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Topic: Planning & presenting data
National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW) is a ten day celebration of science, engineering and technology. Within the programme there are a number of cross-curricular events, activities, and competitions.
In this activity, children use art to record their scientific observations.
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· to predict which plants can be found in different local habitats
Children will demonstrate this by completing the task on page 3 successfully.
· to compare different habitats
Children will demonstrate this by completing the task on page 4 successfully.
· to observe differences in plants
Children will demonstrate this by completing the task on page 5 successfully.
QCA Unit 2B: Plants and animals in the local environment
· that there are differences between local habitats
· to make predictions about the animals and plants found in different local habitats and to investigate these
· to use drawings to present results and make comparisons saying whether their predictions were supported
· make predictions
· speaking and listening - describe the different habitats
· discursive writing - write a description of a habitat
· count the number of plants in the different habitats
Introducing the activity
· Display Page 1 of the activity through a data projector or on an OHT.
- the different places that plants can grow
- introduction of the word ‘habitat'
- descriptions of the different habitats
Leading the main activity
· Display Page 2 through a data projector or on an OHT. Discuss the different habitats and relate to the habitats found in your own school grounds.
· Display Page 3 through a data projector or on an OHT. Discuss the different types of plants.
· Display Page 4 through a data projector or on an OHT. Print off copies for the children as appropriate. Discuss which plants belong in which habitat.
· Display Page 5 through a data projector or on an OHT.
- If possible take children outside to photograph/draw/paint two different plants.
- If it is not possible to take children outside then a selection of different plants can be brought into the classroom for copying.
- Decide how to set up their investigation
- Print off results table, children to draw their results