Toner Avenue Primary School


‘awe and wonder’

The Rose Report


Area of learning:

Scientific and technological understanding


Learning in this area should include an appropriate balance of focused subject teaching and well-planned opportunities to use, apply and develop knowledge and skills across the whole curriculum.


Why this area of learning is important


It offers a wealth of experiences and ideas that encourage children's natural curiosity and creativity, inspiring awe and wonder.


Different types of Scientific Enquiry.

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Some very simple science table activities:
Static electricity - feather on a string, flea circus etc.
Heat sensitive paper
Temperature strips stuck onto different materials
Convection spirals
Air power - pencil point turbines, magnet men.


Learning by playing is different from ‘playing about’!

Accidents with circuits using high power or rechargeable batteries. ‘Short circuits’.

Progression from R to Y6

Gradually building towards pupils being able to
identify, plan, carry out, record, draw conclusions, suggest improvements
to their own investigations.

Subject links


The weather - people and the planet (geography).
Making observations - our senses, the body (biology).
Processing data - averages (maths).
Analysing data - graphs in excel (ICT).
Reflection of light - measuring angles, symmetry (maths).
Properties of light - shadow theatre, periscope (DT).


Dataloggers - gathering data, storing data, presenting data, analysing data. Also a great way to introduce ‘graphs’.


Light intensity

Volume of a sound

Heart rate

D and T

Using knowledge and understanding of scientific facts and principles to help in the design and making of a product.

1. A motor is an electrical device (component) which produces motion of an axle (rotation) when electricity flows in it. The speed of a motor can be varied by using a length of wire in series with it. A motor can be reversed if the connetcions to the battery are swapped over (+ and -).

Design a range of products which use an electric motor.

2. Materials can be divided into two groups according to how they behave when incorporated into a simple electrical circuit. We call them conductors and insulators.

Design a range of switches using common materials.

3. Transparent , translucent and opaque materials.

Use your knowledge of these types of material to design a shadow theatre (additional design criteria....).

4. The air is a real material. It is a gas.

How can we prove that air is real and that it is all around us?

How can air be used to make something move and to power a vehicle?

Awe and wonder experiments

lighting up a bulb or hearing a buzzer for the first time when making circuits.

Seeing a motor spin and making a colour wheel.

Making and testing a balloon car.

Static electricity experiments.

The ‘foaming volcano’ experiment.

Observing insects under a magnifying glass.

Finding out how strong a paper tube is.

Firing a paper tube rocket.


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