Energy and forces in the primary curriculum


Strand: Energy and forces

Strand unit: Light

The child should be enabled to:

  • Identify and name different colours
  • Sort objects into sets according to colour
  • observe colours in the local environment at school, in the home, in the street, in animal and plant life
  • Explore dark and bright colours and become aware of different shades of colour colour tables, coloured light
  • Discuss differences between day and night, light and shade
  • Explore how shadows are formed

Strand unit: Sound


The child should be enabled to:

  • Recognise and identify a variety of sounds in the environment
  • Identify and differentiate between high and low sounds, loud and soft sounds
  • Explore ways of making different sounds using a variety of materials
    tins, metals, bottles and paper

Strand unit: Heat

The child should be enabled to:

  • Recognise the difference between hot and cold in terms of weather, food, water and the body
  • Identify ways of keeping objects and substances warm and cold
    wrapping and covering (e.g. cosy on teapot, cool-box, clothes, shade from sunlight)
    design and make a suitable cover to keep a hot drink warm