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Special Effects Materials

This resource contains six activities that link to Properties of Materials. These resources are designed for use with mixed age groups classes of Year 5 and 6. Activities include:

  • planning and carrying out investigations into the mixing, heating and cooling of solids and liquids, through the hook of ‘mud’
  • using a range of separation techniques, including: sieving, filtration, and evaporation
  • investigating solubility, exploring the effect of different solvents and temperatures
  • measuring volume, and taking multiple readings to ensure accuracy
  • closely observing a range of reversible and non-reversible chemical reactions
  • observing rusting (oxidation) over time
  • calculating a ‘rate of burning’ for a candle
  • making prosthetic wounds, choosing the appropriate materials
  • exploring the history and future of special effects – researching key inventors and scientists

These activities have been provided by Hamilton Trust as part of their mixed age group science lessons.

The Hamilton website also hosts a wealth of other free resources.

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