BBC Bitesize have some nice lessons online for both Design Technology and Science. The links are below for you to explore:
Design Technology: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zb9d7ty
We love Design Technology at Biddick Hall Infant and Nursery School, and if we had been in school this week that would have been our learning all week! Design Technology in school comprises of these core skills: Design, Make and Evaluate (talk about how well your design worked). If you are wanting some inspiration on how to keep your child busy and entertained see below. Remember, these are optional activities only!
If you are planting seeds in your garden try and make a mini greenhouse. This can be as small or as large as you like. You only need a plant pot and some clingfilm – this is the most simple way. If you want to be more technical you can build a little frame with sticks you may find in your garden. Remember, seedlings get hot in greenhouses – make sure you are watering them.
The weather has turned very windy this week, can you make a wind chime or wind sock? Look them up on the internet with your child. What kind of materials could you use to ensure it makes a noise in the wind? Try tying old CDs, DVDs or bottle tops onto string and hang them in your garden. Which materials work the best? Why?
Reception and Nursery
Design Technology in the early years is about exploring different materials and objects and trying to join them together to make something new. Try collecting junk materials – yogurt pots, kitchen roll tubes, cereal boxes etc. Talk to your child about their interests, what could they make? How could they join the materials together? Can they use glue, string, paper clips? Find somewhere to display their finished model so they can be proud of their work!
Back Garden Science
Have a go at these Science activities that can all be done safely in your garden:
- On a sunny day explore where you can place your ice pop (or an ice cube) so that it won’t melt. Can you think of some good places? If you have a watch or a timer on your device, time how long it takes to completely melt.
- What animals can you find in your garden? What micro habitats can you explore? Remember a micro habitat is a small habitat in a larger one for example under rocks, in the grass or in a bush or tree. Draw and label what you find.
- Try feeding the birds in your garden – they like seeds, cake crumbs or bread crumbs. What different types of birds can you spot? Blackbirds? Sparrows? Doves? Pigeons? Robins?
- Can you make a waterproof coat for your teddy? What would you make it out of? How will you test it? How do you know if it is waterproof?
- If you like playing with toy cars, can you build a ramp and see which car goes the furthest. Try predicting which car and see if you are right. What can you do to the ramp to make the cars go further? How could you slow down the cars?
Good luck and enjoy your back garden Science!
Science for the Early Years
Hello everyone Mrs Dixon here! Below is a list of activities that you can do with your child whilst they are learning at home. All the of the ideas below can be done in the safety of your own home or garden – in the light of current events, we must stick to the government’s advice and continue to socially distance ensuring we do not make any unnecessary journeys outside of our homes.
Look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.
Provide your child with safe objects and materials they can explore at home for example:
- a sponge in the bath
- foil/cling film from the kitchen
- a rubber band/loom band
- a pebble from the garden
- uncooked spaghetti
- cooked cooled spaghetti
Ask the children to explore them, can they stretch, rip or see through them. Compare the spaghetti cooked and uncooked – how is it different? Why is it different? Ask your child to draw the objects and write a word to describe them, for example foil is shiny, cling film is see through. Which materials are waterproof? Can they make a coat for their teddy to keep it dry?
There are also a lot of online resources you can look at with your child. See below for some fun ones.
Don’t forget that your child has their own log in for Espresso – Four Ways Farm is a great
place to start on there – it has lots of cross curricular links for different Science learning.
Have fun learning together!
Science for Year 1
Below is information regarding the Science we would have covered during school in Spring Term. Also see below child–friendly websites you can explore with your adult to build on Science skills and knowledge whilst you are at home. Have fun whilst learning!
Spring Term – Materials – To describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials/Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their physical properties (are the materials stretchy, flexible, rigid, strong, transparent/see through, weak etc.)
Wow science is a site that provides a lot of free games and activities, but those with a pound sign will cost money – you DO NOT need to pay for any content, there are a lot of free, good quality activities to explore. Have fun learning!
Science for Year 2
I would like to add some links to websites you can explore with your grown up whilst building on your Science knowledge and skills. Below is a list of the learning we would have been doing in Year 2 – this can then help you explore topics yourself at home.
Spring 2 – Materials – How you can change some of them by bending, twisting, stretching etc.
Useful websites are:
Wow science is a site that links to lots of other science learning and activities – you may find lots of learning that is outside our curriculum but that’s fine too! Most of these activities are free, however those with a pound sign at the bottom are not. You DO NOT need to pay for any activities, there are plenty of free materials out there!
Good luck and enjoy!