Published: 2 April 2020
Everyone is trying to feel the force and find their inner strength as we navigate these unprecedented times. If you are looking for ideas that the children can explore at home, why not ask them to think about forces?
You could ask your students to investigate how ideas about friction and gravity have changed over time with the Ogden research cards? The cards can be used as a resource for a research enquiry at home and children could report and share their findings through posters, chronological reports or use mobile phones and tablets at home to make videos or podcasts. They can even explore some of the games and practical activities we have created for the topic.
Making paper aeroplanes is a great challenge – how far can they get their planes to fly? Can they change anything to make them go further? Can they beat their brother/sister? Can they beat their classmates in a virtual competition? Or…. can they beat the teacher – why not post a film online and set the challenge! @OgdenTrust #Forces. Our Phizzi practical forces and flight, could be shared to give support to parents in drawing out the scientific ideas.
There are lots of other activities on our website that the children could try and some of them are perfectly suited for the home: heat shield testing; making a magnetic racing game… Our Phizzi forces problem solving activities bring science and maths together and include worksheets that you can easily send home for the children to complete.
Children will be able to find all sorts of objects around the home that they could use to explore forces – toys, balls, bicycles, skateboards or even their own bodies. Why not use this extra time at home to encourage them to be curious and explore? They could plan their own tests and find interesting ways to communicate their enquiries with you and the rest of their classmates.