Year 1

With most of our lesson plans there are lots of potential learning outcomes so have a look and choose a few that are most pertinent to the area of learning or topic you want to teach.  You can download the lessons and edit them to your needs. Please note these are written in Google Docs so if downloading in Word or as a PDF you may see some formatting errors. Google Docs is available for free to anyone with a Gmail account.

Although we have set these out in year groups have a look at the surrounding year groups as the lesson might suit the children you are teaching.

As ever, your feedback is much appreciated and have fun!

The Moti-Lab Team

What Time is it Mr Wolf?

This activity uses the wheel to tell the time; describing comparing and solving practical problems for telling time as well as describing position, direction and movement: The activity also enables working scientifically, asking questions and performing simple tests using appropriate equipment.

The Four Seasons

This activity explores the changes that occur through the four different seasons including the changes in the weather. Identification of plants and flowers as well as working scientifically by asking simple questions and observing and recording simple data. Measurement can be compared and described by observing the chronological order of events.

Slime Time

This activity investigates the properties of liquids with different viscosity (stickiness).  Using “Gelli Baff” added to water in different amounts children can explore the effects on the flow of the liquid as it gets thicker. Scientific thinking is performed using simple questions, tests and recording observations.  Counting and fractions can be performed practically and described while taking measurements of capacity, volume, and describing the sequence of events.

Sink Or Swim

This activity investigates the density of liquids. Water balloons are filled with range of liquids and placed in the reservoir to see if they sink of float: A range of mathematical enquiries are performed using volume, capacity and measurement. The properties of everyday objects are grouped, described and compared and scientific enquiry is performed by asking simple questions, observing and recording data in a suitable chart.

Save The Water

This activity investigates water conservation, water is poured down the gutters and collected to see how much is left ; Everyday materials are identified and described, along with the  mathematical investigation of number and place value, addition and subtraction, fraction and measurements using volume and capacity. Scientific inquiry is demonstrated using simple questions and equipment.

Muddy Water

This activity investigates filtration. Soil is mixed with water and poured down the gutters, everyday objects are placed in the gutters to see if they catch any of the dirt: performing simple tests and classifying and recording results by asking questions and solving practical problems.

Let It Roll

This activity investigates how different objects move down a ramp, a range of everyday materials are sent down the gutters to see how they move; performing simple tests and classifying and recording results by asking questions and solving practical problems.  Measurement, position, direction and movement are studied and different shaped objects can be compared.

Sinking Ships

This activity investigates what the size and geometry of boats and how that affects the ability to hold weights.

Shape Up

This activity investigates how different objects move down a ramp, investigates 3D objects and introduces ideas of speed and angles.

Mixing It Up

During his activity this activity children explore how the primary colours: red, blue and yellow mix and form the secondary colours: green, orange, and purple.

Need For Speed

During his activity the children are introduced to the concept of fast and slow through scientific and mathematical exploration and pretend play. Timing and or counting exercises are used and ideas of steep and shallow angles used to predict how fast objects will move.

Sail Away

This engineering challenge involves making paper boats.  This activity investigates what sinks and floats and what geometry of boats are best for stability.