Resources for working scientifically

Use our practical teaching ideas that have been tried and tested in the classroom to help your children develop good practice when working scientifically. They'll form a hypothesis, develop tests and record results.

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Six tips for British Science WeekNew!
Six great ideas to help get your British Science Week off to  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Materials | Life processes and living things | Physical processes | Working scientifically Published: 24/05/2017 | 
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Science in the news – Voyager’s 11 billion mile journeyNew!
Explore the incredible journey of Voyager 1 as it leaves the  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Physical processes | Working scientifically Published: 15/05/2017 | 
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See You in the Cosmos - Penguin Schools resource
A teaching pack based upon Jack Cheng's new novel, See You in  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Spoken language | Working scientifically  | Published: 16/02/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Jack Cheng | Debates | Jack Cheng | Science
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Celery investigation – plant stem function
How does water travel through a plant? An exploration where children  … read more
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Y3 | Life processes and living things | Working scientifically  | Published: 03/02/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Investigations | Plants
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Which magnet is the strongest? – investigation scaffold
A simple proforma for planning and recording an experiment looking  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Working scientifically  | Published: 20/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets | Investigations and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Investigation – is everything magnetic?
An investigation planner including prompts for key aspects such  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Working scientifically  | Published: 20/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets | Investigations and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Magnetic or non-magnetic – recording sheet
A sheet for recording results for an investigation to answer  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Working scientifically  | Published: 06/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets | Investigations and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Are all metals magnetic?
A sheet for recording results for an investigation to answer  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Working scientifically  | Published: 06/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets | Investigations and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Which magnet is strongest – super scientist prompts
A set of prompts to help children plan an investigation to find  … read more
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Y3 | Physical processes | Working scientifically  | Published: 06/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Forces and magnets | Investigations and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Curious Chocolate – melting times investigation
A great investigation to really get children working scientifically  … read more
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Y2 | Materials | Working scientifically  | Published: 11/11/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials | Investigations | States of matter
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Rapid Rockets – rocket fuel investigation
A great practical investigation into rockets and finding the  … read more
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Y5 | Materials | Working scientifically  | Published: 11/11/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Investigations | States of matter
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Mr Frosty's hand – investigating insulators
A great practical investigation into the properties of materials.  … read more
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Y2 | Materials | Working scientifically  | Published: 21/10/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials | Investigations | States of matter
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Identifying sounds
Two activities to introduce the topic of sound. The first is  … read more
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Y4 | Physical processes | Working scientifically  | Published: 07/10/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Sound
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Sound insulator investigation
A practical activity exploring the use of different everyday  … read more
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Y4 | Physical processes | Working scientifically  | Published: 30/09/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Investigations | Sound
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Sunflower surprise – plant investigation
A great practical investigation to monitor and observe sunflowers  … read more
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Y2 | Life processes and living things | Working scientifically  | Published: 30/09/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Investigations | Plants
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Filtering sand and water
Working in groups children predict which filter will be the most  … read more
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Y2 | Materials | Working scientifically  | Published: 23/10/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Separating materials
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Which fabric has the most stretch?
Children are asked to design and carry out an investigation into  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Materials | Working scientifically  | Published: 29/08/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials
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One teaspoon or two?
A simple spreadsheet to calculate the amount of sugar in processed  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Working scientifically Published: 02/05/2014 | 
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Which paper is the most absorbent?
Children design and carry out their own group experiment to find  … read more
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Y3 Y4  | Published: 05/12/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Investigations
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Trebuchet investigation
A planning grid for testing the effects of counter balances on  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6  | Published: 10/10/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Investigations and featured in our teaching pack(s) Castles project pack
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Archery investigation
A simple planning grid for an investigation into the distance  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6  | Published: 03/10/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Investigations and featured in our teaching pack(s) Castles project pack
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How fit are your fingers?
A nice simple investigation into muscle fatigue. Children will  … read more
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Y4 Y5 Y6  | Published: 19/12/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Investigations
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The Mozart effect investigation
Does listening to Mozart make you smarter? Can it aid your concentration?  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6  | Published: 21/09/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Investigations
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Science experiment template
A template for writing up science experiments with young pup  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6  | Published: 07/03/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Investigations | Templates
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Fizz bomb
Observe the teacher and write the instructions explaining how  … read more
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Y3  | Published: 11/06/2009 | From the resource collection(s): Investigations
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