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A Practical Science and Maths Resource for Primary Schools

Hands on KS1 & KS2 Science

Blow your kids away with WOW Science experiments that are easy to perform, repeatable and most of all FUN!

The whole system is amazingly intuitive and interactive. Games, competitive challenges, and experiments can be all facilitated via unstructured learning through play, semi structured child led investigation or more structured teacher led tasks.

The magnetic system allows easy adjustment meaning all the tasks can be performed through trial and error and as there is no real “right or wrong” answers  so children can investigate, test, adjust and retest with consummate ease.  This facilitates risk free learning for all children allowing them to discover their best answer.

Throughout all the experiments children are encouraged to develop their scientific thinkingformulating hypotheses, testing them, recording data and evaluating their success with the plethora of tasks that can be performed.

Just using water children can easily investigate forces, fluid dynamics, materials, energy and lots of other scientific concepts.

But don’t forget the WOW Experiments that can be performed by bringing in other resources you will probably already have.

  • Make muddy mixtures and filter them out
  • Dissolve substances in the gutters
  • Line the gutters with different materials to test friction
  • Experiment with different objects to learn about shape, materials and forces
  • Use different materials to “stop the flow”
  • Colour and mix water to learn about primary and secondary colours
  • Explore the water cycle
  • Chromatography experiments
  • Making icicles (watch here)
  • Make boats and sail them in the reservoir to investigate speed and stability
  • Make the wheel spin as fast as possible with a set volume of water or time frame.
  • Explore “efficiency” of a system that they have built themselves (watch here)
  • Use displacement to calculate the volume of a rugby ball.
  • Explore sound and waves

The possibilities are almost endless!

For example:

Slime Time (You can see a video of a fantastic Y4 NQT doing this this experiment here)

Build a run using 4 or 5 gutters.  Take 5 jugs and get a litre of water in each (measuring).

Jug 1 just water

Jug 2 water & ¼ teaspoon of Gelli Baff

Jug 3 water & ½ teaspoon of Gelli Baff

Jug 4 water & ¾ teaspoon of Gelli Baff

Jug 5 water & 1 teaspoon of Gelli Baff

(Measuring, dissolving, changes of state, changes of colour, reactions etc)

Time each solution down the same run and record the results making sure to collect the solutions from your run.

(Timing, fair testing, recording, predicting etc)

Plot your results on the Moti-Lab wall in graph form.

Reverse the reactions using salt!

As with all the experiments we provide they can be made simpler or more complex dependent on the needs of the groups using Moti-Lab or tailored to a particular learning outcome you are looking for.  You will also be provided with lesson plans that are year group specific and highlight the areas of the KS1 Science and KS2 Science curriculum covered.

We are here to help teachers and children have amazing STEM learning experiences and will be providing CPD for teachers through our social media channels and instructional videos  – Helping ensuring that you and every teacher in your school is a STEM ace!

Two girls using Moti-Lab intently

Moti-Lab showing a Y4 class demonstrating their understanding of the water cycle

Y4s demonstrating their understanding of the water cycle using Moti-Lab

A girl is smiling as her classmate pours slime down Moti-Lab gutters

Primary children testing their slime solutions on Moti-Lab

A young girl showing how she made icicles using moti-lab

Amazing cold weather science making icicles on Moti-Lab

A graph showing the results of a science experiment

Analysing two sets of results from the slime time experiment – spot the anomaly!

Results from a science experiment on Moti-Lab

Exploring Efficiency – Y5s results when building an increasingly efficient system expressed in numbers and percentages!

Practical KS1 & KS2 Maths

There are some obvious areas of the EYFS, KS1 & KS2 maths curriculum that Moti-Lab can focus on just using water – such as volume, full, empty, more, less, capacity or ball games for simple addition, subtraction, place value etc.  

However due to the open ended nature of Moti-Lab the possibilities of exploring maths in a practical way are almost endless and really up the imagination of the teacher and the children themselves.

All our experiments, games and activities have a mathematical focus directly linked to KS1 and KS2 Maths Curriculum.

The switches provided can be used for addition, subtraction, division, fractions with water or with coloured balls representing different values.

The colour coded gutters themselves are designed at different lengths (1, ¾, ½ and ¼  or if you take away the longest ones – 1, ⅔ and ⅓).  For example fun maths challenges can be set and tested;

  • “Can you find 3 different ways of making a run that is 2 ½ lengths long?”

The gutters also give innumerable opportunities for measuring exercises in whatever format you choose be it pencil lengths or in mm and the learning extended to investigate ratios, scaling and proportion.

Timing exercises are easily facilitated giving rise to more complex learning around speed or simple concepts of fast and slow.

The wheels can also be used in simple exercises (number of spins) to more complex maths concepts such as averages. For example:

  • Build a run with the wheel at the bottom; Test it! How many rotations of the wheel for 1 watering can full of water? How many would it be for 5? Let’s test it! Record the results – work out the average. How many spins should we get with 10 watering cans? Let’s test it!

We have even had Y6 maths pupils using Pi to work out the distance travelled by the wheel and speed in Metres per Second!

Within all these experiments and games the wall itself can be used as a whiteboard to record results, make predictions and use the results to plot graphs or charts to visualise and analyse their answer to the challenge.

The mathematical benefits of Moti-Lab will really add to your provision – giving children the ability to explore abstract mathematical concepts with concrete examples and through practical applications.  As the children are immersed in this risk free learning it will lead to deepening understanding, improved reasoning skills and many other positive outcomes.

All this is contained in a multi sensory learning environment producing amazing results particularly for those children who aren’t suited to traditional class based learning.

Technology

Using Moti-Lab allows for kids to investigate different types of technology in various ways, this can be materials – what materials stop the flow? what floats and what sinks?

Ideas of renewable energy generation can be explored using the wheel to represent a turbine to examine changes in energy, energy flow and generation.

Engineering

This is a real benefit of Moti-Lab – every task involves engineering to solve the problems posed.  This could be designing and building the water run to avoid objects, go as fast as possible or as slow as possible.

Curriculum Focused

All children ages 2-11 and beyond will love learning with Moti-Lab but it needs to deliver real and measurable learning outcomes.  For this we have teamed up Sheffield Hallam Institute of Education and other academic partners to bring teachers the background resources needed to help teach STEM in a fun and engaging manner.

STEM can be one of the hardest subjects to teach in primary and so we are producing learning guides specifically designed for Key Stages 1 and 2.  The guides can be used as a general overview of learning outcomes or adhered to more strictly for teachers who prefer that style.

Each guide will give pointers on what the specific learning outcomes are and where the tasks fit into the curriculum, as well as guides to adapting the teaching for different age groups or abilities.

Moti-Lab learning guides also come with suggestions for background learning resources or further learning if the themes really capture the imagination of the kids.

See some examples here.

Further Learning

Apart from the curriculum focused learning Moti-Lab offer a whole host of other benefits.  The interactive nature of the tasks will serve those who are less receptive to classroom based learning – which can yield positive behavioral and attainment results back in the classroom with increased confidence and sense of achievement for some of the more challenging students.

Although it can be used singularly Moti-Lab is a collaborative resource.  By its very nature Moti-Lab fosters teamwork and communication as the children work together to solve the problems and complete the tasks.

We’ve already had some great results in increasing vocabulary and communication especially with children who have English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Not Just STEM

There is no need to limit the learning you can deliver to just STEM education, we’ve had schools using the mobile board for class presentations, display boards, magnetic games, for painting on and loads of other uses, for loads of different subjects!

Three primary girls doing science on Moti-Lab

Teaching Resources and CPD

At Moti-Lab we want to engage teachers and make teaching STEM fun, accessible and effective.  We will be supporting teachers through videos of experiments – these can be accessed at anytime saving precious time on preparation.  Have a look at, and please subscribe, to our YouTube channel here to see some of the experiments you can do on Moti-Lab.

We also want teachers to become involved in the Moti-Lab concept.  It’s open ended nature means that teachers are able to innovate with what they can use Moti-Lab to teach.

Teachers are in a best position to judge what is effective and can come up with their own lesson ideas for Moti-Lab and you can be sure that we will share these freely with other Moti-Lab users.

If you’d like to share your ideas and successful lessons please do so by joining and liking our facebook page here or tweeting us here. Once we’ve had a look and checked for duplication we will add them to our growing archive of learning resources, these can be accessed by all users of Moti-Lab for free and for life.  Who knows you might win a prize for your school.

Get involved!

  • A Young Boy pouring water to learn about EYFS science on Moti-Lab

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