Science 20/4/2020: Enquiry Type - Pattern Seeking
Is there a link between the length of your outstretched arms and your height?
Take measurements of the people in your house to try and answer the question above. You might measure in centimeters or in the number of pencils long. Once you have measured someone’s outstretched arms and their height compare the measurements.
How about other body parts eg. Foot length and height, Foot and forearm, Hand and
Leg length etc.
Question, predict, observe, record, analyse, report
Create a poster that explains what you found out. Can you include in your poster: your equipment, what was easy and hard to carry out, your result.
Write a report of your investigation showing your question, hypothesis, method, results.
When analysing your results, was your hypothesis correct? How could you have improved the investigation? What other investigations could you carry out?
About this type of Scientific Enquiry
Draw a graph to show your results
One of the main types of enquiry that scientists carry out is Pattern Seeking. This is when scientists make
observations and measurements and then try to see if there are any patterns or ways to link what they observe.
Astronomers use pattern seeking to discover new planets and celestial objects.
Sport scientists use pattern seeking to help improve athletes' performance.
How about combining English with Science?
Can you write a terrific scientific poem? Then enter the IF Oxford 2020 Poetry of Science Competition for a chance to win some fantastic prizes!
The competition is open to any child in the UK aged 16 or under and will be judged in three age categories:
Entries can be made through your school, or individually, with your parent / guardian’s consent. Please make sure your entry form has e-mail contact details for either your teacher or parent / guardian.
The closing date for entries is Thursday 30 April 2020.
See the website for further details. Feel free to send your applications to my school email address to apply or click on the website and apply direct yourselves. Best of luck!
Previous winners to get the ideas flowing...
Why do we study Science?
Scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding: A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. All of our children are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Pupils are also encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse the causes.
What are our aims?
At Broughton Junior School, we aim to develop our children’s ability to:
Long Term plan
Plants – life cycle of flowers, how water is transported in plants
Animals, including humans – digestive system, teeth, food chains
Rocks – fossils and soil
Light – reflection and shadows
Forces and magnets
All living things – classification keys, human impact on environments
Animals, including humans – nutrition, skeletons and muscles
States of matter – solid, liquids, gases, evaporation and condensation
Sound – vibration, pitch and volume
Electricity – common appliances, simple circuits, series, switches, conductors and insulators.
All living things – life cycles and reproduction
Animals, including humans – human development from birth to old age
Properties and changes of materials – hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity, response to magnets Earth and Space – the solar system
Forces – gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction, force and motion
All living things – classification, characteristics and why we classify plants and animals
Animals, including humans – circulatory system, diet, exercise and lifestyle
Evolution and inheritance
Light – how light behaves
Electricity – voltage, simple circuits diagrams