This collection, developed by The University of the West of England, contains ten comics and investigations related to materials and their properties. They are designed to promote the teaching of scientific enquiry in an engaging and inventive way. Follow central character Selenia from an alien planet where they use magic to change the properties of materials. When she starts secondary school she finds an ancient book which allows her to leave her planet and travel to Earth. On Earth, Selenia is invisible so she causes all sorts of problems by changing the properties of materials. Followed by her head teacher, Mrs Neon, Selenia and her friends build a time machine and travel around the World having adventures and learning about science. Selenia needs help to carry out investigations to help her along the way. These all focus on an element of scientific enquiry including; planning a fair test, predicting, recording, evaluating evidence and communicating ideas. Though designed to be read in order to tell a complete story, the investigations could be carried out when teaching appropriate topics within the curriculum.
*Episode 1: The Chemedian: Starting Secondary School Investigate: dissolving
*Episode 2: Selenia and the Crazy Football Game Investigate: cooling
*Episode 3: Selenia in Chase through Wing City Investigate: sticky glue
*Episode 4: Selenia and the Smelly Lunchtime Investigate: leaks
*Episode 5: Selenia and the Victorian Adventure Investigate: air resistance
*Episode 6: Selenia:Visiting Dinosaurs Investigate: touch
*Episode 7: Selenia and the Stone Cage Investigate: hardness
*Episode 8: Selenia in Escaping from Dinosaurs Investigate: geysers
*Episode 9: Selenia in the Dead Sea Adventure Investigate: density
*Episode 10: Selenia in Homeward Bound Investigate: insulators
This resource contains a colourful comic, aimed at Key Stage Two, where children learn about the properties of materials and then design an investigation on dissolving. It promotes enquiry skills in a context, looking at how to create a fair test by changing one...
Learn about the cooling down of liquids and thermal insulators in this colourful comic aimed at students in Key Stage Two. Written to promote enquiry skills in a context, it focuses on making predictions before carrying out an investigation on how quickly a hot liquid...
Learn about the properties of materials and changing state in this colourful comic aimed at students in Key Stage Two. Written to promote enquiry skills, it contains a linked investigation which focuses on planning and recording when finding out how to make the best...
Learn about the properties of gases in this colourful comic aimed at Key Stage Two. Written to promote scientific enquiry, it contains a linked investigation which focuses on how to plan and carry out an investigation when considering which materials are good at...