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20 October 2014
Schools Digger and the Gang!

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Lesson plan Science
To choose suitable fabrics for different seasons; to identify materials that will float or sink; to sort animals according to their offspring, food, or characteristics.
National Curriculum
KS1 Science, Materials and their properties, Life processes and living things
QCA Science Scheme of Work: 1C sorting and using materials; 2A health and growth; 2B plants and animals in the local environment;
2C variation.
To the animals adventure activity. Worksheets Four seasons, Float and sink and Animal homes. Scissors, junk for model making, drinking straws, modelling dough, dressing up clothes.
Explain to the class that science is about asking questions about the world around us. What questions could we ask about our clothes? (Note suggestions on the board, e.g. What are they made from? Do they keep the water out?) What questions could we ask about animals? (e.g. Where do they live? What do they eat?).
Explain to pupils that the activities today will set puzzles about materials or animals.
Group Work
Introduce pupils to the Adventures.
Into the boat
Pupils identify suitable clothing for the weather/season.
Pupils could select dressing-up clothes suitable for a visit to the Animal park at different seasons. Pupils could draw Digger and the Gang dressed for different weather conditions.

Float and sink
Pupils sort materials into those that will float and those that will not.
Ask pupils to draw and label as many things as they can that contain air (e.g. bottles, bubble wrap, light bulbs, balloons, bubbles, beach balls, water wings). Who can find the most things? Would all the things they have found float?

Animal park
Pupils match young animals with parents and type of food eaten. They spot ‘the odd animal out’ in sets of different animals. Pupils could complete the worksheet Animal homes, or draw their own ‘odd animal out’ puzzles for friends to solve.
Individual Work
Pupils view Float and sink from the online adventure. They use the worksheet Float and sink to make boats which they test in the classroom sink. They will need plenty of space to make and test their models. If Float and sink activities are not practical, pupils can do individual work using the Fun & Games section. Activities include Send an email, Create your own picture, Create an animation and Turtle tunes.
Ask pupils to describe the problem they had to sort out. What science questions did they ask themselves? E.g. Will it float or sink? What do these animals have in common?
Pupils write a list of science questions they could ask about their pets or toys.

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