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?

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?
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?
Trees have leaves
Wood can be used to make posts
The tree is alive, but the wooden post is not
Wooden posts are good for making fences
When do trees grow quickest, do you think?
Anna and Freddy wanted to know which material was stretchiest? Which one of these do you think was stretchiest?
Aluminium foil
What happens if you try to stretch paper?
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?
Beech is the earliest of the four trees
Sycamore is the last of the four trees
Sycamore is the earliest of the four trees
Ash is the last of the four trees
Oak and ash come into leaf later than most other trees
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:
Different sizes
The same size
How did Jamie measure how much juice there was?
Ben asked, ‘Do taller flowers have more petals?’ Ben decided to measure two things about each flower. What were the two things?
The height of the flower and the number of petals
The height of the flower and the colour of the petals
The height of the flower and the name of the flower
The height of the flower and the number of flowers
How did Ben measure the height of the flower?
Marco asked, ‘What lives in rock pools?’ How could he find out?
Look it up in a book
Look it up on the internet
Go to the seaside and look in a rock pool
Marco could do all three of these things
Have you ever looked in a rock pool? What did you find?
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?
Everyone likes feather pillows
Most people think wool is the softest
No one likes foam pillows
Most people think feathers are the softest
Why do pillows need to be soft?
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?
Spiders have 8 legs
A spider has more legs than a fly
Flies have 6 legs
A fly has more legs than a spider
Where could Harry look this up?
Emily’s teacher asked, ‘What makes play-dough so good for making models?’ Emily said:
Because it is fun to play with
Because you can change its shape
Because it is hard
Because it is rough
What would you like to make with modelling clay?
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Working scientifically

Author:  David Bland

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