Section 3: Looking at liquids
Key Focus Question: How can you use different activities to investigate liquids?
Keywords: assessment; mind maps; demonstrations; investigation; surface tension; liquids
By the end of this section, you will have:
- used ‘big picture’ mind maps to see what pupils already know when starting a new topic
- undertaken practical classroom demonstrations to challenge pupils’ thinking
- planned different sorts of activities including investigations and drama to develop pupils’ understanding of the role of water.
Whatever age you work with, it is always valuable to start a new topic with a thoughtful session where you build up a good picture of what the pupils already know. This can be recorded in the form of a mind map (see Key Resource: Using mind maps and brainstorming to explore ideas). Encourage pupils to share any questions and concerns they have. Knowing your pupils’ learning needs will really help you plan in a meaningful way. What sort of things must be planned? (See Key Resource: Planning and preparing your lessons.)
In this section we guide you through using a mind map and planning a series of activities around liquids and their properties.