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Welcome to the Science planning area of our site! Here you will find a selection of Science Strands for each of the age ranges Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) and Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6). They include teaching sessions and resources.

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Science Y4 - Hot and Cold Strand Overview

In this Strand chn discover that some materials are better thermal insulators than others. Several investigations are carried out to discover which materials are best suited for keeping things warm or cool, & chn’s findings help them design a new product.

 
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A: Measuring the temperature

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Use everyday examples to explain that temperature is a measure of how hot or cold something is & that it increases or decreases due to heat being transferred to or away from the object. Chn find that thermometers are the best way to measure temperature!

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Science1: Scientific Enquiry 2f
  • Science3: Materials and their Properties 2c
  • Range: Science 1a, 1c

You will need

  • Range of different thermometers, drawing materials, data-logging software and hardware to record the temperature of the classroom for one day! 3 bowls of water at different temperatures (cold with ice cubes, room temperature and warm). Access to internet.

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B: Using a thermometer

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Look at a line graph of temperature changes in the classroom over 24hrs & explain why it goes up & down. Establish how to use a thermometer accurately & safely, including a close look at diff scales. Look at a range of temps of diff places or objects.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Science1: Scientific Enquiry 2a, 2c, 2e, 2i
  • Science3: Materials and their Properties 2b, 2c
  • Range: Science 2a

You will need

  • Class set of thermometers. Access to internet.

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C: Keeping hot!

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A hot flask of tea introduces the concept of thermal insulation leading to a discussion of how we & other animals keep warm or cool. Chn plan & carry out an investigation on keeping water warm. Which wrapping is the best insulator?

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Science1: Scientific Enquiry 1a, 1b, 2b, 2c, 2d
  • Science3: Materials and their Properties 1b, 2c
  • Range: Science 2a, 2b

You will need

  • Hot flask of tea, a class set of thermometers, range of diff materials for wrapping, e.g. foil, bubble wrap, cotton wool, fabric, newspaper, 2 bowls of warm water per grp of chn. Diff disposable cups, vegetable fat, icy water. Datalogger, internet access

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D: Keeping cool!

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Chn continue their investigative work by finding out which material is best for keeping ice cubes cold. What are they going to measure? An understanding of how insulators stop heat from being transferred from or to something is established.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Science1: Scientific Enquiry 1a, 1b, 2b, 2c, 2d
  • Science3: Materials and their Properties 1b, 2b, 2c
  • Range: Science 2a, 2b

You will need

  • Ice-cubes; measuring jugs/cylinders in millilitres, rulers/tape measures, clock, a range of materials e.g. bubble wrap, cling-film, newspaper, aluminium foil, fabrics; graph/squared paper.

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E: Thermal insulators & conductors

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The properties of materials relate to their use as everyday objects such as spoons. Chn test the insulating properties of various stirrers & discuss everyday uses of materials for thermal insulation or conduction. Look at diff meanings of word conductor.

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Science1: Scientific Enquiry 1a, 1b, 2b, 2c, 2d
  • Science3: Materials and their Properties 1b, 2b, 2c
  • Range: Science 2a, 2b

You will need

  • Range of different materials that can be placed in a jug of hot water, per group; a jug of hot water per group. Access to internet.

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F: Dragon's Den

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In the final session chn use all their gained knowledge of thermal insulators & conductors to design a new product that they will present to the ‘Dragon’s Den’ in the hope of marketing it!

Subject & Objectives & Range

  • Science1: Scientific Enquiry 1a, 2h, 2l
  • Science3: Materials and their Properties 1a, 1b
  • Range: Science 1a, 1b

You will need

  • Various catalogues, e.g. Argos, IKEA, John Lewis. Access to word-processing software & internet.

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