Investigating - Asking Questions
We know that plants grow faster in the summer but do children?

Investigating - Asking Questions

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 Science for children aged 5 and 6 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with simple examples of questions that can be investigated.

Scientists ask lots of questions, some simple - some hard. What is this thing? What is it made from? How does it work? What does it do? Where did it come from? Why is it that shape? What is it like? Then scientists investigate questions. This quiz looks at questions you might investigate in science at school. Some questions are just too hard to investigate at school or at home but some are simpler. Some questions are better than others. This quiz gets you thinking about what makes a good question in science.

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  1. Which one of these questions would you have to investigate outdoors?
    Which one of these do you think would be the most interesting investigation?
  2. Tanya has had a cold. She has an idea for an investigation. What do you think it is?
    How could you investigate this?
  3. Sasha has decided to investigate this question: ‘What is the best material to make an umbrella?’

    Sasha decides to put the question another way. Which is the best question for him to ask?
    Umbrellas have to stop the rain. They need to be waterproof
  4. Which one of these questions could you investigate at school?
    Answers 3 and 4 are questions, but they are easily answered. They don’t need an investigation. Answer 2 is too vague - what do you mean by ‘nice’?
  5. Scientists investigate all these questions. But which one of these questions could you investigate in a school?
    How many of these questions would you like to investigate?
  6. Which one of these questions would be good to ask in science?
    Where might you look to find out about the differences between reptiles, birds and mammals?
  7. All of these are questions. Some have simple answers. But which one could you investigate?
    How would you investigate which month is the warmest?
  8. Which one of these is a question you could investigate in science?
    How could you investigate this?
  9. Anna knows that plants grow quicker in the summer than the winter. Which one of these questions would be fun for Anna to investigate?
    How would you find out if children grow quicker in the summer or not?
  10. Toni wants to do an investigation in her class. She is going to ask people a question. Which one of these questions would be the best one to investigate?
    The fourth question has more possible answers. The other questions only have yes and no answers

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