Science Resources & Websites
Home Learning Videos from SSERC: check out these activities that allow you to engage at home with easily accessible STEM videos. These videos can be used as a cook-a-long or to be viewed together and then the activity recreated. Making a science investigation book is a great video to start with.
The Science Museum have put together a really nice collection of home learning resources that can be found at, https://learning-resources.sciencemuseum.org.uk/
RHS Grow At Home scheme: check out daily tips and tasks, ideas to keep the children busy, plus a helping hand to grow your own fruit, veg and herbs. Whatever your experience, and whatever your space, use this time to grow!
Science Sparks Spring Activity Ideas: fantastic spring science experiments for kids from the Science Sparks team. As always, you don’t need any special equipment, just things you are likely to already have around the house.
Stay Home Science Lab: Jules Pottle has created a set of 20 lessons which will go out from the 20th April, one a day, for a month. Dorling Kindersley's Stay Home Science Lab. They will be on IGTV (the Instagram video channel). Click here
BTO Garden Bird Watch: the British Trust for Ornithology are giving everyone free access to their Garden BirdWatch during the Covid-19 lockdown. Stay connected to nature and learn about the wildlife around your home.
Latest WOW Science Blog: Growing Green for Our Wellbeing – check out the latest blog post and complete the seed germination activity. A great activity for the Easter weekend.
- Use your five senses. For example, create a ‘feely bag’ to describe an object and encourage your child to use correct vocabulary.
- Ask your child if they can identify things around the house which require a push or a pull. This is an early introduction to Forces which children will encounter more formally later on.
- Make an ice lolly and talk about changes in simple terms.
- Listen to music and introduce simple words such as high, low, loud and quiet.
- Plant some seeds and watch them develop over weeks. Sunflowers are very visual and you could even bring in some measuring skills which would also help develop your child’s Maths skills.
- Talk about the dangers of electricity around the home.
- Talk about how the body works through exercise, digestion etc.
- Plant seeds at home. Encourage your child to keep a ‘seed diary ’to observe changes over a period of time. Talk about the things plants need to grow eg soil, light, air and water.
- Conduct a ‘light’ survey in order to identify sources of light around the home/ environment.
- Talk to your child about the differences between animals and humans. If you own a pet, link to real-life examples when talking about features and basic daily requirements eg water, sleep and food.
- Link Science to real life. Show your child how things have changed over the years and how scientific advances have been made. For example, share books that show non-electrical or old household appliances.
- Provide your child with a collection of items made from a variety of different materials eg paper, plastic, cardboard and metal. Ask your child to find different ways of grouping them eg rough, smooth and shiny.
- Talk to your child about natural materials eg wood, bone. Go out for a walk together to find twigs, rocks, pebbles and sort together.
- Science can encourage reading-share a book together and talk about the main content.
As children progress through their school years, home learning becomes more formal. From Year 3, your child will encounter more formal Science home learning. This does not have to be a chore, but exciting and challenging for all!!
It is a well- known fact that children are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their home learning. It shows children that what they do IS IMPORTANT. Helping with home learning should not mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organisational skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging their child to take a break.
Here are some tips to guide the way:
- Get to know the teachers and what the expectations are. Parent-teacher conferences so you are aware of standards.
- Set up a home learning friendly area. Make sure it is a well-lit place to complete home learning. Keep supplies eg pencils, pen etc within easy reach.
- Schedule a regular home learning time so there is consistency.
- Help your child to make a plan, especially if home learning is ‘heavy’ on a particular night. Encourage your child to break up the work into manageable steps.
- Keep distractions to a minimum. This should mean no T.V, loud music or phone calls.
- Please ensure that children complete their own work. Children do not learn if they don’t think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help their child with the direction in which the home learning is going.
- Motivate and monitor your child. Ask your child about their home learning and provide encouragement. Parents can make themselves available in order to answer any questions or concerns.
- Praise your child’s work and efforts.
- If your child experiences continuing problems with their home learning, please talk to your child’s teacher. Some children may have trouble reading print and may require glasses or there could be a learning problem/ attention disorder that requires addressing. School is here to help.
Examples of Home Learning
- Look at books together on the life cycle stages and talk about them.
- Show your child how to change a plug.
- Talk about the dangers of electricity in the home/ around the local environment.
- Make your child aware of the many famous scientists who have contributed to the science world.
- Look up information about different types of food required for a balanced diet. Why are they needed?
- When out completing the weekly shopping, plan a balanced meal together.
- Plant mustard and cress seeds in soil/ on a shallow dish using cotton wool and place them in different environments eg light, dark, wet and dry. After a determined period of time, look at them and note the differences. Draw the differences of take photographs. Use books/ the Internet to research information about what causes these variations.
- Talk about reversible/ irreversible changes eg water/ ice.
- Talk about forces around the home/ in the environment- relate to the world on a wider scale.
- Discuss simple food chains.
- Try simple experiments with your child. Make observations such as, “When I put a seed in a wet environment it grows” or “If I place a round object on a flat surface it rolls”, or ask questions such as, “What happens if I put sugar in a full cup of water at room temperature?” “What will happen if I continue to add sugar?”