Researching using secondary sources

Research key features

  • children use secondary sources of evidence
  • often used when the question raised is impossible or unsafe for children to answer first hand
  • enables children to compare and evaluate the information they gather from a range of sources
  • enables children to see that questions don’t always have definite answers


The Ogden Trust have a useful resource for developing Reasearch . You can download this here.


Possible enquiries

Year 1   
What are the names of common garden plants?
What food do certain animals prefer to eat?

Year 2   
Which animals live in deserts, jungles, around town, where it is cold?
How do humans grow?
What foods do humans eat to stay healthy?
What do we know about the work of people like John Dunlop, Charles Macintosh and John McAdam?

Year 3
What are the different food groups and how do they keep us healthy?
What would be included in a healthy meal?
What types of animals can be found in fossils?
How are fossils formed?

Year 4  
What are some of the things that damage healthy teeth?
At what temperature do particular materials change state, for example when iron melts or when oxygen condenses into a liquid.

Year 5
What are the gestation periods for different animals?
How do these gestation periods compare to humans?
What are the distances between the Sun and planets in the solar system?
What facts can I find out about the planets in the solar system?

Year 6 
Explore unfamiliar animals and their habitats, how do they fit in the classification system?
What did scientists like Humphrey Davy and Michael Farraday discover?
How do camels survive in the desert?

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