Heat each of these food items and see if the change is reversible or irreversible when the item cools.
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!
Evaporation happens all around us. Can you describe what is happening in these pictures? What conditions can make this change happen? What other examples of evaporation can you think of?
Look at the cards and diagram. Can you complete the diagram to show the reversible changes of condensation and evaporation?
Choose a room in your house and find all the things that use electricity to make them work. Can you find and draw the electricity source (the plug, switch or battery)? Remember: things that run off batteries also use electricity! If you are drawing light switches, add lines to show the wires which must run up to the light to make it work (even if they are hidden)
Look at these cards. Can you draw circuit diagrams using the correct symbols to match these descriptions?
In this experiment we will look at the effects of air (oxygen) on a candle flame. You will need an adult to help you with this one!
In this experiment we will be investigating to see if the temperature of the water affects how quickly salt will dissolve in it.
This is an experiment to help you learn about which materials will dissolve and which ones will not.
Look at electrical warning signs. What do you think they are trying to tell us? Now create your own electricity warning sign.
There is water in air! This simple experiment will help you to quickly see this.
Look at this diagram. Where does the water come from? Where does it go? Can you complete the diagram using the labels below?
Close your eyes and put your finger on one of these senses cards. Your game partner will offer you an object. Using only that sense, can you guess what the item is?
Using a soft animal toy and a doll, label the different parts. Which parts do we all have (head, eyes, ears, etc.)? Now collect a few different soft animal toys. Can you group the animals that all have the same body parts together (for example all the ones that have tails, all the ones that have wings, all the ones that have fur)?