Energy and forces in the primary curriculum

First and second class

Strand: Energy and forces

Strand unit: Light

The child should be enabled to:

  • Recognise that light comes from different sources
  • Recognise that light is needed in order to see
  • Investigate the relationship between light and materials
    sort materials according to whether or not they allow light through (transparent/ opaque)
    explore materials that do not allow light to pass through (opaque) and thus form shadows
    design and make a model glasshouse using a plastic bottle that will allow light to pass through
    design and make a pair of shades using different combinations of coloured film or plastic
  • Recognise that the sun gives us heat and light, without which we could not survive
  • Become aware of the dangers of looking directly at the sun

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, paper
  • Design and make a range of simple percussion instruments
    investigate how changes in materials, volume and beaters affect the sound produced

Strand unit: Heat

The child should be enabled to:

  • Become aware of different sources of heat energy
    sun, fire, radiator
  • Learn that temperature is a measurement of how hot something is
  • Measure and compare temperatures in different places in the classroom, school and environment