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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.

Click on View KS1, LKS2 or UKS2 to see which Science Strands are available for your chosen age range and a short description of each Strand. The Overview for each Strand provides more details and the Objectives document lists the objectives which are covered in all that year's Science Strands.

Many of the sessions in the Science Strands are suitable to teach alongside particular cross-curricular Topics. The links between them are shown in both the relevant Science and Topic sessions.

All the Science Strands are available for registered users of Hamilton to use. Friends of Hamilton have access to all other materials for their chosen age range and School Subscription members have access to all the materials on our site. 

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Science Y5 - Gases Strand Overview

Chn will learn that gases are one of the three states of matter & that matter can change from one state to another. Investigate air as matter & explore air pressure & resistance. Discover how we use gases in everyday life & finish with fun activities.

 
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A: Three states of matter

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Solid, liquid or gas? That is the question that kicks off this block of six sessions. Children investigate the properties of the three states and sort some familiar and unfamiliar objects into them.

Subject & Objectives & Range

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

You will need

  • Masking tape/rope, collection of solids, liquids and gas (inside containers but could include aerosols, perfume etc), containers, sand, syringes, balloons.

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B: Changing states

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Water doesn’t just dry up… it changes state! In this session children investigate how water can exist in all three states and look for evidence of water as vapour, drawing diagrams to explain what is happening.

Subject & Objectives & Range

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

You will need

  • Ice cubes, containers, warm water, cling film, mirrors, tin of paint, nail varnish, air freshener.

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C: Is air matter?

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We are surrounded by air but what is it made up of and how can we prove that it’s there? Chn find out about the gases that make up the Earth’s atmosphere before proving that it’s there and has weight!

Subject & Objectives & Range

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

You will need

  • Balloon, digital scales, coat hanger, containers with marbles, cubes, soil in them, water jugs, pumice stone, sponge, magnifying glasses.

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D: Air pressure & resistance

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… Was session C not proof enough that air IS matter? Children carry out further practical investigations to find out more about air pressure and resistance. The pneumatics activity will really get them pumped up!

Subject & Objectives & Range

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

You will need

  • Parachute, umbrella, air pump, syringes, balloons, suction pads, hard boiled egg, hyacinth vase/conical flask, hot water, plastic bottles, rubber tubing, card, parachute.

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E: Uses of gases

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Without oxygen in the atmosphere life on Earth would be impossible, but there is more to gas than breathing it in and out. Children investigate the uses of gases in everyday life situations.

Subject & Objectives & Range

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

You will need

  • Access to the internet.

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F: Fun with gases

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Candles burn. Water fizzes, paper swirls spin and chalk gets dropped in vinegar in this practical session. Children then answer the call of the Fizzy Water company to find out if their water is fizzier ice cold!

Subject & Objectives & Range

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

You will need

  • Candle, matches, glass beaker, saucer, helium balloon, hairdryer, balloon, plastic drinks bottle, chalk, vinegar, small bottles of fizzy water, balloons, coat hanger, thermometers, ice.

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