Teachers Tips Episode 10

EPISODE 10: TROPICAL ISLANDS

 

Power, Electricity Generation & Transfer of Energy

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Energy & Forces/Magnetism & Electricity

Class: 3rd & 4th

  • learn about electrical energy
  • investigate current electricity by constructing simple circuits

 

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Energy & Forces/Magnetism & Electricity

Class: 5th & 6th

  • learn about electrical energy
  • investigate current electricity by constructing simple circuits

 

Forces & Gravity

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Energy & Forces/Forces

Class: 3rd & 4th

  • investigate falling objects
  • explore how objects may be moved
  • explore the effect of friction on movement through experimenting with toys and objects on various surfaces

 

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Energy & Forces/Forces

Class: 5th & 6th

  • identify and explore how objects and materials may be moved
  • come to appreciate that gravity is a force
  • become aware that objects have weight because of the pull of gravity
  • explore how levers may be used to help lift different objects

 

Speed

Subject: Maths

Strand/ Strand Unit: Measures/Time

Class: 5th & 6th

  • explore the relationship between time, distance and average speed

 

Weight

Subject: Maths

Strand/ Strand Unit: Measures/Weight

Class: 5th & 6th

  • rename measures of weight
  • estimate and measure weight using appropriate metric units

 

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Energy & Forces/Forces

Class: 5th & 6th

  • become aware that objects have weight because of the pull of gravity

 

Subject: Maths

Strand/ Strand Unit: Measures/Time

Class: 3rd & 4th

  • estimate, compare, measure and record the weight of a wide variety of objects using appropriate metric units (kg, g) and selecting suitable instruments of measurement

 

Friction

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Energy & Forces/Forces

Class: 3rd & 4th

  • explore the effect of friction on movement through experimenting with toys and objects on various surfaces

 

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Energy & Forces/Forces

Class: 5th & 6th

  • explore the effect of friction on movement and how it may be used to slow or stop moving objects
  • explore how friction can generate heat

 

Air Resistance

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Energy & Forces/Forces

Class: 5th & 6th

  • explore the effect of friction on movement and how it may be used to slow or stop moving objects

 

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Materials/Properties & Characteristics of Materials

Class: 5th & 6th

  • recognise that a gas, such as air, occupies space, has mass and exerts pressure

 

Temperature

Subject: Geography

Strand/ Strand Unit: Natural Environments/Weather, Climate & Atmosphere

Class: 3rd & 4th

  • use simple equipment to make detailed weather observations and recordings of phenomena

 

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Energy & Forces/Heat

Class: 3rd & 4th

  • recognise that temperature is a measurement of how hot something is
  • measure changes in temperature using a thermometer

 

Light

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Energy & Forces/Light

Class: 5th & 6th

  • learn that light is a form of energy
  • know that light travels from a source
  • investigate the splitting and mixing of light
  • investigate the refraction of light
  • investigate how mirrors and other shiny surfaces are good reflectors of light
  • understand the role of sunlight in photosynthesis and appreciate that the sun gives us heat and light without which people and animals could not survive
  • be aware of the dangers of excessive sunlight

 

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Materials/Materials & Change

Class: 5th & 6th

  • investigate the effects of light, air and water on materials

 

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Energy & Forces/Light

Class: 3rd & 4th

  • learn that light is a form of energy
  • recognise that light comes from different natural and artificial sources
  • investigate that light can be broken up into many different colours
  • investigate the relationships between light and materials
  • recognise that the sun gives us heat and light, without which people and animals could not survive
  • investigate how mirrors and other shiny surfaces are good reflectors of light

 

Design

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Environmental Awareness & Care/Science and the Environment

Class: 3rd & 4th

  • explore the relationships between climatic factors and aspects of building construction

 

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Environmental Awareness & Care/Science and the Environment

Class: 5th & 6th

  • appreciate the application of science and technology in familiar contexts

 

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Materials/Properties & Characteristics of Materials

Class: 3rd & 4th

  • group materials according to their properties

 

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Materials/Properties & Characteristics of Materials

Class: 5th & 6th

  • identify how materials are used

 

Subject: Visual Arts

Strand/ Strand Unit: Visual Arts/Construction/Looking & Responding

Class: 5th & 6th

  • look at and talk about impressive examples of buildings created in the past in different parts of the world and at contemporary architecture, sculpture, engineering and design (slides or prints)

 

Ecosystems & Biodiversity

Subject: Geography

Strand/ Strand Unit: Environmental Awareness & Care/Environmental Awareness

Class: 5th & 6th

  • explore some examples of the interrelationship of climate, natural features, flora, fauna and human life in different environments in Ireland and in some of the main climatic regions of the world
  • explore some examples of the interrelationship of living and non-living aspects of local and other environments

 

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Living Things / Plant & Animal Life

Class: 3rd & 4th

  • investigate the factors that affect plant growth

 

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Living Things / Plant & Animal Life

Class: 5th & 6th

  • become aware of some of the basic life processes in animals and plants
  • investigate the factors that affect plant growth

 

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Materials / Materials & Change

Class: 5th & 6th

  • explore some simple ways in which materials may be separated

 

Subject: Science

Strand/ Strand Unit: Living Things / Human Life

Class: 5th & 6th

  • develop a simple understanding of food and nutrition
 

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