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Separating Mixtures

This resource, produced by the Royal Society of Chemistry, links to the topic area of properties of materials. It looks at the methods of separating mixtures depending on their particle size or physical properties. Containing ideas for activities, key vocabulary and background knowledge for teachers, investigations...

Suspended Ice

This video from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), aimed at primary teachers, demonstrates an experiment on density which may be used when learning about separating mixtures and the properties of liquids. Oil, water and an ice cube are all put in a clear container and the resulting levels compared. The oil...

Growing Crystals

From the Centre for Science Education, and with support from Shell Education services, these materials help children to grow large crystals using salt solution. The crystals take about a week to grow. This activity gives children the opportunity to consider processes such as: * changing materials and that changes...

The Chemedian: Starting Secondary School

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...

Grouping and Classifying Materials

Produced by the Royal Society of Chemistry for use at primary level, this resource provides activity ideas, key vocabulary, background knowledge and science poems about materials and their properties. It also aims to develop key skills including: observing and describing materials using the senses, grouping...

Irreversible Changes

Produced by the Royal Society of Chemistry, this resource aimed at primary level, provides activity ideas, key vocabulary and background knowledge about irreversible changes. Activities explore irreversible reactions which result in a new material which may be useful, such as making plastic with milk and vinegar...

Everyday materials: let's build

This resources provides six lessons on everyday materials aimed at Year 1. Explore different materials and sort them into groups before writing songs based on their properties! Consider what it would be like if the tables were made of jelly or the chairs were chocolate! Then recreate the story of the three little...

Materials *suitable for home teaching*

This resource, aimed at primary learners, provides several activity sheets which support the teaching of everyday materials and their uses. The sheets, which could be used in class or for homework, look at identifying materials common objects are made from and discussing their uses, natural and manufactured...

Everyday materials: squash, bend, twist and stretch

This series of activities aimed at Year 2 explore a range of everyday materials through investigations and explorations. They include: ways to test materials for elasticity and flexibility and find out which paper is the strongest and which fabric is the stretchiest. Children also work in small groups to design and...

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