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Observation over time

This type of enquiry occurs when children make careful observations of objects or events over a set time. This could be over any time period from short times such as minutes, hours, up to over a whole year.

For example, children can investigate how shadows change position and length throughout the day, or observe what happens to skittles in a glass of water, by checking and recording their observations every five minutes. As this happens over a period of time, rather than a snapshot, it is considered an observation over time activity.

Alternatively, you could create a time lapse video, of a flower moving with the sun for example, and the children watch it and respond.

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