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Science - Summer 1
Our Science topic is Living Things. In this topic we look at what makes a living thing and how we can group them as well as the impact of a changing environment. Find some activities below that you can do at home.
How do we know If something is living? What do all living things do or need?
Do some research and create a poster or factfile based on what you find out.
Watch https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zn22pv4/articles/z3nbcwx to find out all about classification of animals. Can you find 5 animals to go in each of the main groups?
Write the names of different animals on pieces of paper and put them in a bowl. Get a member of your family to pick one out and see if you can ask yes and no questions to guess what it is. Can you use some scientific vocabulary to describe the animals?
Talk to a member of your family about something that has changed in your local area or keep an eye out for changes if you go for a walk. Have more houses been built? How do you think this would affect the animals living there?
Have a look at this webpage from the Sussex Wildlife Trust all about species found in the local area. Create a checklist and see which ones you have spotted. Can you classify them into different groups?
Scientists need good observation skills. Use the "My Street Tree" resource attached below to investigate a tree in your local area.
Try planting some seeds and watch them grow. Record what you see each day. If you don’t have any seeds, you can try growing your old food scraps!
- Celery – cut off the base and leave in warm water until new leaves start to appear.
- Tomatoes – wash and dry out the seeds and then plant in soil.
- Pineapples and avocados – suspend just over a container of water using cocktail sticks.
- Garlic – plant each clove straight in the soil, root end down –simple!
Carry out a simple experiment at home and record your findings with words and pictures. See below for a few ideas.