Aims and objectives
This activity can be used to support and develop children's understanding
of a variety of materials and their properties. The materials included
in the investigations are: metals; wood; brick; pigment; pottery;
stone; wool and water.
Very little previous knowledge is required for this activity as
each section contains comprehensive information and suggested activities
related to that material.
In the classroom
This activity is a short tour to look at different materials and
their properties. As well as general information about wood, wool,
water, metal, pottery, pigments, stone and brick there are a number
of experiments to help pupils find out more about each material.
As pupils take their trip around the materials, make sure they
look out for the 'questions' button - it will prompt them with random
ideas for further research.
Each selected material contains information about where it comes
from, its properties and its conservation. In addition to the information
there are also a number of simple experiments that can be undertaken
to underpin the learning in a practical context. Most of these experiments
can be conducted in the classroom, under teacher supervision, with
materials readily available from in and around the school.
For each material there is a 'questions' button. Clicking this
will reveal a randomised question which prompts further exploration
of that particular material. It is anticipated that this research
would be conducted online in order to make use of the Internet as
a research tool. A good starting point for any of these investigations
Jeeves for Kids.
Science – KS2:
Sc1 1a-b; 2a-m
Sc3 1a-e; 2a-g