Y3 Investigating Different Soils

Pupils learn that most soils are made from rock fragments (sand), animal and plant fragments (humus), water and air and that soils can be different depending on the plant and animal fragments they contain and the types, number and size of the rock fragments and plant fragments mixed into them. Pupils use a hand lens to investigate two soils to see what they consist of. During the investigation they have to try and identify if the soil samples belong to a sandy soil, peaty soil, clay soil or a stony 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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