Science Week lesson ideas

Here's where you'll find all of our easy-prep Science Week lesson ideas. Why not give them a go and let us know how you get on?

Lesson 1 – Find a bug!

Go outdoors to find a brilliant bug. Collect it gently using a pooter or plastic tub. Can you find out its name? Whose bug has the most or least legs? Draw your bug or take a photograph of it.

Download a handy PDF version of this challenge so you can record and share your findings.

Lesson 2 – Build a shelter

Work as a team, to build a shelter outdoors that you can sit in using found and recycled materials. Can you make it waterproof? Is your shelter sturdy? Is it safe?

Draw a picture of your shelter or take a photograph of it and label it to show the materials you used.

Download a handy PDF version of this challenge.

Lesson 3 – Ice race!

Race a partner to melt an ice cube. Use whatever method you like but make sure it is safe and sensible. What factors should you keep the same to make sure your race is fair? How long did it take to melt your ice cube? Who won?

Take photographs before and after your ice race.

Download the PDF version of this challenge.

Lesson 4 – Float an egg

Can you make a whole, uncooked egg float in water? You will need to think about and try different ways to do it. How about making a boat-like structure for it to float on, or making the egg lighter – how could you do that?

Download a handy PDF version of this challenge and record your results. What did you do and what happened?

Lesson 5 – Grow a bear!

Can you make a jelly bear grow? You will need a cup, water and a jelly bear sweet. How can you use this equipment to make the jelly bear bigger?

Try out your ideas and write what you did. What were your results?

Download a handy PDF version of this challenge and record your results.

And don’t forget to share your findings with us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Science investigations now available to buy online

All of our science investigations are available to buy at our online shop. Individual investigations cost just £7.50 each and our whole school packs of themed science week activities for Years 1-6 are priced at £45.  Click here to view all our science investigations.


 

Practical science beyond Science Week

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Love to Investigate

Love to Investigate is a set of 126 scientific investigations that encourage children to be curious, ask questions and explore the world around them.

Our series of practical, exciting investigations cover tricky topics in new and unusual ways, including evolution, mechanisms and air resistance. All activities come with background knowledge for teachers who haven’t taught the topic before and method boards to help children work more independently.

Find out more about Love to Investigate.

*updated 1st March 2017

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Dr Fran

Dr Fran Barnes is Cornerstones' expert in primary science. Fran is a molecular and cell biologist with a passion for hands-on, practical science in the classroom. She writes our Love to Investigate series and the science topics in our curriculum.

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