Solids, Liquids and Gases

A range of interactive and print-out practical activities provided by the Association for Science Education to help children understand the properties of solids, liquids and gases and the changes that take place when materials are heated

Information is provided through cartoons, downloadable worksheets and ideas for experiments under the following topic headings:

Solids
Liquids
Changing solids into liquids and back again
Dissolving and not dissolving
Gases
Solids, liquids and gases
Solid to liquid to gas
Changing states of water
More about dissolving
Reversible and non-reversible changes
Glossary of science terms
Topics follow the QCA scheme of work for Key Stage 2, but curriculum links are also provided for the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland curricula.

The experiments have been adapted from those used in workshops for pupils aged 7-11 years by The Making Place or are taken from That's Chemistry by Jan Rees. That's Chemistry was produced as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry's programme of support for education and a copy was sent free of charge to every primary school in the UK in 2001 with support from ABPI. Further information about this resource, together with details of how to order further copies, may be found here.

Guidance is provided for activities that require a particular awareness of safe working practices. Teachers should use their knowledge of their pupils' capabilities to select appropriate practical work for them to do.

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Please be aware that resources have been published on the website in the form that they were originally supplied. This means that procedures reflect general practice and standards applicable at the time resources were produced and cannot be assumed to be acceptable today. Website users are fully responsible for ensuring that any activity, including practical work, which they carry out is in accordance with current regulations related to health and safety and that an appropriate risk assessment has been carried out.

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