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Materials Activities

Part of the series Great Primary Lesson Ideas

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Introduce KS1 and KS2 science pupils to the subject of materials with these great lesson-planning ideas for primary teachers.

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Alien Soup - a mixture made of sand, rice and other mystery ingredients - can encourage children to work together to filter and separate materials while discovering their properties, as shown by Year 5/6 teacher David Aston.

Pupils are left open-mouthed as Year 5 teacher Sam Harvey demonstrates how to create an irreversible change to materials. She explains how this activity can help pupils improve their prediction skills.

Meanwhile, a Year 2 class investigates the properties of ice, in an activity inspired by the story of the Snowman's Coat.

And by sharing a DIY Lava Lamp idea, Year 5 teacher Lucy Blackmore encourages children to think like scientists when faced with an unexpected outcome.


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