- children observe, measure and record events, systems or phenomena
- variables cannot be controlled
- survey or collect data from secondary sources
- identify relationships or patterns in observations or measurements
- can involve learning about causal relationships/cause and effect
Are all daisy leaves the same? is there a pattern to where they grow?
Do all apples have the same number of seeds?
Are the oldest children in the class the tallest?
Do the children with the biggest feet have the biggest hands?
Where do we find the most snails/spider/worms/woodlice?
Do different birds come to the bird table to feed at different times?
Do all flowers have the same number of petals?
Can children with longer legs run faster?
Are all metal objects magnetic?
How does the structure of a fruit relate to how the seeds are dispersed?
What happens to shadows when the light source is moved about?
How do magnets behave in relation to each other?
Are objects that are magnetic always good electrical conductors?
How do the sounds made by different objects/materials similar or different?
What happens when you add/remove batteries/lamps as part of an electrical circuit?
Does every planet take the same time to orbit the Sun?
Is there a relationship between the orbit of a planet and its size?
How is pulse rate affected by exercise?
How are breathing rate and pulse rate linked?