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Science Homework for Key Stage 2
Activity-based Learning





ISBN 9780415474542
Published October 4, 2009 by Routledge
96 Pages 78 B/W Illustrations

 
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Science Homework for Key Stage 2 is a unique resource for busy teachers - a selection of ‘pencil-free’, hands-on activities, aligned with the National Curriculum Programmes of Study and with clear links to the topics set out in the QCA scheme of work for KS2 science, that teachers can use as extension activities or give to pupils as homework to do with members of their family or friends. Each of the activities encourages the pupils to learn through discussion and through practical activities utilising everyday resources.

Each activity is quick and easy for pupils and teachers to manage, and includes:

    • a learning aim, full, clear instructions and discussion points
    • tasks to foster collaboration and partnership between pupils, parents and teachers
    • photocopiable resources.

A refreshing approach for teachers and pupils, these activities will foster enthusiasm for learning and inspire pupils' interest in science.

Table of Contents

Guidance for the teacher  Introduction  Pedagogy and philosophy  Active Homework – the key ideas  Following up on the homework  Possible follow-up activities  Partnership with parents  Creating your own active homework  Life processes and living things: Years three and four  Teeth and eating: types of teeth  Teeth and eating: looking after your teeth  Helping plants grow well: light  Helping plants grow well – growth  Devising an investigation: best temperature  Moving and growing: bones Moving and growing: muscles and joints  Habitats: plants  Habitats: food chains  Debate: is it right to keep animals in zoos?  Life processes and living things: Years five and six  Keeping healthy: food types  Keeping healthy: breakfast cereals  Keeping healthy: exercise   Debate: which is most important: a healthy diet or taking regular exercise  Lifecycles: plants  Interdependence and Adaptation  Micro-organisms: types of microbes  Micro-organisms: your questions  Micro-organisms - composting  Devising an investigation: best conditions for compost  Materials and their properties: Years three and four  Characteristics of materials: what would you use …?  Rocks and soils: House materials Rocks and soils: erosion  Rocks and soils: volcanoes  Devising an investigation: strongest rock  Keeping warm (thermal insulators): comparing materials  Keeping warm (thermal insulators): slowing the transfer of heat energy  Keeping warm (thermal insulators): insulation in the home  Solids, liquids and separating: teabags and sieving?  Solids, liquids and separating: sieving  Materials and their properties: Years five and six  Gases around us: gases you know  Gases around us: is air real stuff? Debate: driving versus using the bus  Changing State: liquid and gas  Changing state: solid and liquid  Changing state: evaporation  Dissolving: mixing solids with water  Dissolving: reversing the process  Devising an investigation: best conditions for dissolving  Reversible and non-reversible change: mixing and heating  Reversible and non-reversible change: your questions Reversible and non-reversible change: the water cycle  Physical properties: Years three and four  Magnets and springs: true and false Magnets and springs: paper springs  Magnets and springs: searching for magnets and springs at home  Light and shadows: opaque, translucent and transparent  Light and shadows: changing shadows  Friction: slipping and gripping  Friction: reducing friction  Physical properties: Years five and six  Earth, Sun, Moon: day and night  Earth, Sun, Moon: phases of the moon  Debate: is space exploration good use of money Changing sounds: sound travels  Changing sounds: sound travels more slowly than light  Changing sounds: directing and collecting sounds  Changing sounds: changing pitch  Forces in action: building structures  Forces in action: friction in sport  Forces in action: a thought experiment  Devising an investigation: shoe with best grip  How we see things: reflected light  How we see things: pupils responding to light  How we see things: your questions

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Biography

Colin Forster is the primary science team co-ordinator and primary PGCE course leader at the University of Gloucestershire.

Vicki Parfitt is an experienced primary school teacher and a member of the primary science team at the University of Gloucestershire.

Andrea McGowan is an experienced primary school teacher and a member of the primary English team at the University of Gloucestershire.

David Brookes is an illustrator and is a member of the Department of Natural and Social Sciences at the University of Gloucestershire.