Infant and Primary Science Activities with Sensors

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A compendium of investigations with sensors in primary science.

Lesson idea. An updated and expanded ideas booklet by UK company Data Harvest which shows the scope for using sensors in primary science and introduces more ideas, more teacher guidance and more recent data capture equipment made by Data Harvest. Ideas include comparing bowls of porridge based on the story of Goldilocks and comparing the fabric transparency of curtains. Each activity has a teacher page with learning objectives. These resources were made for Vu equipment and software, so you may find detail differences in the instructions. The activities within this booklet might be adapted to work with other brands of sensors and software. The ideas however, ought to mesh well with UK curricula. A snapshot of the content may be seen below.

Teaching approach. This is a compendium of activities to engage pupils in inquiry(ta) based learning in the scientific method(ta), often making effective use of ICT(i) and sensors(tool). The activities involve whole class(ta) questioning(ta) and collaborative(ta) group work(ta). (edit)

Resource details
Title Infant and Primary Science Activities with Sensors
Topic [[Topics/ICT|ICT]]
Teaching approach

[[Teaching Approaches/Questioning|Questioning]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Whole class|Whole class]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Group work|Group work]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Inquiry|Inquiry]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Collaboration|Collaboration]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Scientific method|Scientific method]]

Learning Objectives
  • Understanding how sensors display values.
  • Knowing that temperature, light and sound can be 'measured'.
  • Understanding broadly what the sensing equipment does.
  • Learning about various science concepts such as reflection, insulation, transparency.
  • Seeing ways to take their investigations further.
Format / structure

Online booklet - contributed by Data Harvest UK Ltd.



Age of students / grade

[[Resources/Primary age 4-11|Primary age 4-11]],  [[Resources/Primary|Primary]]

Useful information

The Vu equipment website.
Published by Data Harvest Group Ltd.
Acknowledgements to Barbara Higginbotham (Data Harvest); Dyan Hewett; Keith Hemsley (Learning Connections) and Rosemary Feasey.

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Preview snapshot from 'Primary Curriculum Activities'