Investigating - Drawing Conclusions from Data
Do taller flowers have more petals than shorter ones? How could you find out?

Investigating - Drawing Conclusions from Data

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 investigating and drawing simple conclusions from data.

In science you ask lots of questions. Then you plan how to answer them, or draw conclusions. You might investigate by observing or looking closely at things. Or you might investigate by doing a test or an experiment. You collect results or data. But what does the data mean? In this quiz, there are some results. What do the results tell you? Can you answer the questions and draw your own conclusions?

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  1. Emily’s teacher asked, ‘What makes play-dough so good for making models?’ Emily said:
    What would you like to make with modelling clay?
  2. Isaac looked at different trees. He wrote down when the buds started to grow into leaves. Here are his results:

    Ash - 4th May
    Beech - 17th April
    Oak - 8th May
    Sycamore - 28th March

    What has Isaac found out about when trees make leaves?
    Oak and ash come into leaf later than most other trees
  3. Marco asked, ‘What lives in rock pools?’ How could he find out?
    Have you ever looked in a rock pool? What did you find?
  4. Jamie asked, ‘Which oranges are juiciest?’ He got three different oranges. He squeezed them and measured how much juice there was. To make it a fair test, Jamie made sure that the oranges were:
    How did Jamie measure how much juice there was?
  5. Ella asked, ‘What shape is the Moon?’ Ella knows that the Moon changes shape. The Moon looks different on different days. But what shape is the Moon?
    Have you ever seen the Man in the Moon?
  6. Jacob looked at a tree and a wooden post. The tree grew in the spring and made new leaves. The wooden post did not grow. What has Jacob found out?
    When do trees grow quickest, do you think?
  7. Ben asked, ‘Do taller flowers have more petals?’ Ben decided to measure two things about each flower. What were the two things?
    How did Ben measure the height of the flower?
  8. Harry asked, ‘Which has more legs, a spider or a fly?’ He looked it up. He found out that spiders have 8 legs, and flies have 6 legs. What is the answer to Harry’s question?
    Where could Harry look this up?
  9. Anna and Freddy wanted to know which material was stretchiest? Which one of these do you think was stretchiest?
    What happens if you try to stretch paper?
  10. Sally wants to find a good material for a pillow. She tests three materials. She asks 12 people in her class to say which one is the softest. Here are her results:

    Feathers - 7
    Foam - 3
    Wool - 2

    What has Sally found out?
    Why do pillows need to be soft?

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