Our new science topic in Year 2 at Michael Faraday School involves looking at different forces and movements. We introduced this work with a very practical session asking the children to explore the four main forces that we will be learning about: pulling, squeezing, twisting and stretching.
Different science activities were set up on various workstations. One task involved the children experimenting with some baking dough. We asked them to try and experience each of the four forces, and then to describe how each one felt. We asked questions such as which is the easiest force to achieve? Why might this be so?
Other activities involved trying to twist drinking straws and elastic bands. We wanted to find out which of these materials was able to achieve as many twists as possible.
Squeezing was observed on a workstation set up with a large tray of water, some empty bowls and some sponges. Our task was to soak up as much water as possible in the sponges, and then squeeze this out to fill the empty bowl. The children were asked to explain what it felt like to increase the pressure of their squeeze.
Finally we looked at the force that a snowplough might use to help clear up the snow. One table was set up with flour as substitute snow. Our task was to find a way of moving this along to create a clear path.