Science for One consists of activity sheets to support teachers with providing practical science lessons while children are sitting separately from each other. The activities can also be done outside.

Each activity sheet is based around one easy to obtain resource. Some activities require paper, pens, pencils, rulers and scissors; any additional resources needed are minimal and should all be easy to provide. Activities explore different science topics and suggestions are given for three age ranges. Each activity includes links to interesting follow-up ideas.

Although the children will be working independently with their own equipment, they should be encouraged to talk in pairs or groups about what they are doing. Many of the activities are exploratory or involve trial and improvement, so opportunities for discussion are important for the children to make progress with thinking and explaining.

Please share these resources with other schools and encourage them to pass them on to their own networks.

UPDATE: Advice on safety measures is changing constantly and since publishing this resource, CLEAPSS has issued new advice including a recommendation not to carry out activities that involve blowing. As such, we recommend that the 7-9 Launching Rockets activity within the Straws resource is used as a prompt for a home activity. CLEAPSS also recommends that any playdough used is made, used and then binned after the activity, as there is no evidence to suggest that leaving it for 72 hrs will render it safe to reuse.

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8. PLASTIC BOTTLE

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7. COAT-HANGER

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6. CUP

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5. EGG BOX

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4. PLAYDOUGH

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3. FOIL

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2. STRAW

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1. Box

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Safety Notice and Disclaimer


PSTT advises teachers to refer to either the CLEAPSS website or SSERC website for up to date health and safety information when planning practical activities for children.

PSTT is not liable for the actions or activities of any reader or anyone else who uses the information in these resource pages or the associated classroom materials. PSTT assumes no liability with regard to injuries or damage to property that may occur as a result of using the information contained in these resources. PSTT recommends that a full risk assessment is carried out before undertaking in the classroom any of the practical investigations contained in the resources.

All materials are ©Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and are freely available to download and share for educational purposes. Whilst educators are free to adapt the resources to suit their own needs, acknowledgement of copyright on all original materials must be included. Rights to images included in the resource have been purchased for PSTT use only – as such, these images may only be used as part of this resource and may not copied into or used in other materials.

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