Y3 Examining and Comparing Soils

Pupils investigate three soils, a peaty soil, a clay soil and a sandy soil. They have to decide which soil sample is which and say how and why they made their choices. For the purpose of the investigation a sandy soil can be made by adding sand to a normal garden soil, a peaty soil can be made by adding peat/compost to a normal garden soil and a clay soil can be made by adding clay to a normal garden soil.


Learning Objectives:

  • PoS - recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter
  • NaG - pupils should explore different kinds of rocks and soils
  • WS - pupils should set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests; report on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions; make systematic and careful observations

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