Year 5: Properties of materials

Properties and Changes of Materials has been split into two lists , which look at properties and changes of materials and changes of state.This list consists of lesson plans and activities to support the teaching of properties and changes of materials in Year Five. It contains tips on using the resources, suggestions for further use and background subject knowledge. Possible misconceptions are highlighted so that teachers may plan lessons to facilitate correct conceptual understanding. Designed to support the new curriculum programme of study it aims to cover many of the requirements for knowledge and understanding and working scientifically. The statutory requirements are that children are taught to:

· compare and group together everyday materials based on evidence from comparative and  fair tests, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets

· understand that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution

· use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating

·  give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic

· demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes

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