Investigating - Simple Tests
How could you find out which colour is most people's favourite?

Investigating - Simple Tests

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 using simple tests to investigate.

How can you answer questions in science? Some questions are too hard for you to answer but some are more simple. Where will you look for answers? How will you investigate your ideas? How can you test different materials? What can you use? There is often more than one way of answering a question in science. Using books and the internet to investigate is a good thing, but it is even better to do simple tests to find out for yourself, if you can.
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  1. Freddie asks, ‘When do frogs lay spawn?’ How can Freddie find out?
    All three ways help Freddie to find out.

    The frog in the picture is the red poison dart frog from Costa Rica
  2. ‘How do camels survive the heat of the Sahara Desert?’ How could you find out at school?
    This one you will have to look up!
  3. ‘Where do jaguars live?’ How can you find out?
    Jaguars live in Central and South America
  4. Harry is building a model bridge. Should he use wood, metal or plastic? Which will be strongest? How he can he find out?
    Which do you think will be the strongest?
  5. Jack asks, ‘What is the best temperature to grow seeds?’

    Jack puts the same seeds into four different pots.

    He puts each pot in a different place. Which four places would be best?
    Always ask before putting anything like pots or soil in a fridge or freezer!
  6. Natasha is keeping a weather diary. How can she record how much cloud there is every day?
    What fraction of the sky in the picture is covered by cloud?
  7. Jacob wants to know which lumps of play dough are heaviest? What can he do?
    A see-saw is a balance
  8. A class at school want to find out which habitat centipedes like best. They decide to look in different places.

    They look under a large stone, in leaf litter, under a log, and under a hedge.

    What should they count?
    Mini-beasts live in micro-habitats
  9. Toni is doing an investigation in her class. She wants to know which is the most popular colour in the rainbow.

    Toni paints this picture. Then she asks people: ‘Which colour in the rainbow do you like best?’

    Who should she ask?
    The more people Toni asks, the better her results will be
  10. Anna has three materials: glass, polythene and wax. ‘Which material is the clearest?’ How can Anna find out?
    Anna needs to do an experiment to find out.

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