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If you planted a pencil in the ground do you think that it would grow?

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 methods used to investigate and answer questions.

Scientists ask lots of questions. But then they have to investigate and try to find ways, or methods, of answering these questions. How would you go about answering questions in science? What method would you use? How would you measure it? How would you count it? This quiz looks into ways of investigating and finding answers in science.

1.
Bella wants to know: ‘Are pencils alive?’ What should she do?
Try to feed a pencil
Put a pencil outside in the rain
Take a cutting of a geranium and see if that grows
Plant some pencils in soil and see if they grow
Pencils are made of wood. Pencils only ever get shorter!
2.
Sarah wants to find the answer to this question: ‘How deep should I plant bean seeds?’

Sarah plants some bean seeds all at different depths in the soil.

How will she know which has grown best?
Wait for all the beans to come up
Count how many beans come up
Measure the height of each bean after a month
Only keep the first bean to come up, and throw the others away
The first bean to come up might not grow the tallest
3.
Tom wants to find out where snails like to live. What should he do?
Look in different places and count the number of snails
Look in one place and count the number of snails
Find a snail and count the number of rings on its shell
Find a snail and see where it goes
The more places you look, the better your results
4.
Ayisha wants to answer this question: ‘Do plants grow better in pink plant pots than brown plant pots?’ What should Ayisha do?
Test 4 brown pots and 1 pink pot
Test 1 brown pot and 4 pink pots
Test only pink pots
Test 4 brown pots and 4 pink pots
That makes it a fair test
5.
Marco wants to know what most spoons are made from. He is going to count the number of metal, wood and plastic spoons. Where should he look?
At school
At home
In his classroom
At school and at home
The more places he can look, the better
6.
Tanya has had a cold. She wants to answer this question: ‘Which type of tissue is most absorbent?’ What should she do?
Feel how rough each tissue is
Feel how soft each tissue is
Measure the length of each tissue
See how much water each tissue soaks up
A sponge is absorbent. It soaks up water
7.
Sam has decided to investigate: ‘Which is the stretchiest modelling clay?’

Sam has 6 different modelling clays. They are all the same length to start with. He pulls them all with the same force.

What does Sam need to measure now?
Their weight
Their length
Their temperature
Their strength
What does Sam use to measure their length?
8.
Colours fade in the light. Lara wants to answer this question: ‘Which colour fades quickest in sunlight?’

What should she do?
Hold 4 pieces of cloth up to the light
Pour water onto 4 different pieces of cloth
Put 2 different colours of cloth in a sunny window. After a month see which has faded most
Put 4 different colours of cloth in a sunny window. After a month see which has faded most
Testing 4 different colours is better than just 2
9.
Alex wants to find out how the weather changes through the year. What should she do?
Write a poem about the weather
Draw a picture of spring flowers
Keep a weather diary
Tick off the days on a calendar
What will Alex record in her weather diary?
10.
Ella is investigating this question: ‘What is the best material for a bookshelf?’

What should she look for?
How transparent each material is
How absorbent each material is
How much each material bends when there are no books on it
How much each material bends with books on it
Which material are bookshelves usually made from?