Teaching Science Creatively


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Manchester curriculum

As part of our wider innovative schools project – Terri and the Time Machine, we have adapted a selection of lesson plans and session resources aimed at Year 3 pupils, which fit within the Year 3 science curriculum.

These plans and resources can be used as stand alone sessions within the Year 3 science units of work and are designed to help build creativity into the science classroom.

This project has been funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the plans have been developed in collaboration with award winning theatre company One Tenth Human and Z-arts. If you have used any of our plans or would like some support in delivering them, get in touch: hannah@z-arts.org

We would love to hear your feedback!

For more information about our wider project check out our project and video: www.z-arts.org/creative-learning/terri-and-the-time-machine/



Salt dough fossils! Exploring how fossils are made.


In this session, children will find out about the process of how a fossil is made, through making their own fossils.

Year 3 science unit: Rocks and Soils

Lesson objective: I can explain how fossils are made.

Cross Curricular links: art


Check out our project where artist Mandy Beck Mc Kim and geologist Chantal Johnson worked with Year 3 pupils at St Wilfirds Primary, making their own fossils.



Bee-coming pollinators! Exploring how plants are pollinated.


In this session, children will learn about the different ways plants are pollinated through acting it out using drama.

Year 3 science unit: Plants

Lesson Objective: I can explain how plants are pollinated.

Cross curricular links: drama




Edible rocks! Exploring how different kinds of rocks are formed.


In this session, children will learn about how igneous,metamorphic and sedimentary rocks are formed though making their own with sweets!

Year 3 science unit: Rocks and Soils

Science Objective: I understand the difference between sedimentary and igneous rocks, how they are formed, and why we are more likely to find fossils in sedimentary rocks.

Cross Curricular Links: art



Shadow Puppetry! Exploring how shadows are formed and how they can change in size.


In this session, children will explore how shadows are made, how they change in size and how different materials can change what they look like. They will get to create their own shadow puppets to create and perform a puppet show.

Year 3 science unit: Light

Science objective: To recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object. To find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.

Cross Curricular Links: art, D&T, English, drama



Moving muscles! Exploring how exercise keeps our bodies healthy.


In this session, children will explore how exercise can help to keep our bones and muscles healthy through creating their own exercise routine.


Year 3 science unit: Animals including humans

Science objective:  I understand that exercising our muscles has mental and physical health benefits. I know about the different movements different joints are capable of. 

Cross Curricular Links: P.E.



Science song writing! Exploring the children’s understanding of what makes a balanced diet.


In this session, children will consolidate their learning about the different food groups and what makes a balanced diet through writing and performing their own songs.

Year 3 Science unit: Animals including humans

Science objectives: I understand what the different food groups are, what a balanced diet is, and why this is important for health (Consolidation)

Cross Curricular Links: music

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