Science through stories: Oscar and the Snail

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By Sarah Stevensteacher and science coordinator

Challenge your class to explore the world around them with this new series of story-based science activities

Oscar and the snail

Oscar and the Snail: A book about things that we use by Geoff Waring (Walker Books, ISBN 9781406307047) encourages young children to explore everyday objects, finding out how they work, as well as thinking about natural and man-made materials.

Covering various elements of Key Stage 1 science, including 1c (Sorting and using materials), 2d (Grouping and changing materials) and 2e (Forces and movement), it acts as a starting point both to raise questions and address any misconceptions the children may already have.

Synopsis

The story focuses on Oscar, a kitten who ventures out into the garden. He comes across various items, such as a bird’s nest, which lead him to ask a friendly snail questions about different materials. One question leads to another, and Snail soon finds himself telling Oscar about different stones, why some things float, the purpose of a greenhouse, and much more. The book ends with a reminder of all the facts and some questions for the reader to consider. This is a fun and light-hearted introduction to materials.

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