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Centre: Sink or Float Explicit / Intentional Teaching: Centre: Ocean in a Bottle

Two containers filled with water, one is diluted Mat session/Introduction: In a plastic bottle place sand in the bottom, ¼ of
with salt until it no longer dissolves and the other Begin with focus questions for the children: the way. Place in shells and rocks which will sit on
is filled with normal water. Available to the - Has anyone ever been to the beach? top of the sand. Pour in the blue coloured water.
students will be objects to see if they float or sink - What did you see at the beach? Put the lid on tight. Get the students to explain
in either or both containers. - What did you do at the beach? the layers of the ocean that they can see in their
Introduce the book then begin reading How Deep bottle
is the Sea? By Anna Milbourne.
- Question the students on how deep do
they think the sea is?
- Discuss with the students the importance
of the sea and who lives in the sea.
Introduce the main centre sink and float to all the
students. Ask the students if they think it will sink
or float, then ask why they think it will sink or
Centre: Wet and Dry Sand Conclusion:
Play the song Under the Sea from Little Mermaid
Centre: Sand Play Dough
Two containers, one filled Begin with making the sand play dough. Required
to stop the students from playing, pack up and
with dry sand and the other bring themselves to the mat. ingredients include salt, flour, sand, cream of
filled with wet sand. Available tartar, boiling water and vegetable oil. Once
Focus back onto the two main learning centres.
to the students will be cups kneaded and combined together provide a ball of
Ask students what they could make with wet sand
and beach toys to see if they sand play dough to each student. Also provided at
and what they could make with dry sand.
can make the same sand castle the table will be rolling pins and cutters to use
Ask the students what materials floated and sunk.
in each of the sand types. with the play dough to
A-%28Tileable%29 make different shapes.
To decorate students
will be given mini shells
and little rocks.
Centre: Waves in a Bottle Objective/s: Centre: Seashell crystals
In a clear plastic bottle the students will fill it with - Experiment with salt and normal water Pour boiling water into a jar and stir salt into
half oil and half blue water. Put the lid on the - Identify the difference between wet and the water until the salt no longer dissolves.
bottle tight. Tip the bottle side to side to create dry sand Places 1-3 sea shells into the jar and observe
waves within the bottle. The water and oil should the jars to watch salt crystals form.
stay separated.

Assessment & Recording: (What are we assessing? How are we assessing? How are we recording?)
- Students ability to identity salty and normal water
- Students ability to see the difference in wet and dry sand
- Teacher observation
- Checklist of objectives

Highlight one or two outcomes specifically connected to your objective/s.

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners