Section 4: Investigating air

Key Focus Question: How can you use models, experiments and discussions to help pupils build a picture of air?

Keywords: gases; air; particles; assessment; model; investigation

Learning outcomes

By the end of this section, you will have:

  • considered how to support language learning in science;
  • explored ideas about air and particles with your pupils;
  • used different ways to assess your pupils.


This section has two main purposes:

  • to increase your own awareness of how language supports pupils as they think and behave scientifically;
  • to do this as you help pupils understand the nature of air and how it behaves.

1. Focus on language