As many of you know, we absolutely love Science and what better way to while away some of those long quarantine hours then by conducting some experiments at home? Here are a few websites which are full of awesome science ideas.
This is one of my all time favourites, it’s great because you can see video tutorials of different experiments and Science Bob explains the science behind each one. He also helps children understand the difference between a demonstration and an experiment https://sciencebob.com/
While conducting experiments just for the awe and wonder of science is perfectly acceptable, It’s really easy to turn a science experiment into a whole day educational experience by using the experiment of choice as a springboard for Language and Number lessons.
Science experiment write ups are the perfect opportunity to practice writing instructional and explanatory texts. If your children are very young, they could take photos of the process and sequence them. If they are slightly older, they could do the same, but include a sentence underneath each photo with support, explaining what was done. Older children could simply write the instructions, thinking carefully about the use of time connectives, including (where possible) scientific language.
Science experiments also lend themselves perfectly to exploring mathematical concepts such as measuring length, distance , time, etc. Children can create graphs to collate their data. They can then use these charts to answer questions about their experiments.
You will often find, that even if your children are of different ages or abilities, the SAME experiment can provide a lot of stimulus for further work. All children can complete a write up of the same experiment , at their own level. They can work together to record the data and to present that.
Data can be presented in many ways, children could create graphs, posters, videos, book creator books of what they have done and what they have learnt. Our advice is that you don’t get stuck on how much writing they do, but focus on how much they have learnt. It is important that our children are excited about learning and science is a great gateway to this.
Finally, if your child does undertake a project and you would like to send us a photo or short video of it to post here, we would love to see it and share it with our Jump Ahead community